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September 23, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan., Sept 23 -- Atipa Technologies, an established high performance computing (HPC) vendor, announced today that it installed two large Intel Xeon 5500 ("Nehalem")-based clusters at two separate Department of Energy locations. These clusters each support in excess of 17.54 TFLOPS and represent numbers 478 and 479 on the TOP500 list of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world.
"Successful completion of the Atipa Candor Clusters using Intel Xeon 5500 processors requires careful planning and dedicated project leaders to meet performance criteria," said Mike Zheng, president of Atipa. "What impressed us with the Intel Xeon 5500 series," Mr. Zheng stated, "was its balanced computing architecture. Intel's new Nehalem microarchitecture balances processor performance, memory capacity, bandwidth and systems I/O. As a result, our customer experienced a substantial performance increase in both bandwidth and computationally sensitive workloads. The Atipa Candor Clusters met the DOE Laboratory's need for performance and price," Zheng continued.
Each Atipa Candor Cluster has 262 Intel Xeon 5500 processors running at 2.4 GHz and 7.1 TB of memory. These systems each have 2,090 cores and provide up to 4,180 computational threads, over 17 TFLOPS at peak performance. The Intel Xeon e5500 series represents Intel's next step in delivering fast, multicore technology that intelligently maximizes performance to match our customers workloads. The Intel Xeon 5500 is designed from the ground up to take advantage of Intel's newest microarchitecture, codenamed Nehalem, and unleashes maximum parallel processing performance by adding an integrated memory controller and Intel QuickPath Technology providing high-speed interconnects for each independent processing core.
Behind the increased processing performance are several Intel technologies that together create balance and efficiency. These technologies include support for dynamic scalability which increases performance and manages system energy efficiency. Supercharging the Intel Xeon 5500 series performance is Intel Turbo Boost Technology which automatically explores performance headroom by boosting processor performance to take advantage of available power and thermal headroom. This enables increased performance of both multi-threaded and single-threaded workloads. A second technology that adds to our customer's performance is Intel HT Technology. Hyper Threading creates logical cores that provide multi-thread applications more "cores" to run processes on.
"Atipa Technology's clusters based on the Intel Xeon 5500 series processors provides a balanced architecture that delivers the performance to solve large scale problems," said Thor Sewell, director of Intel's Technical Computing marketing organization. "Working with companies like Atipa Technology we have seen tremendous growth in our presence on the TOP500 HPC list."
About Atipa and Engineers
The computing power available on high performance computing clusters has exploded in the past few years. Performance is always a key issue. Even with the fastest computers, there's a need to harness the processing power and get more work done in a limited amount of time. Atipa focuses on high performance computing, which allows modern technologies to gain optimal use of the hardware. Atipa engineers pay special attention to memory design, tuning code for prime performance on multiprocessor machines. Atipa's Clusters provide research labs and scientists state-of-the-art systems to conduct their computational sciences on and support the Department of Energy and Department of Defense's missions and programs leading to scientific discovery and technical innovation.
About Atipa Technologies
Atipa Technologies, located in heartland of America -- Lawrence, Kansas -- has been delivering large-scale projects for eight years. Since 2002, a total of 11 Atipa clusters have ranked among the world's fastest supercomputers. Atipa Technologies is distinguished by its functional and technical expertise combined with its hands-on experience, thereby ensuring that clients receive the most effective and professional service.
Source: Atipa Technologies, Inc.
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