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Fujitsu Brings Simplicity to High Performance Computing

Fujitsu Technology Solutions

Munich, May 28, 2013

News facts:

  • New Simplicity concept provides sub-EUR 30,000 HPC entry point
  • Easiest-to-use HPC clusters ever thanks to integrated web-based environment and Fujitsu HPC Cluster Suite software
  • Scalable file system unlocks the bottleneck of massive transactions and dramatically improves innovation cycles


Fujitsu today introduces a new initiative making it easier than ever for companies to harness the power of High Performance Computing (HPC), with solutions that enable faster product development and accelerated time to market – plus an intuitive new user interface and complete system pricing now that is more affordable than ever.

The speed hike in computing performance presents organizations of all sizes with new opportunities, for example in quickly validating and exploiting research theories, in speeding up product development through computer-based modeling, and in finding competitive advantages in the market by getting a better picture of customers’ buying behavior, through rapidly analyzing multiple sources of big data.

The use of HPC is increasingly gaining widespread acceptance in the principal fields of research – where its enhanced computer processing power is ideally suited to modeling and long-range forecasting, in analysis, and in production applications from passenger safety through to molecular dynamics.

Making HPC more widely accessible and easier to use than ever, the Fujitsu HPC Simplicity concept combines the Fujitsu Software HPC Cluster Suite (HCS), an immediately optimized x86 HPC cluster solution based on Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers, with a new graphical user interface-based front end – and a new price, with a complete HPC cluster now available from under EUR 30,000.

Fujitsu HPC Simplicity introduces significant new software stack enhancements and a simplified, web-based user experience, while a scalable file system dramatically improves innovation cycles, by enabling high-speed parallel distributed processing of very large amounts of read/write transactions.

For organizations developing new products and solutions, reducing time to market is often critical to profitability, and HPC is a vital competitive tool for achieving this, both at the research and development and at the production stages. Fujitsu HPC Simplicity enables enterprises to capture the knowledge and expertise that matters to their business, making the use of HPC easier for experts and more broadly accessible to beginners.

Fujitsu HCS is a comprehensive, purpose-built software stack that includes a set of fully-validated HPC software components including the HPC Gateway, combining the best-of-breed open source with proprietary software products such as Altair’s market-leading workload management software product, PBS Professional, and tools that ensure optimal operation of the Fujitsu PRIMERGY x86 hardware platforms.

Fujitsu’s innovative scalable file system, FEFS enables high-speed parallel processing of very large amounts of read/write I/O from the compute nodes. Very large-scale file systems with up to 8 Exabytes (8000PB) – enough capacity to store the entire contents of global internet traffic over a whole week – and supports throughput of 1TB/s. FEFS also boasts features such as built-in high availability of all components, fair share I/O management and directory level quotas.

Fujitsu’s portfolio of PRIMERGY servers offers reliability, quality and performance for HPC users. Incorporating more than 30 years of HPC experience and intellectual property, PRIMERGY provides a complete ecosystem that helps enterprises operate more efficiently and drive down costs. PRIMERGY servers also excel in energy efficiency, virtualization features and sophisticated system management functions.


Supporting Quotes

Dr. Christoph Tietz, Senior Key Expert Engineer, Siemens AG, Corporate Technology
“Thanks to Fujitsu, we have a stable, predictable and scalable HPC solution that is helping us make more accurate simulations of the copper and energy markets. This allows us to make the best decisions in a rapidly changing market. The new cluster is stable and because it is homogeneous – running on the same kernels – we can predict exactly how long each simulation will take. And we don’t have to share the computing resource so we can use it to run our simulations 24x7. That means we are getting a lot more done.”

Dr. Bill Nitzberg, Chief Technology Officer, Altair’s PBS Works
“We are proud Fujitsu chose PBS Professional for the HPC Cluster Suite Advanced Edition, providing the best available workload management for HPC users. With this solution, Fujitsu and Altair are continuing our leadership in market-leading computing solutions that are easy to adopt and use. This integrated offering provides a first-rate cluster solution for application users who need to get up and running quickly with a high performance system that just works.”

Uwe Neumeier, Vice President, Global Server Business at Fujitsu
“Speed of execution is key, and Fujitsu HPC Simplicity brings faster, high-end computing within the reach of many mid-size companies for the first time ever. Affordable HPC systems help companies more swiftly to realize their strategic objectives, and the almost limitless computing power means that no data processing or calculation job is too big, or will take too long. Fujitsu offerings enable our customers to increase efficiency and effectiveness of their datacenter infrastructure considerably.”


Pricing and availability

The HPC Cluster Suite is generally available in Europe, Middle East and Africa from June 1, 2013 (other global regions to follow), via Fujitsu and certified HPC partners; release of FEFS will follow at the end of July 2013. Prices vary by country.


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About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.4 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu Technology Solutions

Fujitsu Technology Solutions is the leading European IT infrastructure provider with a presence in all key markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, plus India, serving large, medium-sized and small businesses. The company offers a full portfolio of IT products, business solutions and services, ranging from workplace systems to datacenter solutions, managed services, and cloud-based software and solutions. Fujitsu Technology Solutions employs approximately 13,000 people and is part of the global Fujitsu Group. For more information, please see: ts.fujitsu.com/aboutus.

All other company or product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Information provided in this press release is accurate at time of publication and is subject to change without advance notice.


Contact

Dr. Laura Bonamici

+49 89 62060 4454
laura.bonamici@ts.fujitsu.com
Fujitsu
Corporate Communications Team, International Business

Simon Jones

+49 89 30 90 51629
simonj@onpr.com
OnPR GmbH


Date: 28 May, 2013
City: Munich