SGI Unveils 2 New Supercomputers, Management Software
SGI officials say the ICE XA and UV 300 HPC systems will be important stepping stones as the industry moves closer to exascale computing.SGI is rolling out new hardware and software additions to its supercomputing portfolio that officials say will help push the industry toward exascale computing. SGI officials unveiled its new products—including two new supercomputers and high-performance computing (HPC) management software—as the SC14 supercomputing show was under way in New Orleans. The federal government and HPC space are hoping to achieve exascale computing within the next six to eight years, reaching a point where systems are 20 to 40 times faster than current supercomputers. The Department of Energy is continuing to fund projects within the IT industry to help HPC players like IBM, Cray, Nvidia, Intel and Advanced Micro Devices develop the technology that will help the world reach exascale computing. "We believe exascale is the next frontier in high-performance computing and will enable computational breakthroughs spanning climatology, energy, security and at the speed of human thought," SGI President and CEO Jorge Titinger said in a statement. "SGI is on a path to deliver systems capable of an exaflop by 2020. While these systems will be designed for the most extreme HPC environments, our progression will bring practical solutions to tera- and petascale problems seen today."
SGI officials said the vendor will continue innovating with the goal of reaching exascale computing through such efforts as bringing storage and processors closer together, managing power consumption at the job level, reducing cooling costs by using higher facility water temperatures and technologies that enable systems to be fully emerged in liquid coolants, and finding ways to better predict hardware failure through improved analytics.