LSI Provides HPC Storage for Swiss Supercomputer

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-06-22 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The massively parallel Cray XT5 supercomputer now is capable of delivering a sustained data transfer rate of 20 GB/s for its open-source Lustre file system. The recently completed upgrade has resulted in a system that is the most powerful supercomputer in Switzerland and one of the largest HPC systems in Europe.

The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre in Manno, Switzerland, announced June 22 that it has upgraded its current Cray XT3 supercomputer to an even faster Cray XT5 system, and that it selected LSI to handle the massive storage requirement.

The announcement was made on the opening day of the International Supercomputing Conference 2009 in Hamburg, Germany.

The updated supercomputer now employs five LSI Engenio 7900 high-performance computing storage systems as its part of the upgrade.

The massively parallel Cray XT5 supercomputer now is capable of delivering a sustained data transfer rate of 20 GB/s for its Sun Microsystems-provided, open-source Lustre file system. The recently completed upgrade has resulted in a system that is now the most powerful supercomputer in Switzerland and one of the largest HPC systems in Europe.

Founded in 1991, CSCS, the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre develops technical and scientific services in high-performance computing for the Swiss research community.

The center collaborates with domestic and foreign researchers on selected projects and carries out its own research in scientific computing. Located at Manno near Lugano, in the southern, Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, CSCS is an autonomous unit of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

"The upgrade to the Cray XT5 with integrated LSI storage is a significant step toward sustained petascale computing capability," said CSCS Director Thomas Schulthess.

"The exceptional storage performance is important to achieve a well-balanced supercomputer that will enable our users to push the boundaries of simulation-based science and gain scientific insights that would otherwise be impossible."
 
The Engenio 7900 HPC systems are the latest in a series of LSI storage installations at the CSCS which have been integral to the Centre's recent breakthrough results in research and petascale computing technology.

The new Cray-LSI system will enable large-scale simulation-based science in fields ranging from climatology and geology to genetics, astronomy and experimental medicine.
 
The Engenio 7900 storage arrays are based on seventh-generation LSI XBB2 architecture, the company said. The units feature very high bandwidth and flexible host connectivity, including InfiniBand and 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel, with scalability to 480 drives.
 
More information on the 7900 system is available here.

 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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