<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Intel-Corp_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”113″ height=”85″ />Chip giant Intel has penned an agreement to acquire QLogic’s assets related to its InfiniBand product line. The move is in line with Intel’s strategy to have a broader, more diverse set of offerings for the datacenter, especially in the lucrative network and interconnect segment. The chipmaker also sees the acquisition as key to fulfilling its promise to deliver exascale technology by 2018.
Enterprise product division to unveil high-performance server parts at SC11.
Penguin Computing builds experimental supercomputer with heterogeneous CPU-GPU processors.
Supercomputing center starts coding to Intel’s Many Integrated Core (MIC) chip.
Watson’s decisive win over two of Jeopardy’s top champions on national television earlier this year could turn out to be the most effective infomercial in the history of IT. Capitalizing on that accomplishment, IBM is working hard to highlight the supercomputing technology at every opportunity, including this week’s rollout of new and improved Power7-based servers.
This week Intel launched its new Westmere EX lineup, the latest Xeons aimed at large-memory, multi-socketed servers. The new chips come in 6-, 8- and 10-core flavors and will be sold under the name Xeon E7. According to Intel, these latest CPUs deliver 40 percent greater performance than the previous generation Nehalem EX processors while maintaining the same power draw.
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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.
The dominance of the x86 in desktop machines, servers, and supercomputers will soon be challenged by the ARM microprocessor. That according Tudor Brown, ARM Holdings’ president and co-founder, who this week took a few shots at the x86 dynasty. Brown’s comments and recent events suggest future ARM-based processors could form a credible threat to high-end CPUs made by AMD and Intel.