Customers, Partners Run Top Supercomputers on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Supercomputers around the world are running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell. According to TOP500, a project that tracks and detects trends in high-performance computing, SUSE Linux Enterprise is the Linux of choice on the world's largest HPC supercomputers today.
Of the top 50 supercomputers worldwide, 40 percent are running on SUSE Linux Enterprise, including the top three IBM eServer Blue Gene at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, IBM eServer BlueGene/P (JUGENE) at the Juelich Research Center and SGI Altix 8200 at the New Mexico Computing Applications Center.
Leveraging the economics of open-source software and low-cost hardware, Novell, together with its partners, is bringing the same high-performance computing capabilities utilized in supercomputers to enterprises and mid-market customers in a range of industries, including manufacturing, research and academic organizations.
Customers such as Audi, MTU Aero Engines, NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division, Porsche Informatik, Seoul National University, Swinburne University of Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Wehmeyer are running supercomputers and computer clusters on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to handle mission-critical workloads with minimal downtime.
Three supercomputers at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division operate on SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell. These computers are used to evaluate next-generation technology to meet NASA's engineering and science requirements; control system operation and launch programs; and support NASA's aeronautics, science and space operations initiatives.
NASA's next supercomputer, scheduled for completion this summer, will also run on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and when deployed will be one of the largest SGI Altix ICE systems, on par with the current third-ranked most powerful supercomputer.
"At NASA we are working to solve some of science's most complex challenges, so an operating system that can help us achieve the highest level of computational functionality is very important," said William Thigpen, engineering branch chief in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division.
"In selecting an operating system, performance and flexibility are two of our top considerations. The right operating system helps us to push the boundaries of computing performance and bring new levels of innovation to our space, science and aeronautics programs."
Partners Leverage SUSE Linux Enterprise
Companies such as Appro International, Atipa Technologies, Cluster Resources, HP, Penguin Computing, SGI and Teradata are incorporating SUSE Linux Enterprise Server into the high-performance computing solutions they are providing to their customers.
"We recently introduced a new family of platforms from entry-level to active-enterprise data warehouses that addresses many customer needs,” said Scott Gnau, chief development officer at Teradata Corp. "Our solutions are designed to drive powerful business intelligence and real-time decisioning applications, including fraud detection and prevention, customer segmentation, human resources and forecasting.
“Our solutions run on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, which thanks to its extreme scalability, reliability, flexibility and ease of use, is the optimal Linux operating system for our customers' businesses. We selected Novell and its SUSE Linux Enterprise platform because of its full range of industry-leading Linux services to support large-scale, mission-critical enterprises."
Irene Qualters, SGI senior vice president of software, said, "At SGI, our focus is on high-performance computing and robust scalability, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the operating system of choice for many of our Altix and Altix XE customers.
"As the requirements for high-performance computing continue to grow more complex across industries, the collaboration between SGI and Novell ensures that SUSE Linux Enterprise will continue to be the leading operating system for high-performance clusters that meet those new business needs today."
SUSE Linux Enterprise has been a leader in the high-performance computing market for more than a decade, based on the strong engineering heritage of the distribution.