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Sandia National Laboratories Powers One of World’s Fastest, Most Energy Efficient Supercomputers with Oracle’s Sun Servers

26 April 2011 268 No Comment

Sun Blade Servers Provide Foundation for Sandia Supercomputer; Organization Achieves Tenfold Increase in Computational Capacity, Reduces Energy Consumption and Cost by 77 Percent

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Sandia National Laboratories is using Oracle’s Sun Blade Servers to power Red Sky / Red Mesa, one of the world’s fastest and most energy efficient supercomputers.
Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration.
After a competitive review of hardware providers, Sandia National Laboratories selected Oracle’s Sun servers, including Sun Blade Modular Systems with the Sun Cooling Door System and Oracle’s network fabric, as the foundation for the Red Sky / Red Mesa supercomputer due to the hardware’s extreme performance capabilities and energy-efficiency features to scale mission-critical applications in the production environment.
Using Sun blade servers, Sun storage and Infiniband networking technologies in its supercomputer datacenter architecture, Sandia has been able to significantly decrease power, energy usage and costs, while dramatically increasing its computational capacity.
Using the Oracle developed Lustre file system running on Sun storage servers and Sun disk arrays, Sandia increased their storage capacity and IO performance using an Infiniband connected file system with over 6PB in capacity that delivers more than 20GB/Sec in throughput.
Sandia National Laboratories recently received Oracle’s 2010 Enable the Eco-Enterprise Award for using Oracle technologies to lower energy use, resources and costs.
Increase in Computational Power, Reduction in Energy Usage and Costs
Sandia National Laboratories’ Red Sky / Red Mesa system provides the computing power for a variety of complex computational projects.
Sandia National Laboratories used the system as the foundation for building kinetic models of advanced fuel chemistry, including biofuels, to provide other researchers with a platform to study, evaluate and predict how the fuels will burn in an engine.
Sandia National Laboratories also used the Red Sky / Red Mesa system to create complex molecular dynamics modeling and simulation for cellulose decrystallization involving billions of interactions at the atomic level achievable in just four to six weeks — a process that took up to six months with their previous system from a competitor.
With the Sun technology, Sandia National Laboratories has:
Gained a tenfold increase in computational capacity
Reduced energy consumption and cost by 77 percent with Red Sky
Achieved a peak performance of more than 500 trillion mathematical operations per second
Removed 90 percent of the heat load on servers using the Sun Cooling Door energy-efficient cooling systems
Saved 5 million gallons of water per year
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Oracle’s Sun Server Networking
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