In September last year we announced that Fujitsu had been selected to supply Australia’s most powerful computer to the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) located at the Australian National University (ANU). The computer – named ‘Raijin’, which translates to ‘Thunder God’ in Japanese, was officially launched today at the opening of the NCI high performance computing centre.
In the press release issued by Fujitsu Professor Lindsay Botten, Director of the NCI said “Advanced computational methods form an increasingly essential component of high-impact research, in many cases underpinning discoveries that cannot be achieved by other means, as well as the platform with which to sustain innovation at an internationally competitive level. NCI welcomes the opportunity to continue to build a substantive collaborative relationship with Fujitsu, the peak system vendor, with a focus particularly on the optimisation of Australia’s primary modelling suite.”
- Fujitsu PRIMERGY x86 High Performance Computing (HPC) technology is based on commodity hardware, which delivers improved price/performance; access to a greater range of ISV applications; and simplified the migration process from existing x86 applications.
- Processor cores: 57,472 (Intel Xeon Sandy Bridge, 2.6 GHz)
Main Memory: 160 TBytes
Disk Storage: 10 PBytes
Peak Performance: 1195 TFlops
Available Resource: 503M core hours per annum
- Raijin is capable of peak performance speeds of 1.2 PetaFlops – 1,200,000,000,000,000 floating point operations per second.
- The installation of Raijin was undertaken by Fujitsu’s combined supercomputing expertise from Australia and Japan with support from Fujitsu Australia engineering teams and project partners.
- The NCI is supported by a $50 million grant under the Australian Government’s Super Science Initiative. Its operation is sustained through co-investment by a number of partner organisations including the ANU, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), Geoscience Australia and other research-intensive universities supported by the Australian Research Council. Researcher access to NCI facilities and services is also supported by the ARC and a number of Australia’s research intensive universities.