"A machine of this size is very complex to integrate and manage. The partnership between Linux NetworX and LLNL is essential to the success of this endeavour", stated Dr. Mark Seager, LLNL's Assistent Department Head for TeraScale Systems. "This Linux NetworX system will significantly expand the computing resources available to Livermore's researchers. We are very excited about the unclassified scientific simulations that will be accomplished on this world-class Linux Cluster."
The Linux NetworX Evolocity cluster, when delivered to LLNL, will be the fastest Intel-based or Linux cluster machine ever built, as it will harness 1920 Intel Xeon processors at 2.4 GHz with a theoretical peak of 9.2 teraFlops, or 9.2 trillion calculations per second.
"This Intel-based Linux NetworX system is historic in that it represents a viable method of using standards-based technologies to create some of the fastest supercomputers in the world", stated Lisa Hambrick, director of enterprise processor marketing for Intel. "Linux NetworX and Intel are expanding the possibilities of supercomputing into a world where the fastest machines are powered by cost-effective and very powerful Intel Xeon processors."
Several factors enabled Linux NetworX to win this competitive procurement, some of which include:
- Clustering expertise, gained from years of installing and supporting some of the largest clusters in the world. Linux NetworX designed and delivered the world's first commercial Linux cluster in 1997.
- LinuxBIOS, an open BIOS alternative that can boot nodes in seconds, is remotely manageable and is designed specifically for cluster systems.
- ICE Box, a Linux NetworX appliance designed specifically for management of Linux clusters, providing system monitoring and control functionality such as power control and serial access.
- Sub 1U Evolocity II, a double-density node design with an innovative architecture.
- Co-development of SLURM or Simple Linux Utility for Resource Management with LLNL. SLURM is an open source resource management system developed for Linux clusters providing scalability, portability, interconnect independence, fault-tolerance and security.