<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Intel-Corp_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”90″ height=”65″ />Intel Corp. has launched three new families of Xeon processors, joining the Xeon E5-2600 series the chipmaker introduced in March. These latest chips span the entire market for the Xeon line, from four- and two-socket servers, down to entry-level workstations and microservers. A number of HPC server makers, including SGI, Dell, and Appro announced updated hardware based on the new silicon.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Sandy-Bridge_EP_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”98″ height=”90″ />Intel officially launched its new Xeon E5-2600 processor family on Tuesday, months after the chips had been deployed in supercomputers at several major HPC sites around the world. The new CPU represents the company’s latest Xeon offering for dual-socket servers, and boasts a number of new features including better performance, a new floating point instruction set in AVX, and integrated I/O.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/AMD_generic_chip.bmp” alt=”” width=”101″ height=”71″ />AMD is plotting a relatively conservative roadmap for its Opteron CPUs over the next year or two, even as it preps its heterogenous computing technology for the big leap into the server arena. At the company’s 2012 Financial Analyst Day last week, AMD execs re-pledged their commitment to the server market and outlined a strategy that puts less emphasis on high performance cores and design complexity and more on power efficiency and building SoC products tailored to specific datacenter workloads.
Now that the new AMD “Interlagos” Opterons and Intel “Sandy Bridge” EP Xeons have begun shipping, at least for volume deployments, Appro has announced support for the latest x86 CPUs in its upgraded Xtreme-X HPC line-up. The new systems will soon be appearing in supercomputing centers in the US and elsewhere.
Amazon Web Services has opened the window a crack for potential HPC users to take their cloud creation process for a test drive.
The concept of Fast Arrays of Wimpy Nodes (FAWN) could shape the next generation of data centers and alter the way public clouds operate.
There seems to be no end to the roll-out of GPGPU-accelerated server offerings this year. The latest comes from server maker AMAX, which has introduced what it says is the densest GPU computing system on the market. The ServMax AS-5160G is a 16-GPU, 4-CPU system that delivers more than 8 teraflops of high performance computing in a mere 5U of rack space.
Hewlett Packard has launched a new purpose-built HPC rack server with a formidable GPGPU capability. That product, the ProLiant SL390s G7, provides more raw FLOPS per square inch than any server HP has delivered to date, and is the basis for the 2.4 petaflop TSUBAME 2.0 supercomputer currently being deployed at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Appro deploys Linux cluster testbed at Lawrence Livermore; SeaMicro introduces redesigned x86 architecture with launch of Internet-optimized server. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.
Server maker now cheerleader for open source OS.