University of Zurich to build x86 Sun Supercomputer

The University of Zurich (UZH) announced plans to build a new supercomputer in late summer 2009, based on 576 Sun Blade servers powered by Intel® Xeon®..
“The new supercomputer will be used to determine not only the behavior of individual molecules, but of entire molecular systems. The high-performance machine is anticipated in the fields of nanotechnology, systems biology, astrophysics, cosmology and physical chemistry; it will soon be possible, for example, to determine how planets, stars and galaxies emerge out of the so-called “primordial soup.” The new supercomputer will also be the main technology used to interpret the findings of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN).” Translated News Release


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FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

2 Responses to University of Zurich to build x86 Sun Supercomputer

  1. Peter Sladeczek says:

    Please note that the result of the machine translation is of the usual quality and particularly funny – one might say "not water proof" at some part ("As the boat is a medium SSD DIMM available." should read something like "SSD is used as medium for boot devices.") Need help for translation?

  2. Richard Brueckner says:

    The google translation page has it’s limitations, but it is very useful for getting the latest news out quickly.
    This reminds me of a recent trip to Germany with Andy Bechtolsheim. Even though he is from there, when he met with German customers he would often apologize for using English for all his technology descriptions because he didn’t know the German things like SSD.

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