KISTI Develops Supercomputer
Korea is continuing its rapid deployment of clustered supercomputers.Korea is continuing its rapid deployment of clustered supercomputers. Last year, Samsung Electronics, Seoul National University, Microsoft and Intel joined forces to develop a 1 teraflop super computer. Now, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KISTI) has announced plans to develop a supercomputer with a target speed of 2 teraflops, more than double that of SNUs system. KISTIs supercomputer will be developed by IBM Korea and POSDATA, one of Koreas leading technology services companies, and will use Linux-based supercomputing clustering technology built around LG-IBM IA 513 servers using Networks of Workstations (NOW) technology to construct a Beowulf-type supercomputer. The manager for this high performance computing project, KISTIs Gyu-hwan Lee, said that "processor and network performance is the key for cluster-based supercomputers. We chose to use 1026 Intel Zeon 2.4 GHz processors and Myrinets PCIXD-2 switch cards."
Myrinets network switch card, announced in May, consists of a 225MHz RISC processor with a 64-bit 133MHz PCI-X BUS.