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.

"We first adopted Myrinets technology for 512-nodes clustering and we can prove that the Myrinet cards can handle more than 2 trillion operations per second," said Dr. Lee.

With the new supercomputer, KISTI, IBM Korea and POSDATA will establish a new Linux cluster supercomputer technology center by the end of September. Lee explained that the supercomputer will be used by KISTI as part of its R&D in areas such as Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), bioinformatics, nano technology and virtual testing. IBM Korea expects the KISTI supercomputer to be among the worlds 20 fastest supercomputers. Seoul National Universitys Pegasus supercomputer, with a target speed of 1011 gigaflops, ranks 57th among the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

POSDATA meanwhile announced the deployment of a Linux-based render farm to offer rendering services to HanvitSoft, a local game services company. This cluster, built around HanvitSofts Soft Image XSI rendering software, can support a maximum of 320 processors. HanvitSoft plans to offer rendering services targeted at film makers, game developers and multimedia companies.