Princeton University is a recipient of the Sun Grid Education Grant for 100,000 hours of central processing units (CPUs) on the Sun Grid Compute Utility. Sun Grid helps customers and partners derive immediate benefits from an open, Grid-based computing infrastructure on a utility basis by giving them more choice and control over how they purchase and leverage IT. To date, Princeton, a leading research institution and undergraduate college, has used nearly 11,000 CPU hours on the Sun Grid Compute Utility.
Sun awarded Princeton the Sun Grid Education Grant to further expand Princeton's cutting-edge research to verify new numerical algorithms for astrophysical gas dynamics running on Sun Grid. Powered by Sun Grid using the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), Princeton conducted its tests at resolutions that previously were not possible, without the long-term lifecycle costs related to capital, management, depreciation and floor space. This 100,000 hour grant will be available for Princeton to use as they need, without reservation or intervention from Sun, accessible via the Sun Grid. The grant will take effect Jan. 1, 2006.
“I'm very impressed with Sun Grid's rapid turnaround time — there's no waiting in a queue for access to computing power,” said Thomas A. Gardiner, department of astrophysical sciences at Princeton. “Because we'll be able to access massive compute power whenever we need with Sun Grid, our astrophysics research is now less constrained by IT infrastructure issues. Sun's donation is a big boost in our efforts to unlock the mysteries of the universe.”
“Innovation is what fueled this major breakthrough that led to the introduction of Sun Grid, and it's this same spirit of fostering innovation in the scientific community that is behind our grant to Princeton,” said Stuart Wells, executive vice president, of utility computing at Sun Microsystems. “Princeton's Astrophysics Department is harnessing the compute power of Sun Grid to conduct its ground-breaking research at an unprecedented scale and pace. From education institutions to financial establishments to oil and gas companies, Sun Grid is drastically simplifying the way organizations select, acquire and use next generation IT infrastructure.”