Technology hardware vendor, Fujitsu, which won a bid to bring supercomputing to the Australian National University (ANU) in March, has announced that it has selected Brocade to supply the project with network switching capabilities.
The high-performance supercomputer (HPC), which will be housed in the ANU’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) datacentre, will contain Brocade’s FastIron SX Series switches as the core of the datacentre management network, with 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GBE) fiber connections to the Fujitsu supercomputer and supporting servers.
The configuration also features 1 GbE connections to more than 100 Brocade FastIron WS Series switches that provide network access to a wide range of system management monitoring devices.
“For the management network of the new NCI Supercomputer at ANU, we selected Brocade as we felt that its switching capability was proven in similar global HPC environments and its pricing configuration represented value that was well ahead of other offerings in the market,” Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand head of strategy, Phil McCormack, said.
NCI facilities combine a new datacentre, scheduled for completion in October, and the Fujitsu Supercomputer, due to be fully operational by January 2013.