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Sun's High Performance Computing Reference Architecture

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


Torben Kling-Petersen, Ph.D. Senior Technical Specialist, HPC, Lustre Group, Sun Microsystems Torben Kling-Petersen has worked with high performance computing in one form or another since 1994 and is currently working as a Senior Technical Specialist for HPC in Sun's Global Systems Practice. Over the years, he has worked in a number of capacities such as lead architect for enterprise datacenter infrastructure, technical research lead and product specialist for high-end visualization to mention a few. In his present capacity, Torben works in a global role providing technical evangelism and solution architectures on petaflop-scale HPC projects. Börje Lindh Senior Systems Engineer, Sun Microsystems Borje Lindh has an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering but has been working with Computers since 1987. He has been with Sun Microsystems since 1994, working in a number of different roles and has been involved with High Performance computing since 1997. He has written two Sun Blueprints on compute clusters and a some magazine articles mainly on processor architecture. Ola Tørudbakken Distinguished Engineer, Scalable Systems Group, Sun Microsystems Ola Tørudbakken has an M.Sc. degree from the University of Oslo, Department of Informatics in 1994, and has since then been working on High Performance Interconnects and Server Systems. He has been with Sun Microsystems since 2000, and his current responsibilities includes supervision and architectural definition of Fabric Products. He has published several papers in the field of interconnection networks and has participated in several standardization activities. He currently holds three US Patents, and has more than 30 US patents pending.
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
20 Jul 2009
12 Apr 2009
42 Page(s)
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