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04 Aug 2008
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Sun Datacenter Switch 3x24 [20270]
Connect from two to 288 blade servers in cohesive clusters

The Sun Datacenter Switch 3x24 (Sun DS 3x24) is designed for smaller and mid-size commercial HPC deployments. This ultra-dense single rack unit Infiniband switching platform binds Sun's blade servers and storage systems into a highly scalable, space-efficient, flexible, high-performance supercomputer. Using the Sun 12x-12x cable it connects directly to the Infiniband Switched Network Express Module complimenting the Sun Blade systems.
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04 Aug 2008
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Sun Datacenter Switch 3456 and 3x24 Architecture [20321]
White Paper Identifies Economies in Interconnect Technology

Among the issues facing designers of supercomputers, choosing the most appropriate interconnect technology -- one that can connect thousands of processors without also introducing severe latency problems -- looms large. Sun's innovative Datacenter Switches, the Sun Datacenter Switch 3456 and the Sun Datacenter Switch 3X24, offer lower acquisition costs, lower latency, very high compute density, greatly reduced cabling and management complexity, reduced real estate needs, and more teraflops per dollar with lower power consumption than with other solutions. The Sun white paper "Sun Datacenter Switch 3456 and 3X24 Architecture" enumerates the virtues of these two solutions.
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07 Jul 2008
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8Gb/Second High Performance Fibre Channel Switches from Brocade [19996]
Brocade 300, 5100, 5300 FC Switches

Sun announced the availability of 8Gb/sec Fibre Channel Switches from Brocade including the Entry-level Brocade 300, Mid-Enterprise Brocade 5100 and the Enterprise Brocade 5300 switches.

These switches double the throughput over Brocade's current 200E, 5000, and 4900 4Gb/sec switches.

The 32-port and 48-port 8Gb/sec blades are now qualified and available for the Brocade 48000 Director.

The new family of Brocade 8Gb/sec SAN switches include:

  • Brocade 300 Entry-Level Switch, scaling from 8 up to 24 ports
  • Brocade 5100 Mid-Enterprise Switch, scaling from 24 up to 40 ports
  • Brocade 5300 Enterprise Switch, scaling from 48 up to 80 ports

Brocade Products from Sun
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30 Jun 2008
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Modular Approach Is Key to Datacenter Design for Sun [19731]
Savings in Power Consumption, Cooling, Real Estate

If reducing 152 datacenters to 14 and 202,000 square feet of real estate to 76,000 isn't sufficiently impressive, then consider that the design of Sun's datacenter in Santa Clara, Calif. saved US$9 million in future construction costs and delivered an 88% reduction in overall real estate costs. Rafael Ruffolo of IT World Canada reports that Sun will also realize savings of at least US$1.1 million in power costs annually while reducing power load by 60%.
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30 Jun 2008
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Sun Datacenter Switch 3x24 [20072]
Ultra Dense Design Complements Sun Blade 6048 Modular System

Sun announces the Sun Datacenter Switch 3x24 (Sun DS 3x24), an ultra-dense single rack unit InfiniBand switching platform designed to complement the Sun Blade 6048 Modular System by providing connectivity directly to the InfiniBand Switched Network Express Module with a Sun 12x-12x cable. Up to 4 Sun DS 3x24 switches can be used together supporting up to 288 blades. The Sun Blade 6048 Modular System has been designed to accommodate up to 2 Sun DS 3x24 switches with top-of-rack mounting brackets X4730A.
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30 Jun 2008
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Sun's Advanced Datacenter (Santa Clara, CA) [20168]
Hot Isle Containment and Pods Provide Efficience and Flexibility

To run Sun’s award-winning data centers, a modular design containing many "pods" was implemented to save power and time. The modular design aids the building of any sized datacenter. Inside of each pod, there are 24 racks. Each of these 24 racks has a common cooling system as does every other modular building block. The number of pods is limited by the size of the datacenters. Large and small datacenters can benefit from using the pod approach.

A virtual tour of the datacenter is available.
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