Fujitsu has won the bid to power Wales's high-performance computing (HPC) ambitions with a £15m, four-year project to build a supercomputer grid using Primergy Xeon servers and InfiniBand. The HPC Wales system is a hub-and-spoke design, with two connected hubs at Cardiff and Swansea/Pembroke Dock, connected by Mellanox-supplied …
Probably not a single supercomputer.
That seems like an awful lot of hardware for the budget, and the dispersed nature means that it is far more likely to act as a group of smaller clusters that talk together than a single super-computer.
You will never be able to drive the WAN links at sufficient speed to spread anything other than encapsulated data type problems (like SETI@Home but larger) to the remote sites.
I would be interested in seeing how the power spreads around the six sites, because although the total amount of compute power may seem high, chances are that the power in any single part of the environment will be a fraction significantly under half of the total. That should put it much further down the top 500 that the 'low 30's' quoted in the article.
Also, by the time it is delivered, there will be new systems springing up in China, USA, Germany and even the UK!
Oh well. I have contracted for Fujitsu in South Wales before. Maybe I ought to dust off the old CV. Might be interesting to do some non-AIX work for a while, and I now have Infiniband experience.
I guess they need all this processing power so the Welsh spell checker programs can finally handle ... Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. :)
Although Fujitsu will probably build 100 supercomputer networks and keep swapping them out until they find one that doesn't die a grim death after just one months use.
The fact that...
3 out of the 4 short-listed suppliers withdrew from the bid process (which included IBM, HP and one other I forget) leaving Fujitsu the ONLY bidder should tell you all you need to know about the whole procurement process and the system that will be delivered.
Re: The fact that...
I know that "we" walked away from it, and we are not IBM or HP...
"We" walked away from it...
Bull? No, not BS, but 'Bull'?
Notice no HPC for SPANC64 VIIIfx
only Japan would buy that chip...which i hear is the size of a post-it
politics driven architecture
-Seen this in the whole EU grid; their distributed architecture is driven by a need to have each institution with its own racks of machines, even though the whole lot would fit into a single datacentre which could then have fast and free interconnectivity.
"It claims the system will bring in an additional £22.8m to the Welsh economy over the next 10 years, create "400 quality jobs" and help create at least 10 new businesses."
18th March 2011
"The Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) cancellation of its desktop support contract with Fujitsu ultimately reflects badly on both parties ...
If so, then one of two things must have happened - either that due diligence was not done suitably diligently, or Fujitsu, shall we say, was over-ambitious and economical with the truth."