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3DBoxx 4170 Xtreme

Boxx Technologies has introduced the 3DBoxx 4170 Xtreme, a compact workstation featuring an overclocked Intel Core i7 processor capable of running up to 4.3GHz,

and Thunderbolt 2 technology. Thunderbolt is an I/O technology that supports high-res displays and high-performance data devices simultaneously through a single, compact port. Thunderbolt 2 provides substantial performance increases over its predecessor by increasing the bandwidth to 20Gbps, enabling significantly faster storage transfers for data intensive workflows, as well as simultaneous display and transfer of raw 4K video. Boxx is the only workstation manufacturer featuring Thunderbolt 2 in an overclocked system backed by a three-year warranty. 3DBoxx 4170 is also available in a standard edition model.

The Thunderbolt 2 technology integrated into the 4170 Xtreme enables faster data transfers for backup, sharing, and editing, significantly reducing the time taken to complete tasks. The rack- mountable, liquid-cooled Xtreme features a compact chassis ideal for space-constrained environments. The new workstation is also available with Nvidia Maximus technology which enables users to complete simulation or rendering plus visualisation simultaneously. The workstation is designed for engineering, architectural, visualisation, 3D animation, modelling, and motion media applications including Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks.

MetroX TX6100

Mellanox Technologies has announced the general availability of its MetroX TX6100 solution that enables InfiniBand and Ethernet RDMA connectivity between data centres.

The company says MetroX allows for rapid disaster recovery and improved utilisation of remote storage and compute infrastructures across long distances and multiple geographic sites.

Commonly used for internal data centre long reach connectivity, or

between close data centre compute and storage infrastructures, the MetroX series extends Mellanox InfiniBand solutions from a single- location data centre network to distances of up to 10 kilometres. Purdue University in the US successfully deployed MetroX TX6100 over six kilometres to

Hybrid-Core Memcached Appliance

Convey Computer has introduced the latest addition to its hybrid- core (HC) series, the Convey HC Memcached appliance. In addition to providing an order of magnitude higher throughput than commodity servers, while maintaining sub- millisecond response time, the new Convey HC Memcached server dramatically reduces cost of ownership by slashing power, cooling, and maintenance costs. Memcached is an open-source,

high-performance, distributed memory caching system used in data centres around the world.

connect computation clusters to storage facilities. Providing access to its remotely sited supercomputers enables the university to organise assets to limited data centre space more flexibly, resulting in higher facilities utilisation without increased construction or building retrofit costs.

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Today’s ever increasing network traffic and rapidly growing datasets are presenting throughput and scalability challenges. In order to keep memcached response times low, organisations are adding more servers, which presents a different challenge. As the number of servers increase, the number of memcached instances increase, causing a cascading amount of requests. At a certain point, these requests

overwhelm the network and actually decrease throughput.

Instead of adding servers, Convey believes that a better approach is to increase the performance of the servers themselves, allowing each server to service more requests. Convey’s memcached appliance dramatically increases throughput and reduces latency in a single platform.

Cray supercomputers support Nvidia accelerators and Intel coprocessors

Cray has broadened its support for accelerators and coprocessors, and is now selling the Cray XC30 series of supercomputers with Nvidia Tesla K20X GPU accelerators and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. According to the company, this marks the latest step in its Adaptive Supercomputing vision, which is focused on delivering innovative systems that integrate diverse technologies such as multi-core and many-core processing into a unified architecture.


‘Our first experience with climate and materials science applications showed that replacing one of the multi-core processors in the XC30 with an Nvidia Tesla GPU boosts application performance and disproportionally reduced energy to solution,’ said Thomas Schulthess, professor at ETH Zurich and director of the Swiss National Supercomputing Center, which was one of the first Cray customers to order a hybrid Cray XC30 system.

‘This provides necessary proof of principle in favour of hybrid compute nodes as a promising solution to the energy challenges we face in supercomputing.’

In addition to now being offered in both the Cray XC30 and Cray XC30-AC systems, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors and Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerators are also available in the Cray CS300 line of cluster supercomputers.

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