Fujitsu Prime Software Technologies Limited
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
Fujitsu Succeeds in Constructing High-Performance Linux Cluster System
-- Is World's First with InfiniBand Technology and DAFS --
Tokyo, February 25, 2002 -- Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Prime Software
Technologies Limited (Fujitsu PST) and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today
announced their success in realizing the world's first high-performance
Linux cluster (*1) system using Direct Access File System (DAFS) (*2)
high-speed file sharing protocol and InfiniBand (TM) (*3) inter-memory
The new system achieves six times the data transfer efficiency during
file read with only 1/17th the CPU utilization rate in comparison with
standard NFS (Network File System) solutions. This breakthrough will
enable the creation of systems optimized for use in the fields of
biotechnology, fluid analysis and structural analysis.
Fujitsu's PRIMERGY Intel-based server platform was used for the new
cluster system, together with Fujitsu PST's DAFS-based high-speed
common file system, PSTorage InfiniFS (*4). The system consists of
a single file server running DAFS, 16 (32CPU) DAFS clients loaded with
high-performance SCore (*5) cluster software linked using InfiniBand
Fujitsu PST is moving toward commercial release of PSTorage InfiniFS,
and a trial installation of the new cluster system at Japan's High
Energy Accelerator Research Organization is planned for April 2002.
The system is being demonstrated at the Intel Developers Forum, Spring
2002 (Feb 25 - 28), which is being held at the Moscone Center in San
|Hardware:||PRIMERGY MS610 x1 (CPU:Intel (R) Pentium (R) lll Xeon 700MHzx2, memory: 2GB)
InfiniBand specification Host Channel Adapter
|Software:||RedHat 7.2 (kernel 2.4.9)
|File system:||PSTorage InfiniFS
- PC Cluster
|Hardware:||PRIMERGY L200 x16 total 32CPU (CPU:Intel Pentium lll-S 1.26GHzx2, memory: 2GB)
InfiniBand specification Host Channel Adapter
InfiniBand specification Switch
|Application:||NCBI-BLAST (R) (*6)
- (*1) Linux Cluster
Linux-based parallel-distributed processing system than can connect
IA servers in clusters ranging from several units to several thousand
- (*2) DAFS (Direct Access File System)
DAFS is an open protocol for accessing and controlling files in a
local area network (LAN) environments such as data centers. It
maximizes the performance of high speed network transfer devices,
such as InfiniBand, cLAN and Myrinet, that use Operating System-
independent "memory-to-memory" transfer network technology. In
comparison with the file sharing protocol of NFS and similar systems,
CPU utilization rates are significantly reduced and much higher data
transfer speeds are achieved. The DAFS Collaborative is making
progress towards formal standardization under the IETF. As a member
of the DAFS Collaborative, Fujitsu PST is actively participating in
efforts to promote standardization. Recently the "DAFS Implementers
Forum" of the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) has
succeeded the DAFS Collaborative.
- (*3) InfiniBand Technology and InfiniBand (SM) Trade Association
The InfiniBand (SM) Trade Association advocates InfiniBand technology
as the next-generation I/O specification for connecting multiple
computers, making 2.5Gb/s high-speed connections possible. The
InfiniBand (SM) Trade Association was established by Compaq, Dell,
Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems. Fujitsu
participates as a Member Company and Fujitsu Siemens computers as a
Sponsoring Member Company.
- (*4) PSTorage InfiniFS (tentative name)
A DAFS protocol based, high-speed file sharing system developed by
Fujitsu PST. Runs on IA-32 architecture (RedHat Linux 7.2) Linux
platforms comprising both server and client software. Sales will
start in the second quarter of Fiscal 2002.
- (*5) SCore
Cluster system software initially developed as part of the Real World
Computing Partnership (RWCP). SCore is now being marketed by the PC
Cluster Consortium. http://pdswww.rwcp.or.jp/home-j.html
- (*6) NCBI-BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool)
Developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
The BLAST algorithm enables searches for DNA protein matches in a
homology search program-based database.
- InfiniBand is InfiniBand (SM) Trade Association's trademark or Service Mark.
- Intel, Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
- Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
- All other company/product names mentioned may be trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective holders and are used for
identification purposes only.
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March 31, 2001.
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