Japan’s Institute for Solid State Physics Improves Performance by 20 Times: New 1,280-Processor SGI System to Advance Research

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SGI Japan Ltd. (President: Norio Izumi, HQ: Ebisu, Shibuya-ku) announced that it will deliver its latest high-end Linux(R) server, SGI(R) Altix(R) 3700 Bx2, to the Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP, Director: Kazuo Ueda, Location: Kashiwa-city, Chiba-prefecture) in Japan as the new supercomputing system for the institute.
The 1,280-processor system, running the latest Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processors, will be the third largest high-performance supercomputer based on the Linux operating system (OS) and delivered by SGI following the announcements of the systems installed at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in United States and at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute.
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Fujitsu’s behemoth Itanium server imminent

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Fujitsu is expected to announce a major new server design in coming weeks, a refrigerator-size machine that uses up to 64 Itanium 2 processors and promises high-end features incorporating the company’s mainframe expertise.
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New Stars In New York

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Hayden Planetarium uses two different systems to represent space. The first is the Zeiss Mark 1X Universarium, which uses fiberoptics to cast perfect images of stars and planets.
The second system is the Digital Universe that is used to create 3D models. This computer system consists of a Silicon Graphics Onyx 2 Infinite Reality Monster made up of seven graphics pipes and 30 processors running at the same time. All this is fed to the digital-dome simulator, an integrated system created by SEOS Trimension that includes seven projectors and displays more than 7.2 million pixels.
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New APAC supercomputer aims for top 30

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The Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) has announced details of its next generation supercomputer, which according to executive director John O’Callaghan, has a chance to be one of the top 30 in the world.
Christened AC, or Altix Cluster, the system to be provided by SGI will consist of 1680 Intel Itanium2 processors, 3.6TB of memory, and 120TB of storage.
Brocade fibre channel switches will carry data and SuSE Linux will be the operating system used.
Installation will start next month and should be complete by June.
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SGI Helps Battle Lab at Fort Huachuca Investigate Ways to Turn Raw Data Into Actionable Intelligence

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In an effort to put more complete and actionable battlefield knowledge in the hands of field commanders, the Battle Command Battle Lab at Fort Huachuca, AZ, is evaluating ways to fuse intelligence data from multiple sources into a cohesive combat picture with help from an array of technologies, including new server and visualization systems from Silicon Graphics.
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