Fujitsu taps Brocade for supercomputer network switching

The supercomputer at Australian National University is expected to be operational in January.

Brocade will provide network switching for a supercomputer at the Australian National University’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) data centre, under a partnership announced with Fujitsu.

Fujitsu said it will use Brocade FastIron SX Series switches with 10Gb Ethernet fiber connections to the supercomputer and supporting servers. Fujitsu will also use 1GbE connections to 100 Brocade FastIron WS Series switches for system management and monitoring devices.

The NCI data centre is expected to be completed in October 2012, while the Fujitsu supercomputer is expected to be operational in January 2013.

The Canberra-based supercomputer is expected to be the largest x86 high-performance supercomputer (HPC) installation in the southern hemisphere. It could theoretically run up to 1.2 PetaFlops per second. The supercomputer is expected to be used for research in areas including climate and weather, physics, astronomy, geosciences, chemistry and advanced services.

Fujitsu chose Brocade as it "felt that its switching capability was proven in similar global HPC environments and its pricing configuration represented value that was well ahead of other offerings in the market,” said Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand head of strategy, Phil McCormack.

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