BOM, Sun to build $30M supercomputer

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Sun's Constellation supercomputer system

Sun's Constellation supercomputer system

Amid rumours of Sun Microsystems being snapped up by IBM, the company has announced a whopping $30 million deal with Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to build one of the largest high-performance computing environments in the southern hemisphere.

The four-year deal, in conjunction with the Australian National University, will see two Sun Constellation systems installed running an open source software stack, a first for a weather forcasting site, according to Sun.

Located at BOM in Melbourne and the ANU in Canberra, the HPC environments will have more than 2500 Sun Blade (1500 at ANU, 1000 at BOM) server modules based on the new Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processor.

The supercomputer will facilitate a National Computational Infrastructure initiative led by ANU and jointly funded by the Commonwealth National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, ANU and CSIRO.

National Computational Infrastructure director professor Lindsay Botten said the new supercomputer – 12 times more powerful than the present system – will ensure ongoing international competitiveness and provide a facility that will help Australian researchers.

ANU supercomputing facility head Dr Ben Evans said the new system will be among the world’s top 30 HPC systems and has “excellent expansion capability” to meet rapidly emerging needs.

“Particularly as we implement the next generation of high-resolution climate models that further our understanding of this complex natural system,” Evans said.

The network connection technology for the supercomputer is Infiniband and will run Sun’s HPC software stack – Sun HPC Software, Linux Edition.

At BOM, CIO Phil Tannenbaum said the system will make the organisation “the world’s first major weather service” to operate an open source environment.

“It’s a move away from where we’ve traditionally been operating and we believe the Sun infrastructure will benefit our operational systems, as well as our research and development users,” Tannenbaum said.

“We anticipated moving to open source supercomputing for the next generation, and are pleased to have the opportunity to adopt it in 2009.”

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