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November 16, 2009

Sun Microsystems unveils new products, technologies for HPC

Upgrades Storage 7000 family to double density and capacity from 288TB to 576TB in 4RU space

By CBR Staff Writer

Sun Microsystems has unveiled new products and technologies that maximise application performance and throughput, and provide building blocks for HPC systems.

According to Sun Microsystems, new products and offerings include, Sun Lustre storage system update, which doubles capacity and density with new 2 TB drives, with improved performance on open storage platforms; and Sun Blade X6275 server gigabit ethernet (GbE) version with extended GbE interconnect to ultra dense blades. It provides up to 70% more compute density (per rack) than competing blade servers, with up to 9 TeraFLOPS (TFLOPS) of peak performance per fully populated Sun Blade 6048 server chassis.

In addition, the offerings also include, an update to Sun Storage 7000 family that doubles density and capacity from 288 TB to 576TB in a 4RU space; Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 72 that provides ultra-slim, ultra-dense switch fabric offering in 1RU for Sun server clusters up to 72 quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand nodes and integrates with the Sun Blade 6048 modular system and the Sun Blade 6048 QDR NEM to scale up to 576 servers and storage systems.

Other offerings include, the Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 36 that offers customers a multi-purpose 1RU 36-node QDR IB switch fabric for enterprise applications and the HPC ClusterTools 8.2.1, which incorporates Message Passing Interface (MPI) supporting multiple interconnects including InfiniBand QDR.

The company has also doubled the performance of its 7410 Unified Storage system by upgrading up to four six-core AMD Opteron CPU processors and adding new 2TB drives. With more processing cores, twice the DRAM cache up to 512 gigabytes and double the storage capacity 576TB/s, it delivers increased performance and system bandwidth.

John Fowler, executive vice president of systems group at Sun Microsystems, said: “Sun servers, storage and networking continue to fuel world record HPC performance and provide the building blocks for dozens of new Sun Constellation System deployments around the globe. Corporations and scientists alike are using Sun server and storage innovation to gain competitive advantage and tackle the world’s most complex problems.”

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