Sun's High Performance Computing Reference Architecture
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As HPC technology has become more mainstream, IT managers and other professionals need to understand the components and strategies for building effective HPC infrastructure. This Sun BluePrints article is designed to provide IT managers with a grounding in the basic products and technologies that comprise Suns' HPC Reference Architecture. Key components are highlighted along with typical uses, issues, and architectures of HPC systems.
  • "Sun's HPC Reference Architecture" on page 3 gives brief background on HPC, clustering, and introduces Sun's HPC Reference Architecture
  • "Compute Systems" on page 11 provides an overview of compute node for clusters and highlights the diverse range of compute nodes available from Sun.
  • "Interconnects and High-Performance Networks" on page 15 provides background on Ethernet networks and InfiniBand interconnects, and introduces Sun Datacenter Switches for DDR and QDR InfiniBand fabrics
  • "File Systems and Archive Solutions for HPC" on page 20 outlines the methods for feeding data to the cluster as well serving home directories and providing solutions for archiving data
  • "Visualization" on page 28 describes the role of visualization in HPC and describes the Sun Visualization System
  • "HPC Software, Resource Management, and System Management" on page 32 describes Sun HPC Software along with resource and system management software
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