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June 19, 2008
Three different platforms achieve superior performance and efficiency
TOKYO, June 19 -- Thanks to their outstanding execution efficiency, supercomputer systems constructed by Fujitsu Limited were included in the latest edition of the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers, announced on June 18 at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'08) in Dresden, Germany.
The inclusion reflects the high-performance software development technologies offered by Fujitsu combined with superior systems integration technology that extracts the maximum performance from the hardware.
Each of the Fujitsu systems included in the TOP500 list has a distinct architecture, all designed to achieve superior efficiency in execution.
Extremely high performance and efficiency for the three distinct architectures was achieved by combining Fujitsu's high-performance hardware with its software development technologies such as Parallelnavi, a middleware package for high-performance computing (HPC), which helps extract the hardware's maximum potential, and its system integration technologies.
Fujitsu is the only company in the TOP500 list using AMD's AMD64, Intel's Intel64 and IPF architectures and to obtain 80 percent efficiency or better from all of them.
About the TOP500 list
The TOP500 list has been published since 1993, and is updated twice a year, in June and November, to provide the ranking of world's 500 fastest supercomputers based on performance results of the LINPACK parallel benchmark program.
Parallelnavi is Fujitsu's complete package of middleware for high-performance computing supporting a diverse line of Fujitsu's HPC platforms. It provides a development environment that includes compilers and mathematical libraries as well as an execution environment and file system for HPC.
Because LINPACK's performance is strongly determined by the mathematical libraries, the latest rankings are an indication of the performance available from every system.
About HPC at Fujitsu
With a broad range of products, a robust service network, and know-how gained from more than 30 years of supporting high-performance computing, Fujitsu provides high-performance technical computing systems. Fujitsu's unique strength is to deliver comprehensive HPC systems comprising not simply hardware but also software and systems integration.
Fujitsu is a leading innovator in the field of supercomputing, continually tackling a variety of technical challenges.
Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 160,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.3 trillion yen (US$53 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008. For more information, see http://www.fujitsu.com/.
Source: Fujitsu Ltd.
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