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Fujitsu chooses Mellanox for Australia

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Mellanox Technologies, which supplies interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has announced that its FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand has been selected by Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand as the interconnect for the new Petascale supercomputer for the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) - Australia’s high-end research computing service, located at the Australian National University (ANU).

Funded by the Australian Government and a consortium of ANU and a number of national government agencies, the NCI supercomputer will support Australia’s scientists in advanced research in application areas including climate change, meteorology, geospatial applications, and astronomy. When it is installed in October 2012, the ANU supercomputer, based on Fujitsu Primergy X-86 technology, will be the largest such system in the southern hemisphere.

‘Providing Australia’s scientists with more computing power to conduct research will lead to more scientific breakthroughs for the nation and the rest of the world,’ said Phil McCormack, head of strategy at Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand. ‘We look forward to continuing our work with NCI, ANU and Mellanox to build one of the most efficient and powerful supercomputers in the world.’

NCI’s new supercomputer will integrate Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand SX6000 series switches and ConnectX-3 adapter cards for high performance, scalability and power efficiency.