Appro and Penguin are unveiling new HPC systems that are powered by the newest server chips coming out from Intel and AMD.
Penguin Computing are both leveraging the newest chip technologies from
Advanced Micro Devices and Intel for high-performance computing systems.
officials on Nov. 2 unveiled plans for the next generation of their Xtreme-X
supercomputer, which will be powered by AMD's upcoming Opteron 6200 "Interlagos" processor and Intel's Xeon E5, which company executives said in
September had gone into revenue production. The system also will support Intel's
upcoming Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture.
Appro will put
the new Xtreme-X supercomputers on display at the SC 11 supercomputer show in
Seattle Nov. 14-17.
systems are designed to handle high-performance computing (HPC) workloads and offer
high-density, improved performance-per-watt capabilities, and multiple
connectivity and storage options.
Xtreme-X combines the latest cutting-edge technologies with an optimized high-performance
computing architecture," Appro CTO Giri Chukkapalli said in a statement. "This
combination delivers outstanding performance, scalability, availability and
manageability based on a high-bandwidth and low-latency infrastructure required
for today's HPC workload production requirements."
supercomputer will support two- and four-socket platforms powered by the Xeon
E5 chips combined with the MIC architecture, which is designed to create
high-performance supercomputing platforms. The Xeon E5, which will hold up to
eight cores and run 16 threads per second, is aimed at midrange systems, coming
in between the low-end E3 chips and high-end E7 Xeons. During the Intel
Developer Forum in San Francisco, Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general
manager of Intel's Data Center Group, said the chip will offer more performance
than the current Xeon 5600 "Westmere" processors, including a doubling of the
floating-point capabilities and integrating of the PCI-Express bus onto the
chip. The Xeon E5 "is the most phenomenal chip we've delivered to the
server market," Skaugen said.
servers running the chip will hit the market in early 2012.
AMD has begun
shipping its Interlagos Opteron processor, which will offer up to 16 cores
and a range of features designed to improve performance and energy efficiency.
In addition, the Xtreme-X supercomputer also will continue using Nvidia's Tegra
graphics technology in combined CPU/GPU configurations.
systems will come in multiple configurations, including one for terascacle and
petascale computing that includes integrated Lustre file systems and low-power
components. The Xtreme-X for hybrid computing will offer CPU/GPU processing for
highly parallel compute workloads.
configuration for data-intensive computing that calls for high storage and I/O
capacity, such as large-scale data analysis, will feature extreme bandwidths
between memory, large memory nodes, the use of SMP technologies, and storage
using fast disks, solid-state storage and PCI-attached flash. The Xtreme-X for capability computing is
aimed at petascale demands and will offer fault tolerance and high
For its part,
Penguin is leveraging AMD's accelerated processing units (APUs), which offer
the CPU, graphics technology, memory controllers and a PCI-e interface on the
same chip, for a new HPC compute cluster at the Sandia National Labs in
Albuquerque, N.M. Penguin's cluster comprises 104 servers interconnected
through an Infiniband networking fabric that will offer a peak performance of
up to 59.6 teraflops-or 59.6 trillion floating point operations per second.Penguin's new Altus 2A00 is the
compute platform for the cluster, according to the company.
began rolling out APUs for PCs and embedded systems under its Fusion initiative
in January, helped Penguin design the Altus 2A00, which Penguin officials said
is the first Fusion APU system in a rack-mount chassis and in a 2U (3.5-inch)
architecture. AMD's uniquely designed processor includes 400 parallel
processing cores that leverage the OpenCL programming framework.
Altus 2A00, Penguin is the first to bring AMD's unique APU capabilities to the
HPC community," Penguin CTO Phil Pokorny said in a statement. "We believe that
the high level of integration and the resulting benefits for HPC users will
further accelerate the adoption of the GPU processing model in HPC. The APU
architecture has the potential to become a key component of future exascale