Appro Wins Huge Deal With Three National Laboratories for 438 TeraFlop High Performance Computing Clusters Based on Quad-Core AM

MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Appro ( http://www.appro.com ), a leading provider of high-performance enterprise computing systems, today announced the historic award of Appro Xtreme-X(TM) high performance computing clusters for...


This huge deal with the Laboratories represents a third contract that Appro was awarded over the last two years. In aggregate with these cluster deliveries, Appro will provide to the National Labs over 13 Linux clusters of 543 TeraFLOP/s of capacity computing power with a total of 72,452 processor cores and over 143.9 TB of memory. These new Appro high performance computing clusters will be deployed based on the innovative Scalable Units design and will be configured and installed with the same architecture as Appro deployed in the previous awarded contracts. Appro plans to incorporate this Scalable Supercomputing Cluster Architecture and launch the Appro Xtreme-X(TM) Supercomputer series at the Supercomputing show scheduled for Nov 12 - 15th in Reno, NV 2007.

"The ability to provide a scalable unit in multiple scalable clusters to all three national Lab sites with a 30-50% lower TCO is of great value to NNSA's effort to apply high performance computing to time-urgent national security challenges," said Mark Seager , Advanced Computing Technology lead for LLNL. "In the past, high-end Linux clusters were more expensive and difficult to integrate and deploy. By defining this Scalable Unit "building block" approach to structure these multiple cluster deployments using COTS parts, the tri-Labs are able to significantly reduce TCO, simplify the integration and deployment of multiple Linux clusters at all three Laboratories and put highly needed capacity clusters into production on an accelerated timeline."

"These three National Laboratories have a long, rich history of fielding the world's most powerful supercomputers to tackle some of the world's most difficult problems," said Daniel Kim , CEO of Appro. "By combining common hardware and software technologies at all three laboratories using Appro's supercomputing clusters, we are pleased to meet the demands of petascale computing and beyond while providing the reliability required by the NNSA/ASC Program Office with price/performance leadership."

"Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors offer outstanding scalability, especially in four socket systems. It also delivers the memory bandwidth performance that is critical to HPC applications, based on the benefits of Direct Connect Architecture -- an integrated memory controller combined with HyperTransport(TM) technology," said David Rich , director of High Performance Computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD). "The new features in our enhanced micro-architecture, such as a dedicated floating point unit per core, in concert with the flexibility and scalability of Appro's system design, can help these national labs reach world-class results in computational output."

"We are very pleased to work with Appro again to deliver a world-class supercomputer to the tri-Labs that will advance their mission-critical national security computing efforts," said Ronnie Kenneth , Chairman and CEO, Voltaire. "Voltaire's 20 Gb/second InfiniBand solutions increase the bandwidth and messaging rate of the system even at the petascale level so the Laboratories' applications can run faster and more efficiently with the reliability they require."

"Mellanox's 20Gb/s ConnectX IB InfiniBand adapters ideally match the Tri-Lab's requirements for high-performance clustering I/O with industry-leading throughput and low-latency, scalability, and efficiency. We're also pleased that our performance-leading ConnectX EN 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters have been selected to provide additional storage I/O connectivity for the cluster," said Eyal Waldman, chairman, president, and CEO of Mellanox Technologies (Nasdaq: MLNX; TASE: MLNX). "This win highlights Mellanox's continual growth as the leading interconnect for large-scale cluster deployments."

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Appro is a leading developer of innovative, high-performance servers, cluster-solutions, storage subsystems, and workstations for the high-performance and enterprise-computing markets. Appro accelerates technical applications and business results through balanced architecture, open standards and engineering expertise. Appro headquarters is in Milpitas, CA, with an R&D/manufacturing center in Asia and a sales and service office in Houston , TX. To learn more go to http://www.appro.com

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