The Forshung Julich phase two super computer, now Europe’s largest, had its formal opening session last week and Mark Hamiltion, Sun VP who leads our HPC team went to visit them, and recorded it on his blog, in a couple of articles dated as at the end of May, because it runs on Sun. He wrote three articles, several of them with lots of pictures.
This is Europe’s largest super computer and runs on Sun’s Constellation systems, Mark’s article “Memorial Day in Germany” and the Forshung Julich web page, “Systems Configuration” talk about the technology, where they state, they have 2208 compute nodes, each with dual, Intel Xeon X5570 (Nehalem-EP) quad-core processors, running at 2.93 GHz. This has over 17500 cores with 207 Teraflops peak performance, hardly surprisingly they have also taken four of Sun’s Data Centre Switches.
The EU’s PRACE project funded the feasibility of this and I have been tracking it for a while since we knew that phase 2 was to be based on Sun’s hardware.
This article originally appeared on my Sun blog now here, and was published in June 2009. I copied it across in October 2014, when I re-linked to the picture hosted here, which I shrank and hosted in my wordpress cache.