After successful completion of the first testing phase in mid-May, approximately 30 “Pioneer” users were given time on the system for the second phase of Effectiveness Level Testing.
This phase helped to integrate the Falcon fully into the High-Performance Computing environment and address compatibility and configuration issues.
The Falcon Pioneer program completed with full acceptance of the system on June 15. The Falcon went into full production June 21.
“Several of our Pioneer users had positive comments about their experiences while running jobs on the Falcon,” said Steve Wourms, director of the Aeronautical Systems Center’s Major Shared Resource Center.
“Pioneer users reported their delight with the Falcon as a well-balanced, high-speed system that will become a major ‘work horse’ for them with good input/output, good communications, and good compute power,” he emphasized.
The Hewlett-Packard Cluster Portfolio, XC System Software and Scalable File Share are part of Hewlett-Packard’s Unified Cluster Portfolio, which helps customers manage and visualize large volumes of data.
The 11.5 TeraFLOPS system has a high-speed Voltaire InfiniBand interconnect that is used with Hewlett-Packard’s XC system software providing cluster-management capability.
“This is the first large-scale Linux cluster that the Aeronautical Systems Center’s Major Shared Resource Center has ever integrated,” Wourms said. “We look forward to this system helping to accelerate research that will provide mission-critical support for our user community.”