U.S. Department of Defense to Use HP Supercomputer for Weapons Systems Design.PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP (NYSE NYSE
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The powerful HP Cluster Platform 4000 system will be installed in September at the Aeronautical aer·o·nau·tic also aer·o·nau·ti·cal
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aero·nau Systems Center (ASC ASC Ambulatory surgery center, see there ) Major Shared Resource Center (MSRC MSRC Microsoft Security Response Center
MSRC Major Shared-Resource Center (Army Research Laboratory)
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MSRC Marine Spill Response Corporation ) based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 8,023 acres (3,247 hectares), W Ohio, NE of Dayton; est. 1917. One of the largest airport installations in the world, it is the air force's main research and development base, and the headquarters of the in Ohio.
The 10-teraflop system will enable the DoD to accelerate its research and collaboration on advanced weapons concepts, improve and speed up modification programs, enhance simulation programs and enable more efficient tests and evaluations. (A teraflop (unit) teraflop - 10^12 flops.
Intel beat Hitachi to the record of 1.06 teraflops, on 04 Dec 1996, unofficially in Beverton, Oregon, using 7264 Pentium Pro chips. is a measure of computer speed and equates to a trillion floating-point operations per second.)
The HP supercomputer is a 1,024-node Cluster Platform 4000 based on HP ProLiant DL145 servers with AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, www.amd.com) A major manufacturer of semiconductor devices including x86-compatible CPUs, embedded processors, flash memories, programmable logic devices and networking chips. Opteron(TM) processors running the Linux operating system. A high-speed Voltaire InfiniBand interconnect is used with HP's XC System Software providing cluster management capability.
"HP's Unified Cluster Portfolio will enable us to capitalize on the tremendous advances in price/performance provided by industry-standard technologies, while providing a fully supported, robust production system for our critical workload," said Steve Wourms, director, ASC MSRC.
In addition to the HP Cluster Platform 4000 production system, a smaller eight-node development system is also being deployed at ASC and an additional 46-node development cluster will be installed at Arnold Engineering Development Center Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), located on Arnold Air Force Base in the U.S. state of Tennessee, is the most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world. , Arnold Air Force base near Tullahoma, Tenn.
"HP's Unified Cluster Portfolio will enable the Department of Defense to gain unprecedented levels of insight into its future demands," said Tom Johnson, director, Worldwide Defense Solutions, HP. "The simulations and test protocols enabled by this supercomputer solution will be among the most sophisticated in the world, powering advances in access, integration and collaboration across the agency's research efforts."
Industry-leadership, excellent price/performance lead to selection
The HP supercomputer was chosen by the DoD's High Performance Computing Modernization Program Office, as part of its Technology Insertion for 2005 (TI-05) program, based on HP's extensive experience in high-performance computing, the completeness and robustness of the solution and its price/performance ratio.
"This deployment further illustrates the market's acceptance of cluster technologies for supercomputing challenges in real world deployments," said Winston Prather, vice president and general manager, High Performance Computing Division, HP. "Our Unified Cluster Portfolio, by bringing together tested and supported scalable solutions for computation, data management and visualization, is an important enabler for adoption of these technologies by demanding industry and government sites."
The HP systems at Wright-Patterson are supported by 100 terabytes of HP StorageWorks Scalable File Share HP StorageWorks Scalable File Share (HP SFS) is a production tested distributed parallel scalable filesystem designed to solve I/O bandwidth challenge on large computer clusters used in High Performance Technical Computing applications. (SFS (1) (Self-certifying File System) A global, network file system sponsored by DARPA that runs under Unix. Providing strong security in an untrusted environment, it enables any client to access any server that supports it. ) system storage. The 12-node clustered SFS system delivers high-bandwidth, high-capacity storage providing fast and easy access to shared storage.
The HP Cluster Portfolio, XC System Software and Scalable File Share are part of HP's Unified Cluster Portfolio, which helps customers manage and visualize large volumes of data. The Unified Cluster Portfolio provides a common implementation across multiple operating systems (HP-UX HP's version of Unix that runs on its 9000 family. It is based on SVID and incorporates features from BSD Unix along with several HP innovations.
(operating system) HP-UX - The version of Unix running on Hewlett-Packard workstations. , Microsoft Windows(R) and Linux) and servers based on industry-standard processors (Intel(R) Xeon(TM), Intel Itanium(R) and AMD Opteron).
HP has been a major supplier of supercomputers to civilian and defense agencies throughout the government for years. Among the list of customers are the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is one of nine United States Department of Energy (DOE) multiprogram national laboratories. The laboratory
PNNL is located in Richland, Washington, and operates a marine research facility in Sequim, Washington. and Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) (previously known at various times as Site Y, Los Alamos Laboratory, and Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory) is a United States Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory, managed and operated by Los Alamos National .
About the ASC MSRC
The ASC MSRC is a computational science facility supporting Department of Defense (DoD) research, development, and test and evaluation communities with high-performance computing and visualization resources. Created as part of the DoD's High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP HPCMP High Performance Computing Modernization Program (DoD)
HPCMP High-Performance Computer Monitoring Project ), the ASC MSRC High Performance Computing Center is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and is one of four DoD MSRC sites.
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