Appro

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Appro International, Inc.
Industry High Performance Computing
Founded 1991 - 2012. Acquired by Cray, Inc. November 2012
Founder(s) Daniel Kim
Products Supercomputers
Employees 90
Website appro.com

Appro was a developer of supercomputing supporting High Performance Computing (HPC) markets focused on medium to large-scale deployments. Appro was based in Milpitas, CA with a computing center in Houston, Texas, and a manufacturing and support subsidiary in Korea and Japan.[1]

Cray Inc. purchased Appro in November 2012.

Company History[edit]

Appro was founded in 1991 by President and CEO Daniel Kim. Mr. Kim expanded the company in the US market as OEM high performance rackmount computer systems manufacturer. Appro quickly became one of the fastest growing rackmount computer companies.

In 2002, Appro produced and marketed its own line of branded high-density servers for the high-performance and Internet computing markets in a transition from OEM to Appro branded products.

In 2005, Appro expanded manufacturing, engineering and product development teams in South Korea and introduced its first blade cluster, the Appro HyperBlade Server Cluster Solution and the Appro 1142H, the first 1U 4-processor server available to the HPC market.

In 2006, Appro launched its first flagship product, the Xtreme-X Supercomputer based on x86 processors. The system combines high performance and high availability in a balanced architecture for scaling out data centers from medium to large-sized systems. The supercomputer features the Appro Cluster Engine (ACE) Management Software, a complete lights-out remote management system.

In 2008 and 2009, Appro announced the Appro HyperPower Cluster, a hybrid CPU/GPU computing based on NVIDIA Tesla and NVIDIA Cuda software technology and including professional services and cluster management options. Appro also launched the Appro GreenBlade System.

In 2011, Appro revealed the next generation Xtreme-X Supercomputer.[2] The system featured the latest processing and accelerator technologies, increased performance/watt, multiple high performance network connectivity, I/O and disk options along with specialized professional services. The system addressed four critical HPC workloads: capacity, hybrid, data intensive, and capability computing. The reinvented system won several major supercomputing contracts for customers such as San Diego Supercomputer Center, Lockheed Martin (Department of Defense), NNSA (Department of Energy), University of Tsukuba, and Lawrence Livermore, Sandia, Los Alamos National Laboratories.

On November 9, 2012, Cray Inc. announced plans to acquire Appro for $21.8 million to strengthen the company's HPC cluster system offerings.[3] On November 21, 2012 Cray announced it had completed the acquisition of Appro International, Inc.[4]

Customers and Supercomputing Projects[edit]

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • As of November 2012, an Appro Xtreme-X supercomputer (Beacon) tops the current Green500 list.[11] Beacon is deployed by NICS of the University of Tennessee and is actually a GreenBlade GB824M, Xeon E5-2670 based eight cores (8C), 2.6 GHz, Infiniband FDR, Intel Xeon Phi 5110P computer.[12]
  • HPCwire Editors' Choice Award 2012 - Appro Xtreme-X Supercomputer was awarded "Best HPC Cluster Solution" and "Best HPC Storage Product or Technology" for the collaborative project with SDSC for its Data Oasis Storage System running on the Gordon Supercomputer.[13]
  • Top500 November 2012 - Appro was ranked #4 vendor on the Top500 list[14] with 24 supercomputers making the list, with the highest ranking system, the Zin supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, at #29.[15]
  • 2012 Intel Solution Summit - Datacenter Solution Innovation Award Winner for Appro GreenBlade and Xtreme-X Supercomputer
  • HPCwire Reader and Editor Choice 2011 - Editor's Choice for "Top 5 Vendors to Watch" and "Best HPC Server Product or Technology" for Appro Xtreme-X Supercomputer.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Appro Company Description". IEEE Global Supplier Marketplace. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Appro Reveals Xtreme-X Supercomputer to Support Future Processor Technologies". Desktop Engineering. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cray to Acquire Appro International". HPCwire. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cray completes acquisition of Appro International". Cray Inc. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "NOAA's Appro Xtreme-X Supercomputer to Boost Weather Forecasts". HPCwire. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "NSF Awards $20 Million to SDSC to Develop "Gordon"". San Diego Supercomputer Center. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Tri-Lab Linux Capacity Cluster (TLCC)—Unifying Computing across the NNSA Defense Complex". ASC TLCC. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Appro notches up another Los Alamos super deal". The Register. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "University of Tsukuba, Xtreme-X™ Supercomputer Now in Operation". PRWeb. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Appro to Support (HPCMP) to Improve Supercomputing Capabilities". Information Technology Market. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "University of Tennessee Supercomputer Sets World Record for Energy Efficiency". National Institute for Computational Sciences News. University of Tennessee & Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Beacon - Appro GreenBlade - Green500 list". top500.org. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "HPCwire Announces 2012 Readers' Choice Awards Winners". HPCwire. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Top500 Statistics". Top500. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Top500 List November 2012". Top500. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "2011 Annual HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards". HPCwire. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 

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