<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/NREL_logo.gif” alt=”” width=”112″ height=”48″ />The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has ordered a $10 million HP supercomputer equipped with the latest Intel Xeon CPUs and Xeon Phi coprocessors. When completed in 2013, the system will deliver one petaflop of performance and will take up residence in one of the most energy-efficient datacenters in the world.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/knights_corner_chip.jpg” alt=”” width=”83″ height=”63″ />On Monday at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Intel announced that Knights Corner, the company’s first manycore product, would be in production before the end of 2012. The company also released a few more details about the upcoming product line, including the creation of a new Xeon brand for the architecture, some performance updates on pre-production silicon, and Cray’s adoption of MIC as part of its future Cascade supercomputer.
<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.
According to Intel, its Xeon will remain the cloud hardware choice in the near term.
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.
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.
HPC cluster maker Appro has unveiled the HF1 server, a purpose-built box aimed at the high frequency trading business. The new server incorporates overclocked Intel Xeon “Westmere” CPUs and a self-contained liquid cooling system to deliver the best dual-socket performance this side of a tricked-out gaming machine. Although the risky design isn’t geared for mainstream HPC users, for high frequency traders, it may be just the kind of gamble they are comfortable with.
Although 2010 still has a few months left to go, the competition in the x86 server processor arena for 2011 is already setting up to be a knock-down, drag-out fight. Both AMD and Intel are introducing new high-end server chips with revamped microarchitectures next year, and, at the same time, upping the core counts over their previous generation products.
Has the big multicore Xeon and Opteron server jumped the HPC shark?
Latest x86 chips fuel burgeoning HPC build-out.