HPC Blade Systems from Off-the-Shelf Hardware
Chu: Appro International leverages off-the-shelf Intel hardware to build server-blade cluster systems that are designed to handle HPC (high-performance computation) applicationsWho said you cant use commodity server hardware to build systems that are capable of tackling large-scale computational tasks? Appro International leverages off-the-shelf Intel hardware to build server-blade cluster systems that are designed to handle HPC (high-performance computation) applications. The Hyperblade systems can be deployed to run home-grown applications performing such compute-intensive tasks as stock trading, seismic modeling and genome research. Accordingly, Appro is targeting financial institutions, government agencies, oil/gas industry interests and education centers with these systems. I got a chance to see Hyperblades in action when I dropped by Appros headquarters in Milpitas, Calif. The systems, which are available now at a starting price of $145,000 for 80 blades, use standard Intel e7500 and e7501 chip sets to support dual Xeon processors and DDR memory. Each blade uses an industry-standard ATX motherboard, has a single ATA hard drive, dual embedded 10/100 or Gigabit NICs, and a single PCI-X slot.
Eighty dual-processor Hyperblades can fit in Appros customized cabinet. The cabinet is wider than a standard data center rack, so the Hyperblade doesnt necessarily offer better processor density than server blades from vendors such as Dell, HP and IBM.