Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fujitsu Powers Atacama Compact Array Supercomputer

Fujitsu has supplied 35 of its PRIMERGY x86 servers and a specialized computational unit to power the Atacama Compact Array (ACA) Correlator supercomputer system, which will be employed as part of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) project, a radio telescope featuring unprecedented sensitivity and resolution deployed in Chile.

Fujitsu said the ACA Correlator supercomputer is capable of reading up to 512 billion data samples per second (roughly 200 GB/sec), equivalent to the data transfer speeds supported by 20,000 residential optical broadband lines (at a rate of 100 Mbps each).  The massive volume of data will need to be processed in real time at an ultrafast computational rate of 120 trillion operations per second.

Fujitsu worked in partnership with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) to develop the purpose-built Atacama Compact Array (ACA) Correlator supercomputer system.