Penguin goes continental, announces 100 TFLOPS install

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Penguin Computing announced today that they are mounting an effort to grow the company’s business beyond North America witha  push into Europe. Their announcement ties in with a first-time appearance as an exhibitor during ISC in Germany next week.

Penguin Computing logoThrough strategic partnerships with global companies such as Life Technologies, a growing number of European organizations in the academic, research and engineering communities including febit gmbh, Fraunhofer Institute, Sanger Institute, and the Max Planck Institute, are now using Penguin solutions to meet their high performance computing needs. In addition, Penguin is working with regional resellers and service providers like Klassic Computers in the UK and IPS in Germany, among others, to provide expert local service and support for its customers throughout Europe.

…“Penguin Computing has leveraged its expertise in Linux clusters to build a range of extremely powerful, turnkey HPC solutions that also offer a great value to customers,” said Becker. “The company has recently experienced tremendous growth and momentum, with over 35 percent growth in 2009 and 300 percent in Q1 2010 alone, and we are now ready to aggressively bring our cost-effective HPC solutions to the European market.”

Penguin also announced today that they’ve built a really big supercomputer for GA Tech

Georgia Tech LogoPenguin Computing, experts in high performance computing (HPC) solutions, today announced that it has built one of the world’s largest supercomputers for the Center for the Study of Systems Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), one of the leading research universities in the U.S. Ranking within the top 100 supercomputers in the world, Georgia Tech’s massive MYRIAD cluster comprises over 10,000 CPU cores with a 100 TFLOP (teraflop) theoretical maximum performance. Georgia Tech’s Systems Biology group headed by Dr. Jeffrey Skolnick is using MYRIAD for large-scale computer simulations of proteins and cell models, with the aim of accelerating the process of drug discovery, as well as the diagnosing and treating disorders such as cancer.

Those cores are configured on 410 Istanbul compute blades in a system with 320 TB of storage. Penguin says the system consumes 300 kW, which is pretty low for 100 TFLOPS, but I suspect doesn’t include all of the system-related power costs like cooling. This is the biggest system Penguin has built to date; you can check out a video of the system and some of its architects in the YouTube vid at their PR site.

“We are extremely proud of the MYRIAD system at Georgia Tech, not just because of its technical superiority, but the timeframe in which we were able to deliver it,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO at Penguin Computing. “The Center for the Study of Systems Biology at Georgia Tech is a true leader in their field, and we are honored that we could play a significant role in supporting their efforts to advance research for cancer and other major diseases.”

Congrats to GA Tech on their new baby.


  1. Istanbul? Really? What a disservice if they actually sold them Istanbul. Why not the new Magny Cours? Performance and cost are way better for the new 6100 series. Sure, the Magny cours is based on Istanbul, but the memory architecture sure isn’t. CPU pricing is ridiculously less expensive in the new procs. I sure hope Istanbul being mentioned is a mistake and that Magny Cours was meant. At least that would make sense. Selling Istanbul anything now is silly.

  2. actually, it was installed last year in 2009 when MC wasn’t available, and really still isn’t in a 4 socket version.