Sun HPC Consortium in a Nutshell

Josh Simons has a great writeup on the Sun HPC Consortium that wrapped up this week in Hamburg:

“Our first customer talk on Monday was given by Prof. Dr. Thomas Lippert head of the Jülich Supercomputing Center(JCS), site of Sun’s largest European deployment to date of our Sun Constellation System architecture. He first gave a brief history of the Jülich Research Center, which is one of the largest civilian research centers in Europe with over 4000 researchers in nine departments, one of which is the new Institute for Advanced Simulation of which JCS is a part. The site has a very long history of computer acquisitions, starting in 1957. This year JCS purchased three systems: a Sun system (JuRoPa), a Bull system (HPC-FF), and an IBM system (Jugene.) These systems have, respectively, 200 TFLOPs, 100 TFLOPs, and 1 PFLOPs of peak performance. Since the Sun and Bull systems are interconnected at the highest level of their switch hierarchies, the two machines can be run as a single system. This combined system delivered 274.8 TFLOPs on LINPACK which earned it the #10 entry on the latest edition of the TOP500 list. Collectively, JCS serves about 250 projects across Europe, including 20-30 highly scalable projects that are chosen by international referees for their potential for producing breakthrough science.” Full Story

About Rich
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.

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