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T2K supers enter production

AMD announced yesterday that Japan’s T2K supers, one of which was built by Cray Japan, have entered operation

AMD logoAMD Japan (NYSE: AMD) today announced the official start of operation of the T2K supercomputer systems featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors and with specifications developed jointly by the University of Tsukuba, the University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University. These T2K systems were delivered to the University of Tsukuba by Cray Japan Inc. and Sumisho Computer Systems, to the University of Tokyo by Hitachi Ltd., and to Kyoto University by Fujitsu Ltd.

“In July 2006, these three universities began jointly developing common specifications for each university’s next-generation supercomputer with an eye toward using their supercomputers collaboratively,” said Shunsuke Yoshizawa, director, Regional Marketing, AMD Japan. “The universities aimed to adopt the most advanced and highest performance technology as early as possible, and have engaged in three pillars of openness that make up this new shared specifications experiment: the use of open source hardware architecture, open source system software, and their desire to make the supercomputers widely available amongst the three institutions. The performance, scalability and advance floating point processing capability of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor easily matched their requirements.”

The U Tokyo system has 952 nodes of Hitachi HA8000-tc/RS425 and peaks at 140TF. Tsukuba’s system was built by partners including Cray Japan and is “based on” (not sure what that means) Appro’s Xtreme-X2 at 95 TF. Kyoto University’s system is built out of Fujitsu HX600 servers and peaks at 61 TF.

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