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Intel Solid-State Drive 910 Series Intel has launched the Solid-State Drive 910 Series, a high-performing SSD to address rigorous data centre storage demands driven by cloud computing, virtualisation and online transactions. Intel says the SSD 910 Series delivers accelerated storage performance, endurance and reliability critical to today’s data centre performance applications. It includes Intel High Endurance


Technology and optimised multi-level cell (MLC) 25-nanometer NAND flash memory, that allows up to 10 full drive


writes a day for five years, or a 30 times endurance improvement over its standard MLC-based flash products, for a cost-effective storage solution. The SSD 910 is PCIe-based and is aimed at offering an easy-to-install, seamless post-deployment server storage upgrade that requires no changes to existing server design. It can be used in storage tiering and caching of hot files for high- performance processing and access to mission-critical data. www.intel.co.uk


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MPC-X series


Maxeler Technologies has launched the MPC-X series for deployment of dataflow computing to complement standard servers. The MPC-X1000 provides eight dataflow engines with the equivalent performance of 40 to 60 multicore x86 servers and power consumption comparable to a single high-end server. A 1U rack-mount system supports dual redundant power supplies and IPMI-compatible remote management, and a single MPC-X1000 has 384GB of memory and over 16TB of memory in a single rack. Resources within the MPC-X1000, including dynamic allocation of dataflow engines to CPU threads


HMPP Workbench 3.1


Caps Entreprise has announced that HMPP Workbench 3.1 supports OpenACC version 1.0. It is the first of the company’s releases to do so. Based on a common set of


directives for C and Fortran languages, OpenACC aids programmers in taking advantage of the processing power of


Transtec expands portfolio Kronos workstations and Nexxus C deskside supercomputers from Ciara are being added to Transtec’s high- performance computing portfolio, the company has announced. Suited to customers who need powerful deskside systems for CAE simulation or CAD applications, both systems feature industrial-standard closed water cooling. This enables the Kronos workstations to be safely overclocked and makes the Nexxus C supercomputers quiet and suitable for deskside installation.


Designed to work with complex applications such as Catia, Ansys, ProEngineer/Creo and NCSIMUL, Kronos workstations are based on Intel Sandy Bridge or Westmere


www.scientific-computing.com


heterogeneous, many-core architectures. Its multi-platform and multi-vendor compatible model preserves investment in legacy applications with an easy migration path to accelerated computing. ‘The GPU computing breakthrough has allowed many users to propose new massively parallel codes to


advance many scientific fields. With OpenACC we are simplifying the use of accelerators and leveraging legacy applications. We are confident this will help to further broaden the community taking advantage of many-core technologies,’ said François Bodin, Caps CTO. www.caps-entreprise.com


and processes, and balancing demands on the cluster at runtime to maximise overall performance, are managed by Maxeler’s software. With a Linux RPM installation, any CPU server in the cluster can be quickly upgraded.


The MPC-X series combines dual FDR/QDR Infiniband connectivity with unique RDMA technology that provides direct memory to dataflow engine transfers without inefficient memory copies. The MPC-X1000’s hardware-enabled RDMA delivered 40 per cent speedup over a software-only framework for remote execution over a network. www.maxeler.com


processors. With overclocking, their processing power can be significantly increased to 5.2 GHz and the RAM speed can also be accelerated beyond the manufacturer’s specifications. The integrated industrial-grade advanced high-performance cooling system dissipates the heat produced by overclocking. Configured for high speed, the workstations also come with an SSD hard disk, optimised for the needs of engineering and multimedia workstations, and an Nvidia Quadro


The Nexxus C


graphics card. The systems are available single- or dual- core models and as desktop or rackmount systems. www.transtec.co.uk


The Aurora HPC 10-10 Based on the Intel Sandy Bridge processing platform, the Aurora HPC 10-10 can thermally manage the top of the Xeon E5 series, the E5-2687W at 3.1 Ghz (150W TDP), in a standard rack, to deliver 100 teraflops of CPU computational power at 110kW of peak consumption. Improving on the previous AU 5600 supercomputer, the hot cooling system (coolant at 50°C +) is more efficient in extracting heat from the system, while the power conversion of the AU 5600 enables data centre PUEs as low as 1.05. The 10-10’s nodes are 50 x 16 cm blades that are hot-pluggable, despite being liquid-cooled, and limited cabling is present inside each rack, where the backplanes handle most of the I/O communication. Further features include fast interconnects, an optional FPGA-driven 3D Torus and three multi-level synchronisation networks. Eurotech delivers the HPC 10-10 complete with drivers, operating system (CentOS Linux), 3D Torus software, proprietary monitoring software and a comprehensive HPC software stack, which guarantees compatibility with most open source and commercial scientific, industrial and business applications. www.eurotech.com/aurora


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