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November 12, 2011

Fujitsu has a commercially available supercomputer that scales to 23.2 petaflops

Fujitsu has announced worldwide availability for its new PRIMEHPC FX10 supercomputer, which can be scaled up to a 1,024 rack configuration for 23.2 petaflops of theoretical processing power
UPDATE - TechCrunch - The PRIMEHPC FX10 will go on sale in January next year, with prices starting at US$640,000 for a one-rack model. Fujitsu hopes to sell a total of 50 supercomputers in three years. Based on the one rack price - 1024 racks could be about $300 million assuming that there was volume discounts over the price of the one rack model. However, the price might be a bit higher to fully load the 1024 racks and to add all of the networking and other gear.





Ultra-high Speed and Ultra-large Scale Supercomputer Problems previously constrained or impossible to solve due to performance limits are now able to be handled. This is due to the PRIMEHPC FX10's maximum peak performance of 23.2 Petaflops and memory that scales up to 6 PB with a 98,304 node configuration.

Green Credentials as well as High Performance Mean Power Savings

In today's quest for a greener world the compromise between high performance and environmental footprint is a major issue. At the heart of PRIMEHPC FX10 are SPARC64TM IXfx processors that deliver ultra high performance of 236.5 Gigaflops and superb power efficiency of over 2 Gigaflops per watt.

Application Performance and Simple Development

SPARC64TM IXfx processor includes extensions for HPC applications known as HPC-ACE. This plus wide memory bandwidth, high performance Tofu interconnect, advanced compilers and libraries, enable applications to achieve the best performance ever. In addition, the time and effort to adapt to massively parallel processing is reduced through the use of VISIMPACT, which simplifies the implementation of hybrid parallel applications combining MPI and thread parallelism
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