Raytheon E-Systems announces suppliers on 15 teraflop high performance computing system.
The computational components are part of a larger system that, when completed, will be the largest missions critical application of supercomputing in the world.
Raytheon E-Systems Garland Division is the prime contractor and system integrator for the project, which was awarded in 1995. The companies selected to supply future generation commercial-off-the-shelf supercomputer products include Cray Research Inc., Silicon Graphics Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation. The customer's current equipment, a supercluster of four CRAY C90's, will also be integrated in the new system to support the mission requirements through a heterogeneous computing environment.
The selections were made after extensive evaluation of a number of suppliers' proposed solutions. The analysis methods used -- which included benchmarking, modeling and simulation techniques -- allowed the total system performance to be predicted as a function of equipment configuration in the context of future operational scenarios. Raytheon E- Systems will develop the software infrastructure that will allow the heterogeneous mix of machines to operate as a virtual compute engine.
In addition to the supercomputers from these key suppliers, the architecture utilizes a high bandwidth network infrastructure based on the emerging ANSI HIPPI-6400 standard, a 432 terabyte data archive using EMASS(R) mass storage components, and an operational support infrastructure consisting of networked fileservers and user workstations.
At its completion the system will have peak processing speed in excess of 15 teraflops, internal memory approaching one terabyte, shared memory of nearly 25 terabytes and aggregate input/output bandwidth of over 25 gigabytes per second.
"Raytheon E-Systems has designed an approach that represents an architectural framework of the future -- a heterogeneous computing environment co-mingled with high bandwidth interconnectivity and mass storage," said Debra Goldfarb, vice president, workstation and high performance systems, International Data Corp., and an analyst in the high performance computing industry.
The initial operational capability of five teraflops will be complete in 1999 and will be functional 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with negligible downtime. The final capability of 15 teraflops goes on-line in 2002. This integrated solution will maximize cost efficiency while allowing for use of shared resources among end users. The system will also be transferable to a significant number of environments especially those with a mix of computation requirements whose execution efficiency varies depending upon computer architecture.
"With a project of this size, our customer was very concerned about the cost and performance of the computing resources. They obviously wanted a system that leveraged mainstream technology," said George Spiva, vice president, business development and strategic planning at the Garland Division.
"But they also wanted to certify that the solution would be able to solve their complex business problems and would be flexible enough to allow them to be responsive to their customers' future demands and new mission applications. At the same time, they wanted to be able to take advantage of technology as it develops. Our solution does all that," Spiva added.
Raytheon E-Systems has over 25 years of experience in the design, development, installation and maintenance of special purpose hardware and software systems and has been a pioneer in the high performance computing arena.
"Raytheon E-Systems is taking a leadership role in defining the supercomputing center of the future," Goldfarb added. "The company brings to the table a tremendous skill mix and is on the cutting edge in taming heterogeneous high performance computing environments," she stated.
Raytheon E-Systems is a worldwide developer and producer of electronics systems products in the areas of intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance systems, command and control, specialized aircraft maintenance and modification, guidance, navigation and control, communications and data systems.
Raytheon Company, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is a $12 billion international, high technology company which operates in four businesses: commercial and defense electronics, engineering and construction, aircraft and major appliances.
CONTACT: Raytheon E-Systems, Dallas
Joe D. Curtis, 214/392-4922; Fax 214/392-4918.
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|Date:||May 16, 1996|
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