An interesting article I found on Sun Microsystems' website about a new virtual datacenter solution:
Inside Project Blackbox
The Project Blackbox prototype is a computing powerhouse capable of hosting a configuration that would place it among the top 200 fastest supercomputers globally. The current prototype could support the following capacities:
- A single Project Blackbox could accommodate 250 Sun Fire T1000 servers with the CoolThreads technology with 2000 cores and 8000 simultaneous threads.
- A single Project Blackbox could accommodate 250 x64-based servers with 1000 cores.
- A single Project Blackbox could provide as much as 1.5 petabytes of disk storage or 2 petabytes of energy-efficient tape storage.
- A single Project Blackbox could provide 7 terabytes of memory.
- A single Project Blackbox could handle up to 10,000 simultaneous desktop users.
- A single Project Blackbox currently has sufficient power and cooling to support 200 kilowatts of rackmounted equipment.
And that's all inside a single shipping container.
Apparently the concept of Project Blackbox is to bring datacenter-grade computing to remote or space-constrained locations, such as in oil rigs, warehouses, or even atop buildings. And to top it all off, it only costs 1/10th of that of a traditional datacenter.
Seems a slightly bizarre idea, but nifty nonetheless.
Sounds like the mainframe resurrected and updated for the 21st century. Who exactly does Sun anticipate selling this to? I mean, there aren't that many oil rigs in the grand scheme of things...
I'm sure there are lots of millionaires with too much money to spend who will get it - it's one of these 'want one' things. I suppose some companies could set up their own data centres too without having to hire the services of another - all you need is one of those and an OC optical connection (which they might already have).
On a completely different note - is it just me or are Sun trying to be like IBM and support all these open-source initiatives? Solaris, Java, OpenOffice.org...
EDIT: Watching the first video at the bottom of that page, it says you need hot water as well as cold water. Why??
Sun has been a "proponent" of open source for a long while now. I use the term loosely though, largely because Sun is a past master of selling you open source solutions. Dunno if they're trying to be like IBM (or vice versa), but it's a good idea regardless of cause.
Well, it's likely going to be cheaper than having to buy/setup all the parts you would need for a full blown data center.
I can think of some places where having a datacenter than can be put on the back of a truck would be a handy thing (Katrina aftermath, perhaps Iraq or a third world nation).
hehe the power requierments will be off the charts. it is useing a sun microsystem T1000 core that only has 8 cores with hyper threading only makes 16 threads excutable in 1 cycal. o well sun microsystems are not mainstreams o it dose "us" gamers no benafit since there running Solaris 10 not a "game friendly OS" liek windows or linux.