The Sun FireTM V65x server is now available for a lower price. The
Sun FireTM V60x server will receive an Intel Xeon processor upgrade
to 3.06 GHz. Successful implementations of these entry-level, x86-based
servers include the University of Queensland and the University of
Namur in Belgium.
Sun Fire V65x servers and Sun Fire V60x server systems have beaten
competitive offerings from Dell, HP and IBM by 25 to 28 percent. The
Sun Fire servers can run standard Linux distributions, Red Hat
Enterprise Linux or the SolarisTM Operating System (Solaris OS).
Sun Fire V60x systems will run the molecular-scale computations on
the largest supercomputer facilities in Australia at the University of
Queensland. The low-cost server systems are linked with SunTM ONE
Grid Engine software and can deliver high compute power for memory
"The research we conduct requires the simultaneous input of an enormous
amount of computations," said Professor Sean Smith, head of the Centre
for Computational Molecular Science. "We were therefore looking to
develop a cluster facility that delivered superior throughput capacity
as well as raw speed on any one processor. The super computer facility
Sun will deliver consists of 256 processors linked together to harness
multiple compute power and deliver increased throughput of small to
moderate size computations."
For more on the computer facility at the University of Queensland, see
article  in this news magazine's archive.
The University of Namur has implemented 80 Sun Fire V60x systems to run
its High Performance Technical Computing (HPTC) applications to create
one of the most powerful and visible computing systems in Belgium,
Jean-Pol Vigneron, Director, Science Computing Facility at the
University said. "In combination with the software technology, Sun ONE
Grid Engine (software), these low-cost systems provide the reliability
and availability that are critical to the uptime of the applications
that we are running."
Namur is the capital of the Namur province and the political
capital of Wallonia, the French-speaking southern part of Belgium.
The Sun Fire V60x and V65x servers are meeting mid-market requirements
for low-cost, high performance solutions, according to Joe Serra, vice
president of software and systems product marketing of Tech Data. Tech
Data recently extended its offerings from Sun to include the servers.
"These price reductions and processor enhancements provide increased
customer value while demonstrating Sun's commitment to delivering
competitive price/performance x86 platform products," said Souheil
Saliba, vice president of marketing for Sun's Volume Systems Products
group. "Sun continues to provide Tech Data and other partners with
products that will open the door to new markets and an additional
revenue stream from standard Linux distributions or Solaris OS (x86
Platform Edition)-based solutions."
Details of the Tech Data and Sun agreement were covered in July, article
The industry trade publication, eWeek, reviewed the Sun Fire V65x
system in its July 21, 2003 issue, giving it an "Excellent" rating for
scalability. eWeek also gave Sun the edge in price versus Dell, HP and
IBM. To read the review in full, visit:
For the product home pages of the servers, see:
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