Appro International next quarter will open an on-demand supercomputing service aimed at the oil and gas industry. The Compute on Demand Center, in Houston, will enable businesses to access large amounts of compute power for their compute-intensive applications without having to invest in more systems. The center also will be available for businesses in other industries that need additional computing capacity, Appro officials said.
Businesses will be able to sign up for the service in blocks of time, paying only for the compute resources used during that time. The number of nodes will ramp up to 2,000 during the first half of next year and will be based on dual-core technology from Advanced Micro Devices and Intel.
Appro earlier this month unveiled two new Opteron-based systems, the 1U (1.75-inch) and 3U (5.25-inch) XtremeServers. Both run on single- or dual-core AMD Opterons. The 1U model is available now; the 3U system is due later this quarter.