World's First Complete Linux Cluster System Using InfiniBand Technology Configured for High Performance Computing
- Fujitsu adopts InfiniBand technology and demonstrates
high performance clustered systems -
Tokyo, October 29, 2001---Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories
Ltd. announced today that they have succeeded in constructing, and
running an operational application on, a Linux-based cluster system
for High Performance Computing Environments using the ultra high-speed
InfiniBandTM interconnect technology - an industry first. Such
systems are expected to greatly assist in improving price/performance
in areas like biotechnology, fluid analysis and structural analysis,
where high performance computing is required.
The successful cluster system was constructed with 16 2-way Fujitsu
PRIMERGY servers (32 processors in total) linked using InfiniBand
interconnect technology for a maximum data transfer rate of 2.5Gbps.
InfiniBand is a standard promoted by the InfiniBandSM Trade
Association, whose members include Fujitsu, Intel(R) and IBM. The
aim of this association is to meet the demand for balanced system
architectures that provide equally good performance in memory,
processor, and input/output (I/O) subsystems.
This pathbreaking achievement was also made possible by use of SCore
clustering software, developed as part of the Real World Computing
Partnership (RWCP) commissioned by the Japanese Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry. Together, InfiniBand technology and SCore help
combine high calculation efficiency with lowest possible cost of
The system construction also included pre-release versions of Intel's
InfiniBand products. The version of the AMBER-based demonstration
application also contained a display component developed by the RWCP,
and was ported to run on top of the SCore cluster software from RWCP.
"Intel-based servers featuring InfiniBand technology will deliver
significant benefits to enterprise computing, especially for high-end
clustering applications," said Mike Fister, vice president and general
manager of Intel's Enterprise Platforms Group. "We welcome the
expanding range of applications that Fujitsu's involvement in high-end
clusters brings to Intel-based servers."
This system will be publicly demonstrated at the Scientific System
Workshop part of the HPC meeting scheduled for November 1st/2nd 2001,
at the Bay Sheraton Hotel in Kobe, Japan.
InfiniBand is a trademark or service mark of the InfiniBand Trade
Association. Established by Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel,
Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, the InfiniBand Trade Association
promotes this next generation I/O specification. Fujitsu participates
as a Member company and the Fujitsu group company, Fujitsu Siemens
Computers, as a Sponsoring Member company.
A Linux-based parallel processing system that can connect from several
to thousands of distributed IA server systems.
An output from the Real World Computing Partnership (RWCP), SCore is
cluster system software that was developed at the RWCP research center
in Tsukuba, Japan.
The RWCP also has its own home page at:
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Corporation IA-32 architecture processors. It is included in the
compiler product "Parallel Fortran&C Package" for Linux and conforms
to the latest ANSI standards.
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Kenichi Watanabe, Scott Ikeda
Fujitsu Limited, Public Relations
Tel: +81-3-3215-5259 (Tokyo)
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