Visit additional Tabor Communication Publications
November 10, 2011
It looks like Intel’s Enterprise Platform and Services Division (EPSD) is about to get in the HPC business. According to a report in CRN, the chip maker will announce the news at the Supercomputing Conference (SC11) next week in Seattle.
In general EPSD has focused on products for the more mainstream enterprise space, shying away from niche markets like HPC. But David Brown, director of marketing for EPSD, is quoted in the CRN piece as saying that the rebound in the HPC market and growth forecasts in the 10 percent-per-year range has led to change of heart for the EPSD folks at Intel.
The products to be introduced include half-width dual-socket motherboards based on the Romley architecture. The boards will incorporate HPC interconnects, lots of memory, and of course, Intel Xeon CPUs, in this case the new Sandy Bridge Xeon processors. To go along with the new motherboards, Intel is planning to offer 1U and 2U boxes. The 2U enclosure can supposedly house up to 8 CPUs.
The new Sandy Bridge Xeons won't be in general production until 2012, but apparently some deliveries of the CPUs with their new Intel-built HPC products have already been deployed in the wild. Specifically, HPC cluster maker Appro recently installed a number of HPC systems with the Intel motherboards to a number of DOE labs, including Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Intel's principal competition in this arena will be vendors like Supermicro, Tyan and ASUS, who have making generic x86 motherboards and chasses for HPC system vendors and channel partners for some time. But now that the market is big enough, the chipmaker figures it may as well cut out the middleman, and build those value-added parts itself.
Intel will reveal all the particulars about the new products next Tuesday at SC11.
Full story at CRN
In a recent solicitation, the NSF laid out needs for furthering its scientific and engineering infrastructure with new tools to go beyond top performance, Having already delivered systems like Stampede and Blue Waters, they're turning an eye to solving data-intensive challenges. We spoke with the agency's Irene Qualters and Barry Schneider about..
Large-scale, worldwide scientific initiatives rely on some cloud-based system to both coordinate efforts and manage computational efforts at peak times that cannot be contained within the combined in-house HPC resources. Last week at Google I/O, Brookhaven National Lab’s Sergey Panitkin discussed the role of the Google Compute Engine in providing computational support to ATLAS, a detector of high-energy particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
The Xeon Phi coprocessor might be the new kid on the high performance block, but out of all first-rate kickers of the Intel tires, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) got the first real jab with its new top ten Stampede system.We talk with the center's Karl Schultz about the challenges of programming for Phi--but more specifically, the optimization...
05/10/2013 | Cleversafe, Cray, DDN, NetApp, & Panasas | From Wall Street to Hollywood, drug discovery to homeland security, companies and organizations of all sizes and stripes are coming face to face with the challenges – and opportunities – afforded by Big Data. Before anyone can utilize these extraordinary data repositories, however, they must first harness and manage their data stores, and do so utilizing technologies that underscore affordability, security, and scalability.
04/15/2013 | Bull | “50% of HPC users say their largest jobs scale to 120 cores or less.” How about yours? Are your codes ready to take advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s ultra-parallel HPC systems? Download this White Paper by Analysts Intersect360 Research to see what Bull and Intel’s Center for Excellence in Parallel Programming can do for your codes.
In this demonstration of SGI DMF ZeroWatt disk solution, Dr. Eng Lim Goh, SGI CTO, discusses a function of SGI DMF software to reduce costs and power consumption in an exascale (Big Data) storage datacenter.
The Cray CS300-AC cluster supercomputer offers energy efficient, air-cooled design based on modular, industry-standard platforms featuring the latest processor and network technologies and a wide range of datacenter cooling requirements.