The High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL) estimates its computing power and storage will quadruple with its recent selection of Sun technologies chosen to support its High Performance Computing (HPC) Center. The CAD$22 million purchase announced this month will assist the Canadian research organization in increasing result times for its complex scientific and economic projects.
The SolarisTM 10 Operating System (Solaris OS), Sun FireTM E25K SPARCR processor-based servers and Sun StorEdgeTM 6130 Storage arrays will serve as a foundation to the new HPCVL systems.
"With the acquisition of our new E25Ks, we will increase our already significant computing power by more than a factor of four, and running Solaris 10 and the StorEdge array ensures we capture the large volumes of data created by our researchers," said Dr. Ken Edgecombe, executive director of HPCVL. "As a publicly funded organization, our choice of Sun ensures we meet our current computing needs and the forward looking systems ensure the total cost of ownership delivers maximum value over the long term."
The HPCVL services multiple research groups that rely on HPC resources to conduct analysis in a broad spectrum of disciplines, including stem-cell research, economics, physics and psychology. Participating members of the HPCVL consists of Carleton University, Queen's University, The Royal Military College of Canada, the University of Ottawa and Ryerson University.
"HPCVL depends upon access to the best compute technology," Edgecombe explained, "and we're excited to be working with Sun to integrate current and future SPARC-based high-performance systems into our research centers."
Since 1999, HPCVL and Sun have been collaborating to enhance Canadian research, which has seen a trend toward the disintegration of smaller research clusters to a single, more powerful and efficient cluster that services multiple research groups.
"Sun has consistently kept us at the forefront of high performance computing," Edgecombe commented, "enabling our world-class researchers to advance their work in fields that impact our society at many levels."
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