San Jose, Calif.--Nov. 19, 1997--Sun Microsystems Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) announced at the SC97High Performance Networking and Computing conference that its HPC (high-performance computing) servers have been ranked the two most successful computing models on the Top 500 list of the most powerful supercomputer sites.
The 10th semi-annual survey reports that 87 systems installed in the world's top supercomputing sites are manufactured by Sun Microsystems, demonstrating Sun's continued commitment to provide scalable, cost-effective, supercomputing-class solutions for HPC applications.
Appearing on the list for the first time in June 1997, Sun now surpasses IBM and Hewlett-Packard in rank with its HPC servers, whichwere introduced only last March.
The Top 500 list of the world's most powerful computer systems has been compiled twice a year since June 1993 with the help of HPC experts, computational scientists, manufacturers, and the Internet community in general, who responded to a questionnaire. Computers are ranked by their results for the Linpack Benchmark, a widely used metric emphasizing floating point performance.
Sun recently demonstrated 100.4 gigaflop/s for the Linpack HighlyParallel Computing version of the benchmark with a 256 CPU, four-nodecluster, proving the ability of the Sun HPC servers to provide leading price/performance and scalability while achieving exceptionalefficiency.
Sun's HPC server family is a line of seven high-performance SMP systems, all of which run the robust Solaris operating environment, providing binary compatibility across the company's product line.
The Sun HPC servers, ranging in size from a two-processor Sun HPC2 system to the 64-processor Sun HPC 10000 system, lead the industry in reliability and scalability.
The Sun HPC servers are complemented by Sun's HPC 2.0 software, designed specifically for compute-intensive, technical computing environments. Sun's HPC 2.0 software enables both the development and execution of serial and parallelized high-performance applications.
It provides middleware to facilitate and manage the workload of highly resource-intensive applications on Sun's HPC servers, as well as clusters of these servers. Additionally, it provides the softwaredevelopment environment for creating and debugging applications that are parallelized for Sun's HPC servers and clusters.
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