Powell Cluster Fastest Linux-Based System in the DoD HPCMP
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Linux Networx announced today that
the Army Research Laboratory, a Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance
Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) Major Shared Resource Center (MSRC),
has accepted the newest and most powerful HPCMP Linux cluster into their
production environment. The 256-processor system designed for ARL, dubbed
"Powell," is capable of performing 1.7 trillion operations per second
(teraflops). The Powell cluster, recently ranked 113th on the Top 500 list
(http://www.top500.org), exceeded rigorous effectiveness and capability testing
requirements prior to delivering critical computations and simulations to MSRC
The cluster is part of the Technology Insertion 2003 program, an
initiative to modernize the Department of Defense high performance computing
(HPC) capabilities. The HPCMP provides the supercomputer services, high-speed
network communications, and computational science expertise that enables the
U.S. Defense laboratories, such as ARL, to conduct a wide range of focused
research, development, and test activities. The Powell cluster is a part of
this partnership to put advanced technology in the hands of U.S. armed forces
more quickly, less expensively, and with greater certainty of success. The
Powell cluster will run production applications currently operating on HPC
systems scheduled for retirement.
"The Powell cluster has proven capable of delivering exceptional
performance on applications that are important to the DoD such as GAMESS and
CTH, while at the same time being easily integrated into a production HPC
environment," said Thomas Kendall, lead systems engineer at the ARL MSRC.
"The management tools provided with the system truly make the Powell cluster
greater than the sum of its parts."
Linux clustering is a method of linking multiple computers together to
form a unified and more powerful system. The Powell cluster uses 256 Intel(R)
Xeon(TM) 3.06 GHz processors and is managed with the Clusterworx(R) and ICE
Box(TM) tools from Linux Networx.
"This is the first Linux cluster at the ARL that is running production
jobs on a broad base of applications to many users within the DoD community,"
said Dean Hutchings, COO of Linux Networx. "The true test of a
supercomputer's value is the amount of work that is performed on the machine,
and we are pleased that another Linux Networx cluster is in full production,
and is providing important research results to the DoD."