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November 12, 2012
Austin, Texas, Nov. 12 – System Fabric Works, Inc. announces that it will be exhibiting for the first time two new SystemFabricCore (SFC) models with Calxeda at Booth No. 130 at SC12 in the Convention Center.
The SystemFabriCore EnergyCore Compute (SFC-ECC) model is a 2U chassis comprising 48 Calxeda EnergyCore SOC (System on a Chip) on 12 EnergyCards configured on a single system board. Each EnergyCore contains an ARM Cortex-A9 Quad-core CPU. The 192 core cluster is connected via a 10Gbe switchless fabric integrated between the system board, EnergyCard and each EnergyCore. The SFC-ECC can boot either over the 4-10GbE external links or can contain one local disk, leaving 23 slots available for optional storage. Fully configured with 24 disks, the SFC-ECC is a fully integrated cluster of compute, fabric and storage.
As a diskless configuration, the SFC-ECC draws less than 300 watts compared to 600 watts for a single Xeon supporting 2 sockets each with 8 cores.
Along with Kurt Keville, from MIT, SFW is benchmarking the performance per watt of the SFC-ECC using High Performance LINPACK, establishing compile times for applications, running MrBAYES which performs Bayesian inference of phylogeny using a variant of Markov chain Monte Carlo, and executing Geant4 which is a toolkit for the simulation of the passage of particles through matter especially in high energy, nuclear and accelerator physics, as well as studies in medical and space science.
On the second model the SystemFabricCoreStore (SFC-STOR), SFW will be demonstrating a 2U chassis comprising 8 EnergyCores (SOCs) on 2 EnergyCards. The SFC-STOR is configured as 8 separate SOC storage servers each with up to 4 SSD’s for data running the Ceph file system. Each SOC is connected by 4-3Gbps SATA links to storage. The EnergyCore fabric clusters the servers together to support the Ceph architecture. The chassis allows expanding up to 24 drives, SSD or HDD and additional 10 EnergyCards to create a larger higher performance Ceph clustered object file system.
Ceph is a distributed object store and file system designed to provide excellent performance, reliability and scalability. "Ceph is the new black. It goes with everything!"
SFW’s SFC line of SOC based systems emphasizes open source software solutions and industry standard storage hardware. SFW’s focus is on groundbreaking power saving, space reduction and innovative SOC and fabric technologies to the datacenter and end users. The Calxeda SOCs provide high computing efficiency, 10X reduction in CPU power utilization in data movement, and approximately 50% reduction in energy.
These SFW SOC products are one component of SFW’s new direction in delivering vertically integrated solutions over RDMA (VISoR). VISoR products are comprised of software, systems, fabrics, and storage that are best of breed RDMA solutions. The solutions increase computing efficiency, speed up I/O, increase performance all while reducing space and electric power consumption for Technical Computing, Private Cloud and Analytic Applications.
About System Fabric Works
System Fabric Works has a 10 year record of delivering high quality integration, development, consulting, training, deployment of high performance software, enterprise solutions and products to clients and customers world-wide. SFW’s team are acknowledged experts in RDMA for operating systems, middleware and drivers for applications targeted at data motion and recording, virtualization, storage solutions, file systems, and fabric management leveraging data rates up to 40 Gigabits per second.
Founded in January 2008, Calxeda brings new performance density to the datacenter with revolutionary server-on-a-chip technology. Calxeda currently employs 100 professionals in Austin Texas and the Silicon Valley area. Calxeda is funded by a unique syndicate comprising industry leading venture capital firms and semiconductor innovators, including ARM Holdings, Advanced Technology Investment Company, Austin Ventures, Battery Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Vulcan Capital.
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