December 16, 2005
Sun Microsystems, Inc. has awarded Princeton University a Sun Grid Education Grant for 100,000 CPUs hours on the Sun Grid Compute Utility. Sun Grid helps customers and partners derive immediate benefits from an open, grid-based computing infrastructure on a utility basis by giving them control over how they purchase and leverage IT. To date, Princeton, a leading research institution and undergraduate college, has used nearly 11,000 CPU hours on the Sun Grid Compute Utility.
Sun awarded Princeton the Sun Grid Education Grant to further expand Princeton's cutting-edge research to verify new numerical algorithms for astrophysical gas dynamics. Using Sun Grid, Princeton conducted its tests at resolutions that previously were not possible, without the long-term lifecycle costs related to purchasing and maintaining its own HPC system. This 100,000 hour grant will be available for Princeton to use as they need, without reservation or intervention from Sun, accessible via the Sun Grid. The grant will take effect January 1, 2006.
"I'm very impressed with Sun Grid's rapid turnaround time - there's no waiting in a queue for access to computing power," said Thomas A. Gardiner, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University. "Because we'll be able to access massive compute power whenever we need with Sun Grid, our astrophysics research is now less constrained by IT infrastructure issues. Sun's donation is a big boost in our efforts to unlock the mysteries of the universe."
"Innovation is what fueled this major breakthrough that led to the introduction of Sun Grid, and it's this same spirit of fostering innovation in the scientific community that is behind our grant to Princeton," said Stuart Wells, executive vice president, of utility computing, Sun Microsystems. "Princeton's Astrophysics Department is harnessing the compute power of Sun Grid to conduct its ground-breaking research at an unprecedented scale and pace. From education institutions to financial establishments to oil and gas companies, Sun Grid is drastically simplifying the way organizations select, acquire, and use next generation IT infrastructure."
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