BILLERICA, Mass. and HERZLIYA, Israel -- Voltaire Ltd. (NASDAQ: VOLT), a leading provider of grid backbone solutions for data centers, today announced that the North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN, wwwhlrn.de) has implemented a Voltaire unified fabric for InfiniBand, Ethernet and storage consisting of switches, gateways and software as part of an SGI Altix® supercomputer. Known as HLRN-II, the new system is 13 times more powerful than HLRN's previous supercomputing resource.
The supercomputer system, which ranks at numbers 71 and 72 on the June 2008 TOP500 list, will significantly strengthen the competitive position of North German advanced research in diverse fields including environmental and climatic research, geological, coastal and oceanic research, the biological sciences, shipbuilding, quantum chemistry, and the engineering sciences.
The supercomputer system is shared between two German HPC sites located 155 miles apart the Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik in Berlin (ZIB) and the Regionales Rechenzentrum für Niedersachsen in Hannover (RRZN). The two system complexes in Hannover and Berlin are closely integrated and interconnected to create a unified overall system (one-system characteristic).
"The HLRN-II represents a tremendous advance for advanced research in northern Germany," said Professor Alexander Reinefeld at the North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN). "The InfiniBand fabric from Voltaire plays an important role in this supercomputer because it gives us leading-edge inter-processor and I/O performance and enables the system to scale."