[Bioclusters] Announcement: Sun Discovery Cluster for the Life Sciences

Stefan Unger Stefan.Unger at Sun.COM
Thu Mar 2 16:59:59 EST 2006

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Sun Microsystems^TM Announces the Discovery Cluster for the Life Sciences

Exceptional Price/Performance in a Pre-Assembled Rack

Sun Microsystems announces the “Discovery Cluster for the Life 
Sciences”. The Discovery Cluster is a pre-assembled, base-level 
configuration of a Sun Grid Rack System (SGRS) with components selected 
especially for the Life Science HPC market.

The Discovery Cluster is Sun's solution approach to the compute needs 
for the drug discovery process. It is based on the Sun Fire^TM X2100 
64-bit x64 server, powered by the AMD Opteron^TM dual core processor. 
The X2100 delivers up to one-and-a-half times the performance, and uses 
about one-third of the power of competing systems, yet costs a fraction 
of their price. Bioinformatics and molecular modeling benchmarks confirm 
the exceptional price/performance advantages of the Sun Fire X2100 over 
Intel Xeon based clusters. These highly reliable and energy efficient 
X2100 servers are also the fastest enterprise x64 servers in their class.

At under $94,000 (US list price) per fully populated, pre-assembled 
rack, the Discovery Cluster provides 1 TeraFlop of theoretical peak 
performances in three racks for under $282,000. In addition, the power, 
cooling and management requirements are substantially less than Intel 
Xeon based clusters.

The Discovery Cluster comes pre-assembled, with hardware, cabling, 
Solaris^TM 10 and Sun Grid Engine. Multiple operating systems (Solaris 
10 x64, Linux (Red Hat, Suse), and Windows) are supported. Many 
alternative configurations are available, and Sun's solution partners 
provide a range of software options.

For more information, listen to a NetTalk webinar on the Sun Discovery 
Cluster for Life Sciences, featuring the designer of the Sun Fire 
“Galaxy” series servers, Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun Chief Architect and 
Senior Vice President, Network Systems. For more information visit 
<http://www.sun.com/discoverycluster>, or email 
discoverycluster at sun.com. <http://www.sun.com/nettalk>

Media contacts:

Stefan Unger, PhD

stefan.unger at sun.com <mailto:stefan.unger at sun.com>

Business Development Manager

Life Sciences

Ulrich Meier, PhD

ulrich.meier at sun.com <mailto:ulrich.meier at sun.com>

Industry Marketing Manager

Life Sciences

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, Solaris are trademarks or 
registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and 
other countries. AMD and Opteron are trademarks or registered trademarks 
of Advanced Micro Devices.

Stefan Unger, PhD
Business Development Manager Life Sciences
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