Fujitsu today announced that it has received a supercomputer order from Japan's Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM), an interuniversity research organization.
The order is for a hybrid system comprising two supercomputers—a distributed-memory supercomputer made up of 360 PRIMERGY RX200S5 PC servers, with a theoretical peak performance of 33.7 teraflops, and a shared-memory supercomputer made up of two SPARC Enterprise M9000 UNIX servers, with a theoretical peak performance of 4 teraflops.
The supercomputer system is due to begin regular operations in January 2010.
Since its founding in 1944 as Japan's central research organization for statistical mathematics, the ISM has opened its doors to a diverse range of researchers, and has joined forces internationally to pursue accomplishments in numerous fields.
The ISM decided to deploy a new supercomputer system in order to develop new statistical methods for extracting information and processing data amid a rapidly expanding volume of data. The system will be used to research and develop new statistical techniques such as statistical modeling, large-scale data analysis, and data assimilation (a next-generation simulation technique). It is also hoped that the system will establish methods for forecasting and knowledge discovery based on large volumes of data, as well as quantitative risk analysis, all of which can benefit society.
The new system is a hybrid consisting of two supercomputers, one with distributed memory and one with shared memory, a large-scale shared storage system, a physical random-number generator, and a visualization system.
The operating environment for the two supercomputers are integrated using Parallelnavi, Fujitsu's high-performance computing (HPC) middleware, which allows users to operate the hybrid system seamlessly as a single supercomputer.
"Although we chose Fujitsu mainly because of its high-performance products, I have to admit that there's a special bond between us over the years. The ISM moved to the Minami-Azabu area of Tokyo in February 1955, and at that time, we had a Fujitsu FACOM 415A computer specifically designed for correlation computations. In 1956, we installed the relay computer Fujitsu FACOM 128. This was the first general-purpose mainframe server available in Japan, and represented the cutting-edge computing performance needed for statistical sciences at that time. The new supercomputer will be the first Fujitsu machine to be installed in our computer room following our move to Tachikawa, Tokyo in October 2009. The new supercomputer system's pair of SPARC Enterprise M9000 servers, one of which has 2 terabytes of main memory, will be ideal for statistical research that handles vast amounts of data. The PRIMERGY RX200S5 cluster will be the first QDR fat tree network in Japan, making it easier to achieve high-speed parallel calculations. One application for the system will be research into data-assimilation techniques, an important part of next-generation supercomputing technology. We believe the new system will be a great contribution to all data-oriented sciences that employ statistics."
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Date: 30 September, 2009
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