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November 14, 2011
Theoretical computational speed of 1.13 petaflops using PRIMEHPC FX10 at Information Technology Center
TOKYO, Nov. 14 – Fujitsu today announced that it has received an order for its new supercomputer from the Supercomputing Division, Information Technology Center, The University of Tokyo (SCD/ITC).
Fujitsu supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX10 will be used for the University of Tokyo's new supercomputer system, which will have a theoretical computational speed of 1.13 petaflops, making the system one of the few petaflops-class center systems in the world.
The new supercomputer system will start operations in April 2012. It will be used to support SCD/ITC's advanced research and educational activities in a variety of fields of science and technology, and is expected to be used by corporations as well.
Background to the Deployment of the New Supercomputer
SCD/ITC was established in 1965 as a large-scale computer center for shared use by researchers in Japan, and has been operating under its current name since 1999. The center has been contributing to advanced research using supercomputers in science and technology, and is used by more than 1,500 researchers inside and outside of the university. To meet the needs of an increasing number of diverse users and to handle large-scale applications, SCD/ITC selected PRIMEHPC FX10 for its superior computing performance, high data input/output speeds, and outstanding data processing capabilities, as well as its high compatibility with the K Computer.
The new system is expected to be put to use in a variety of fields of science and technology (including earth science, astrophysics, seismology, environmental modeling, materials science, energy, biology, fluid dynamics, and solid mechanics).
Overview of the New Supercomputer System
The calculation nodes of the new supercomputer system will use a PRIMEHPC FX10 configuration comprised of 4,800 nodes. Combining high performance, scalability, and reliability with superior energy efficiency, PRIMEHPC FX10 further enhances Fujitsu's technology used in the K computer, which achieved the world's top-ranked performance capability.
For the supercomputer's peripheral systems, 74 PRIMERGY servers, 234 ETERNUS storage systems, Technical Computing Suite (*4) HPC middleware for peta-scale systems, and FEFS, a high performance, highly-reliable distributed file system which is a component of the Technical Computing Suite, will be deployed.
Specifications of the New Supercomputer System
PRIMEHPC FX10 Compute Nodes
Number of racks: 50
Theoretical Computing Speed 1.13 petaflops
6D Mesh/Torus Tofu Interconnects
16 PRIMERGY RX200S6 servers
58 PRIMERGY RX300S6 servers
150 ETERNUS DX80S2 storage units
1.1 petabytes (RAID5)
80 ETERNUS DX410S2 storage units
2.1 petabytes (RAID6)
FEFS -- Fujitsu Exabyte File System. A high-performance distributed file system that enables sharing across 100,000 nodes.
Comment from Kengo Nakajima, Ph.D., Director, Supercomputer Division, Information Technology Center, University of Tokyo
Many of our center's users are Japan's top researchers, and they are also K computer users. By deploying PRIMEHPC FX10, which is highly compatible with the K computer, we hope to contribute to the further development of Japan's computational science capabilities. We also plan to use the new system in the HPC educational programs we have established in our graduate school to foster the development of engineers who will lead future advances in computational science. From the standpoint of the center's operation, the supercomputer's superior performance per watt of 2GFLOPS/W is especially important in light of the current electricity supply situation.
Fujitsu is a leading provider of information and communication technology (ICT)-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 170,000 employees supporting customers in over 100 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 4.5 trillion yen (US$55 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. For more information, see www.fujitsu.com.
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