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May 13 -- The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego has selected the first round of vendors for its new Triton Resource, an integrated, data-intensive computing system primarily designed to support UC San Diego and UC researchers. Triton is scheduled to enter production early this summer.
Plans for the new shared resource cluster, data analysis facility, and large-scale storage system were first announced last fall as SDSC formally opened a new building and datacenter that doubled the size of the existing supercomputer center to 160,000 square feet. Triton was designed collaboratively with University researchers and computing specialists at SDSC.
"The Triton Resource has first and foremost been designed to integrate with the analysis workflows of UC researchers," said Philip Papadopoulos, director of UC Systems at SDSC, and head of the definition and acquisition team for the new system. "The design and evaluation team paid special attention to the movement of data within Triton and ensuring scalable network connectivity to other resources. These companies were selected for their leading edge, energy-efficient systems that met very specific criteria and a unique set of requirements."
The first phase of the Triton Resource was procured through a highly competitive "request for proposal" process, in which vendors bid for one or more of the system's three major components: a shared resource cluster, large memory cluster, and a high-performance networking fabric. A scalable, parallel file system will be procured through a similar process later this year. The entire system is integrated using the Rocks Cluster Toolkit, developed by researchers at UC San Diego and supported under National Science Foundation grant #OCI-0721623.
The Triton Resource is named after the mythical sea god and his three-pronged trident whose image was adopted by UC San Diego. The new system consists of three main areas/functions, with the following vendors selected:
These major resource components are interconnected with a:
Connectivity for the Triton Resource to UC San Diego campus laboratories will be achieved through both production and research (NSF-funded OptIPuter and Quartzite) multi-10 Gigabit networks to allow for unprecedented integration into research laboratories. Connectivity for UC researchers elsewhere will be achieved using a 10 Gigabit Ethernet campus connection to the statewide education network designed and managed by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).
Additional hardware and software vendors recognized for their technologies and contributions to the Triton Resource include Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., of San Jose, Calif., for supplying fibre channel host bus adapters (HBAs) for the initial parallel file system; SMC Networks of Irvine, Calif., for stackable gigabit Ethernet switches for Triton's management/installation network; The Portland Group, Inc., of Lake Oswego, Ore., for compilers to provide optimized code for both AMD and Intel processors; and Cluster Resources, Inc., of Provo, Utah, for Triton's Moab intelligent policy-based governance and Gold accounting package.
Full details and specifications of SDSC's Triton Resource will be announced starting in summer 2009.
As an organized research unit of UC San Diego, SDSC is a national leader in creating and providing cyberinfrastructure for data-intensive research. Cyberinfrastructure refers to an accessible and integrated network of computer-based resources and expertise, focused on accelerating scientific inquiry and discovery. SDSC recently doubled its size to 160,000 square feet with a new, energy-efficient building and datacenter extension, and is a founding member of TeraGrid, the nation's largest open-access scientific discovery infrastructure.
About UC San Diego
UC San Diego, one of the ten campuses in the world-renowned University of California system, has rapidly achieved the status as one of the top institutions in the nation for higher education and research. UC San Diego's graduate and professional schools include Scripps Institution of Oceanography; School of Medicine; School of International Relations and Pacific Studies; Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Jacobs School of Engineering; and Rady School of Management. The campus is also home to the UC San Diego Medical Center; San Diego Supercomputer Center; California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2); Center for Research in Computing and the Arts; Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3); Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies; Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation; and Institute of the Americas.
Source: Jan Zverina, UC San Diego
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