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SGI to Install 12-Teraflop IT Infrastructure at Dresden University; Cost Will Surpass $18M

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (GenomeWeb News) - Silicon Graphics plans to install certain of its informatics hardware and software with around 12 teraflops in computational power in Dresden University of Technology, the company said today.


The installment, which will cost the University more than $18 million and take 12 months and two phases to complete, will be used by the school, the Dresden area, and the surrounding region, according to a University official.


The technology will be used by researchers studying material sciences, engineering, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology, according to SGI.

Terms of the placement call for SGI to install an SGI Altix shared-memory system containing 6,000 gigabytes of contiguously usable main memory and more than 1,500 processor cores based on the most recent Intel Itanium 2 dual-core technology, according to the company.

SGI said it also plans to install a Storage Area Network complex containing 60 terabytes of online disk capacity, which can provide a bandwidth of 8 gigabytes per second to the Altix system, and is capable of feeding a petabyte-sized archive tape robot with high data rate.


Another 50-terabytes-sized SAN will be provided and connected to the system, with the option of efficient access to the first SAN and hence the archiving system, SGI said.

The SAN systems are based on the SGI InfiniteStorage product, which uses fiber channel disk array systems from Data Direct Network. A PB-sized tape library system from Storage Technology will serve as the archive robot.


The company will also provide an InfiniteStorage Data Migration Facility software for hierarchical storage management, including life cycle management and data storage and retrieval. Shared file system functionality on the HPC system is implemented through SGI InfiniteStorage CXFS, while on the throughput system a Lustre file system will be used. Both platforms will be running under Novell's SUSE LINUX Enterprise Sever operating environment.

Complementary to this system, SGI will integrate a PC farm from Linux Networx with roughly 700 single system boards.

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