The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover Intel’s “Westmere EX” launch party; the Albert Einstein Institute’s new cluster; TACC’s Lonestar 4 inauguration; Penguin Computing’s financial markets server; and NextIO’s partnership with Bright Computing.
Westmere parts already showing up in HPC machines.
Latest silicon from Intel, AMD and NVIDIA will change the workstation-cluster dynamic.
Right on schedule, Intel has launched its Xeon 5600 processors, codenamed “Westmere EP.” The 5600 represents the 32nm sequel to the Xeon 5500 (Nehalem EP) for dual-socket servers. Intel is touting better performance and energy efficiency, along with new security features, as the big selling points of the new Xeons.
Magny-Cours siting on eBay forces chipmaker to respond.
First 32nm Xeons promise better performance and energy efficiency.
Despite the rise of GPUs, CPUs are the foundation high performance computing, with Intel clearly owning the majority of the HPC server market. AMD’s server roadmap over the next couple of years may be able to blunt some of its rival’s momentum, but there are no magic bullets in the company’s arsenal.
AMD plots its Opteron strategy.
Larrabee, Westmere, and “microserver” chips: Intel talks up its future silicon at IDF.
First 32nm Xeon chips may show up in early 2010.