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Fujitsu Re-Enters UK Supercomputing Market
Kick starts ambitions with a flagship £15m partnership with HPC Wales
to shape a prosperous future for the region
Fujitsu UK & Ireland
- The HPC Wales project will include over 1400 nodes across more than eight linked sites
- The aggregated performance of compute nodes is more than 190 TFlops
- The system consists mainly of Fujitsu Primergy cluster servers based on Intel Xeon and InfiniBand interconnect with Linux and Windows operating systems
- To realise a distributed HPC infrastructure, each system is interconnected with Fujitsu's middleware technology SynfiniWay
- Fujitsu developed Japan's first supercomputer, the FACOM 230-75APU in 1977 and continued leading the HPC market for over 30 years. It provides a broad range of computing products such as x86-based clusters, large-scale SMP servers, software and solutions to meet comprehensive HPC requirements
- Fujitsu is developing the "K computer," Japan's Next-Generation Supercomputer with RIKEN, a leading scientific research institution under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This is a central part of Japan's prominent initiative to establish the High-Performance Computing Infrastructure including strategic research projects
- HPC Wales was announced in July 2010 and is expected to be operational before the end of 2011
- It is funded by:
- £19m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) channelled through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), an executive agency of the National Assembly for Wales
- £10m from the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
- £4m from collaborating institutions.
- £5m from the Welsh Assembly Government and private sector and research income.
- The £40m investment will cover equipment, management and operational costs over the first five years to 2015
- Hubs will be in Cardiff and Swansea/Pembroke Dock. They will be linked to spokes at Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor and the University of Glamorgan, with further links to University of Wales Alliance of Universities and business innovation centres throughout Wales
- Fujitsu will be working in a partner eco-system to deliver the HPC Wales project – including Intel, Platform Computing, Microsoft, Mellanox, DDN, Cisco and Symantec
- HPC Wales is managed by a charitable, not-for-profit organisation set up by the St David's Day Group of Universities and the University of Wales
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 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 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com
Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 11,400 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see: uk.fujitsu.com
Date: 22 March, 2011