Sun Microsystems Inc. is releasing a new high-performance computing (HPC) system that it said has the potential to create one of the largest supercomputers on the planet, reaching petascale.
Sun calls it the Constellation System. It's built on mainstream operating systems and hardware, but uses clusters and a new storage system, the Sun StorageTek 5800. That system can hold up to half a petabyte of storage per rack.
Sun's HPC cluster architecture uses chips from Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and its own UltraSparc chips, and it supports Linux, Solaris and Windows operating systems. Each chassis can hold up to 48 blades. Sun also designed this system with InfiniBand switches.
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