Appro Delivers HyperGreen Cluster Solution to Support Rice University Computational Research Projects

April 28th, 2009 9:03 am
Posted by Maria McLaughlin
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Appro, a leading provider of supercomputing solutions, today announced the award of a mid-sized Appro HyperGreen(TM) Intel(R) Cluster Ready certified solution for Rice University's Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology in Houston. Located in the world's energy capital, Rice is a leader in the application of high-performance computing (HPC) for the oil and gas industry, and the university also boasts cutting-edge computational research in disciplines as diverse as biomedicine, energy, the environment, nanotechnology and materials science.

Rice University needed a modern, energy-efficient, high performance cluster capable to provide both high memory bandwidth and a fast interconnection network with full bisection bandwidth critical for their diverse tightly-coupled data-intensive parallel applications.

Rice's Appro HyperGreen Cluster solution will be shipped and installed this spring. The entire system consists of two fully integrated high-performance computing clusters based on the latest Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) 5500 series processors. It will contain 94 nodes with 752 processing cores using InfiniBand switches and Mellanox dual-port DDR InfiniBand HCAs. The system will be pre-configured with Appro BladeDome remote server management software designed to provide simplified administration along with cluster installation services and support.

"We are proud to provide Rice University with our Appro HyperGreen Cluster Solution for science computational research," said Daniel Kim, president and CEO of Appro. "Today, end-users can get a full range of high-performance computing taking advantage of Appro's mid-range innovative cluster solution packaged with the latest green technologies."

"Appro HyperGreen Cluster offers a dense, modular and Intel Cluster Ready certified solution that simplifies and accelerates HPC cluster deployment," said Richard Dracott, general manager of high-performance computing at Intel Corporation. "For this award, the Appro HyperGreen Cluster takes full advantage of Intel's QuickPath Technologies by providing Rice University researchers the expanded memory capacity and improved system I/O memory they need to continue producing world-class results allowing the Kennedy Institute to support a growing portfolio of computational science and engineering research."

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Maria McLaughlin joined Appro in 2002 and has responsibility for all Appro's marketing, which includes branding, product positioning, market analysis, perception improvement, marketing communications and demand creation. She is also responsible for coordinating the product-definition and Go-to-Market Plan activities across Appro. Prior to her role at Appro, Mrs. McLaughlin worked at Hewlett-Packard for 13 years, where she held several marketing roles. She has also international business experience gained working at 3M Corporation in Campinas, SP, Brazil.

Mrs. McLaughlin graduated from Pontificia Catolica University in Brazil with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and English. She has also attended Berkeley Extension University in San Francisco.