AMD Athlon(tm) Processors Power University of Delaware Supercomputer
Racksaver's "Samson" uses 128 AMD Athlon(tm) processors
SUNNYVALE, CA-January 22, 2001-AMD today announced that the University of
Delaware's Bartol Research Institute (BRI) has installed a supercomputer
powered by AMD Athlon(tm) processors. Racksaver's "Samson" supercomputer, a
Beowulf Cluster design that uses 128 AMD Athlon processors, was purchased
through a $500,000 Major Research Infrastructure (MRI) grant from the
National Science Foundation (NSF).
"We are excited that the 'Samson' supercomputer is showcasing the AMD Athlon
processor," said Pat Moorhead, Vice President of Marketing of AMD's
Computation Products Group. "This demonstrates another step in AMD's
continuing plan to expand into the high-performance server and workstation
markets. At the same time, both the academic and private sectors are
evaluating AMD Athlon processor-based supercomputers for use in the highest
areas of the scientific workplace."
"The new parallel cluster supercomputer will solidify the University of
Delaware's position as a leader in new technology, providing important
computing power for UD researchers and students in physics, engineering and
computer sciences," said Melvyn D. Schiavelli, Provost, University of
Delaware. "It will provide an unparalleled learning experience for all
concerned, and fits well with the University's commitment to teaching,
research and technology.
"The University recognizes the value of such cluster supercomputers,
which provide exceptional computational power and speed, and is proud to
stand at the leading edge of this emerging technology. The University is
grateful for the support of the National Science Foundation, RackSaver,
Dolphin Interconnect, and AMD in this endeavor," Schiavelli added.
"The design of the 'Samson' supercomputer using AMD Athlon
processors reflects the economic changes in supercomputing," said David
Driggers, President and CEO of Racksaver (www.racksaver.com). "Racksaver
specializes in using existing, advanced technology to design flexible, yet
powerful systems that can fit into specific space limitations. The 'Samson'
supercomputer with AMD Athlon processors fulfills both the space and
performance needs of the University of Delaware."
To match the speed of the AMD Athlon processor power, the system
also employs 1GB bandwidth between nodes using Dolphin Interconnect's SCI
(Scaleable Coherent Interface) Wulfkit, offering an efficient combination of
fast network hardware and corresponding software.
"The combination of AMD's 1GHz AMD Athlon processors and our high
performance Wulfkit Interconnect offers our users the scalability and
performance they require for this generation of supercomputers," says Pat
Darden, CEO at Dolphin Interconnect. The award-winning AMD Athlon processor
is already employed in several supercomputers used for scientific research
in both the academic and private sectors, including systems used in
universities such as the University of Kentucky and the University of Utah,
and in companies such as GeoCenter and MSC.Software.
Racksaver's 'Samson' supercomputer using AMD Athlon processors is
expected to rank within the top 200 of the fastest supercomputers in the
world based on the Top500 supercomputer list
(http://www.top500.org/index.html), but should move to a higher ranking upon
the addition of updated Linux compilers. UD officials are expected to
conduct industry standard benchmarks over the next several months, including
single processor benchmarks such as SpecINT and SpecFP, and the Stream
memory bandwidth test.
About the AMD Athlon Processor
The AMD Athlon processor is an x86-compatible, seventh-generation
featuring a superpipelined, nine-issue superscalar microarchitecture
optimized for high
clock frequency; the industry's first fully pipelined, superscalar floating
point unit for x86 platforms; high-performance cache architecture, now
featuring 256KB of on-chip level (L2) cache and 128KB of on-chip level (L1)
cache; enhanced 3DNow!(tm) technology with 24 additional instructions
designed to improve integer math calculations, data movement for Internet
streaming, and DSP communications; and a 200MHz system interface based on
the Alpha(tm) EV6 bus protocol with support for scalable multiprocessing.
AMD Athlon processors are manufactured using AMD's aluminum 0.18-micron
process technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas and AMD's 0.18 micron copper
technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and
networked computer and communications markets. AMD produces
microprocessors, flash memories, and integrated circuits for communications
and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale,
California, AMD had revenues of $4.6 billion in 2000 (NYSE: AMD).
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