Dell Uses Madison For HPC System
New PowerEdge 3250 offers 64-bit computing for high-performance computing.Dell is stretching out the high end of its server line with a new high performance computing box that uses the forthcoming Intel Corp. Itanium 2 6M processor, code-named Madison. The Round Rock, Texas, company today introduced the PowerEdge 3250 that officials said could be used for such compute-intensive applications at graphical rendering of special effects, complex financial modeling and genomic research. What will make this possible are Madisons 16GB of memory and performance enhancements over earlier versions of Itanium. Because the PowerEdge 3250 uses Intel chips and the Linux operating system it is more cost-effective than other HPC offerings, officials said. A cluster of Dell PowerEdge 3250 servers recently achieved an HPC cluster benchmark that was one-third the cost of proprietary systems from competitors, the officials said.
This lower cost is important to making HPC clustering more attractive to enterprises, Dell said. High-end clusters have mostly been used by government and research organization. Darrel Ward, of Dell Product Management, said that the PowerEdge 3250 could also become a development platform for enterprises.