Cisco Nexus on the way to the supercomputer big league?

Cisco has made its first step into the supercomputer big league. Lawrence Livermore National Labs is

using Cisco Nexus as "a foundation" for its Hyperion Linux cluster. Hyperion is used for "national security, scientific computing and discovery, and to enhance U.S. competitiveness in high performance computing," according to this Cisco news release. Nexus 7000 and 5000 will provide the unified fabric for the project, reports Cisco.

According to Cisco:

The Hyperion project takes advantage of industry leading technologies to create the largest testbed of its kind in the world for high performance Linux cluster computing technologies and make petaFLOP/s (quadrillion floating operations per second) computing and storage more accessible for commerce, industry, and research and development. The first phase of the project is deployed, with full completion planned for March 2009. When finished, the Hyperion cluster will have at least 1,152 nodes with 9,216 cores; with about 100 teraFLOP/s peak; over 9 TB of memory; InfiniBandTM 4x DDR interconnect and access to over 47 GB/s of RAID disk bandwidth.

The Lawrence Livermore Labs has four systems featured in the recently released Top 500 supercomputer list, but Hyperion is not one of them. It would be a huge boost to Cisco's data center credentials if its technology is one day featured on a top 500 supercomputer - or has that already happened?

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