Booming Demand for High Performance Clusters in Korea
Demand for high-performance computing clusters continues to grow in Korea, which now ranks seventh in the world in supercomputing installations.SEOUL, South KoreaDemand for high-performance computing clusters (HPCs) continues to grow in Korea, which now ranks seventh in the world in supercomputing installations, according to an organization that tracks HPCs. Last November, Samsung Electronics, Seoul National University, Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. partnered to develop a 180-node high-performance computing system that is among the 100 most powerful supercomputers in the world. Another high-profile recent deployment was spearheaded by the Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), which developed and operates a 275-node, Linuxbased supercomputing cluster built around Advanced Micro Devices Athlon processor. The system, called JIN, is the largest supercomputing system in Korea. JIN started out with 77 nodes but scaled up to 275 nodes with 17 servers, according to KIAS officials.
Demand for these high-performance computing clusters is largely driven by Koreas leading research centers, including the Korea Meteorological Administration, the Pohang University of Science and Technology, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information, and the National Institute of Environmental Research.