Dell has introduced an ultra-dense rack server built for high performance computing. Based on the latest and greatest Opteron 6100 series (“Magny-Cours”) processors, the PowerEdge C6145 puts two independent four-socket servers in a 2U chassis, offering up to 96 cores, 1 TB memory, and 10 PCIe slots.
In the HPC market, Dell has established itself as the number three system vendor, trailing only its larger competitors, HP and IBM. Known for offering no-frills performance servers at reasonable prices, Dell has garnered a particularly strong following in higher education and government labs, especially for small and mid-sized clusters. But a recent spate of purpose-built HPC products from the company point to a subtle shift in Dell’s high performance computing strategy.
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