Make it Intel: CSIRO needs new kit to replace supercomputer
Make it Linux, if you please
Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO (Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation), has issued a tender to replace its Silicon Graphics Altix 4700 systems with Linux x86-based kit.
The tender, which closes on 1 March, seeks a system with double the capacity of the Altix, compatibility with existing storage systems, and software compatibility with other CSIRO environments.
The agency says the new system should have a minimum of 128 processor cores, 1TB of addressable memory, and should also be compatible with the Australian National University’s NCI (National Computational Infrastructure) and the Bureau of Meteorology’s Intel-based Sun Constellation systems.
Serious connectivity is the other requirement: bidders should be able to ship a minimum of four 10 Gbps Ethernet interfaces (expandable to eight) and 16 FibreChannel ports (expandable to 32). ®
Does something this small
actually count as a supercomputer?
Why not use a bunch PS3s networked together like that PhD Physics student 1-2 years ago doing black hole research. Sony donated 8 PS3s and the student mentioned they were kick-butt faster than (100s? of) Intels at maths processing.
CSIRO only need to jailbreak the things to run Linux :)
Well technically, if we are nit picking. Via also make x86 processors and so do D&MP . It doesnt say it cant be a cluster of embedded x86 processors does it? Might be a bit tricky getting the network connectivity tho