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Worlds Second Fastest Supercomputer





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I just happened to come across this - the Second Fastest SuperComputer in the World developed by a collaboration of California Digital, an Indian company based in both US and India and Intel. It's shaped by an immense linux cluster using the Beawolf Cluster Architecture. This happened quite sometime back (middle of last year) but I stumbled upon it a couple of days back. Here are some excerpts from different sites:

Quote:
ANAND Babu, who works for California Digital in the US—the company is owned by an Indian—has built a supercomputer which is the second-fastest in the world. It has 4096 Itanium2 64 bit processors, 8 TB of RAM, Quadrics Interconnect, and runs GNU/Linux. Codenamed Thunder, the machine boasts more than 20 trillion floating point operations per second, and commands second place in the current Top500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. All the software Babu has released is under GNU GPL.

Read more at http://www.expresscomputeronline.com/20040816/coverstory01.shtml



Quote:
California Digital & Lawrence Livermore Deploy Fastest Linux Cluster
23 Teraflop Peak System Is World's Second Fastest

FREMONT, CA-[May 13, 2004]--Linux cluster vendor California Digital, Quadrics, and Intel today announced that they had successfully deployed the most powerful Linux supercomputer ever built, a 4,096 Itanium2 processor based Linux cluster code named "Thunder" at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The Thunder cluster delivers 19.94 teraflops of sustained performance, making it the most powerful computer in North America. Thunder also boasts the largest Itanium 2 processor deployment, as well as the largest implementation of Quadrics' low-latency QsNet^II interconnect technology. These technologies allow Thunder to achieve record cluster efficiency of 86.9%, an important metric in measuring cluster scalability.

"We're proud to have successfully delivered such a ground-breaking Linux cluster with world-record performance and efficiency," reported California Digital CEO B.J.Arun. "Thunder sets important benchmarks for massively-parallel Linux computing."

Thunder uses 1,024 California Digital 6440 servers, each with four Intel Itanium2 1.4GHz processors with 4MB of cache, 8GB of RAM, and 73GB of local storage. "Working with California Digital and Lawrence Livermore has been a great opportunity to demonstrate the absolute performance and scalability that can be achieved with Intel's Itanium2 processor" said Intel Enterprise Platforms General Manager Richard Dracott.

Thunder's efficiency and scalability rest on the strength of its sophisticated interconnect technology, Quadrics' QsNet^II offering. QsNet^II (Elan4) provides the underlying high bandwidth and low latency MPI communications required by today's demanding scalable applications. With support for broadcast in hardware and scaleable collective operations, QsNet^II scales clusters efficiently to over 4,000 nodes.

Read more at http://www.californiadigital.com/thunder.shtml



More links :

1. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/684336.cms
2. http://www.linuxworld.com/story/44799.htm
3. http://www.nasscom.org/artdisplay.asp?Art_id=3755
4. http://www.tie.org/view_news?id_news=12


The whole point of putting this news up here to go Hip Hip Hoooraaaaah for Linux my best-est, favourite-est OS. Another BIG Feather in its cap,

Windows - Keep dreaming unsuccessfuly to achieve something even 1/100th of this.... roflmao
mOrpheuS
Anarch wrote:
Windows - Keep dreaming unsuccessfuly to achieve something even 1/100th of this

while that statement might be a little exaggerated,
anybody running 4096 procs will probably go bankrupt buying the number of windows licences required for that cluster.
Laughing
wraith
lol...they should just you linux cos windows sux cept for gaming
arauca1965
mOrpheuS wrote:
Anarch wrote:
Windows - Keep dreaming unsuccessfuly to achieve something even 1/100th of this

while that statement might be a little exaggerated,
anybody running 4096 procs will probably go bankrupt buying the number of windows licences required for that cluster.
Laughing


lol Very Happy
Guest
Thanks For The Info.
cnnet
cool
if I have one it will be bettere
Razz Razz
Am I daydreaming?
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