Manchester University in the UK has selected Manchester University in the UK has selected ClusterVision, specialist in
Linux supercomputer clusters, to install a 70 processor supercomputer cluster
using the new 64-bit AMD Opteron(TM) processor. This will be the first public,
production-ready AMD Opteron processor based cluster for chemistry
applications in Europe.
The cluster will be used by scientists of the department of Chemistry who use
supercomputers to simulate chemical reactions and complex molecular systems.
The research group at Manchester University specialises in biomodelling
techniques which use a combination of quantum chemistry and molecular
modelling. These techniques are particularly useful in the pharmaceutical drug
discovery process. Typical computational chemistry codes used by the
Manchester University scientists include Gaussian and Amber. These codes
performed very well on preliminary benchmarks performed on AMD Opteron
The AMD Opteron processor is AMD's latest processor. Based on the AMD64
architecture, it is designed to run both 32- and 64-bit applications
simultaneously. The AMD Opteron processor has an integrated DDR memory
controller which dramatically reduces memory latency and allows 256 Terabytes
of memory to be addressed at once. The built-in HyperTransport(TM) technology
allows up to 8 AMD Opteron processors to be connected at a bandwidth of 19.2
The cluster will be built by ClusterVision using 1U rack-mount servers from
RioWorks with a mixture of AMD Opteron processor 240 and 244 models. The
cluster will be running the Linux-based ClusterVisionOS cluster operating
system and software environment which includes all software required to
effectively use and manage the cluster.
Professor Ian Hillier, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at Manchester
University, said: "We were impressed with the preliminary benchmark results of
popular chemistry codes on the Opteron processor. We look forward to working
with AMD and ClusterVision to gain maximum benefit from this new computing
"This win validates the importance of 64-bit computing for scientific
research, and confirms AMD's credibility in the high performance computing
segment in Europe." said Gianluca Degliesposti, Director Business Development
EMEA. "The architectural advantages of the AMD Opteron processor, combined
with the high-performance cluster technology knowledge of ClusterVision will
allow us to offer the perfect solution designed to meet the University's
research group needs."
About Linux Supercomputer Clusters
ClusterVision's clustering technology provides an alternative to traditional
supercomputing by connecting multiple computers to form a unified and powerful
computing system. This type of computer cluster is also called "Beowulf
Cluster". The clusters are built from high-quality commodity computer
components, Linux and other proven open source software technology. Clusters
can therefore match the performance and stability of traditional
supercomputers for a fraction of the cost.
ClusterVision are specialists in the design, implementation and support of
large-scale compute, storage and database clusters. The technical team at
ClusterVision have designed, implemented and supported some of the largest and
most complex compute and storage clusters in the UK and the Netherlands.
Customers include Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Natural History Museum,
Imperial College and Bristol University in the UK, and Delft Hydraulics, TNO
and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. ClusterVision has offices in
Amsterdam and London.
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