Supercomputer likes it hot

Fujitsu is a leading innovator in the field of supercomputers. As one of the world’s fastest supercomputers (10.51 petaflops), the K computer at the Japanese RIKEN research institute for advanced computational science never fails to attract attention. However, Fujitsu is also working on High Performance Computing (HPC) projects around the world. One recent addition is a new HPC system for the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Although this system has a little bit lower performance it is still really fast.

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Solution and Services

The new HPC system for the King Abdulaziz University consists primarily of a cluster of Fujitsu PRIMERGY CX250 S2 x86 servers and a storage system comprising models from the Fujitsu ETERNUS series. Fujitsu staff will be responsible for the management and operation of the system as part of a package of end-to-end services. The university, which is named after the first king of Saudi Arabia, will use the supercomputer for a range of scientific research projects.

The King Abdulaziz University is the country’s largest university, with more than 160,000 students and 40,000 members of staff (in comparison, the University of Amsterdam, the largest university in the Netherlands, has 30,000 students and the University of Hamburg has 40,000). The university is well-known as a knowledge center for technology. The supercomputer will mainly be used for research into fields that attract considerable interest in the region. The dry desert region needs further research into agriculture, climate changes and meteorological forecasts. The university also wants to further boost its prominent position in the area of nanotechnology.

Confidence in the Outcome

The contract is a prestigious one for Fujitsu. One of several candidates for the contract, Fujitsu was able to put forward the most suitable solution to satisfy the various HPC requirements. Fujitsu’s consultancy services and its collaboration with government organizations were also a key factor in the decision. The university says it is fully confident that these services will enable it to use the HPC solution to conduct complex research that produces the desired results.

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