Tokyo Tech to House One of the World's Top 10 Supercomputers

Attendees at the Supercomputing 2005 conference this week in Seattle learned that the Tokyo Institute of Technology will soon be home to one of the world's fastest supercomputers. The supercomputer will debut this coming spring, when it is expected to easily secure one of the highest 10 positions on the Top500 list (based on the LINPACK Benchmark)-initially realizing 85 trillion floating point operations per second (teraFLOPS), with the potential to reach more than 100 trillion teraFLOPS after adjustments for peak performance.

The design includes more than 21 Terabytes of memory and 1.1 Petabytes of hard disk storage. The use of AMD processors, NEC integration expertise, and Sun Microsystems high performance computing (HPC) technologies all factor into the delivery of the system in such a short timeframe. The supercomputer will be built of standard industry components, including AMD Opteron processors, Sun Fire x64 servers, and Sun storage technologies. The system will use Sun's N1 System Manager and N1 Grid Engine, and will be provisioned to support both the Solaris 10 and Linux operating systems.

The potential for the international research community to access and benefit from the supercomputer is great. Satoshi Matsuoka, professor in charge of Research Infrastructure at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center at the Tokyo Institute of Technology commented, "Tokyo Tech's system will be leveraged by a wide range of researchers within the university and throughout the world."

Pictured above: Sun Microsystem's new HPC center in Hillsboro, OR, which features some of the technologies to be incorporated in the future supercomputer at Tokyo Tech. (Photo courtesy Sun Microsystems)

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