SuperMicro FatTwin Exploits Parallel Processing

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Xeon Phi Parallel Processing ServerSupermicro’s latest, FatTwin server will handle up to 12x Intel Xeon Phi  Co-processors. That is a ridiculous amount of parallel processing within the confines of a single, 4U server. Intel’s Many Integrated Core (MIC) technology has resulted in a number of high-performance computing platforms designed explicitly to harness the power of parallel processing.

Parallel Processing Capabilities

6 Xeon Phi Co-Processors Per Node

Supermicro’s latest, 4U FatTwin takes parallel processing to new limits by supporting an astonishing, 12x Xeon Phi Co-Processors. Unlike previous 4-Node models, this latest FatTwin server has only two nodes, each supporting a total of 6 x Xeon Phi Co-Processors. Not only that, this latest 2-Node, FatTwin utilizes the very latest and fastest E5-2600 v2, Ivy Bridge Processors by Intel.

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Hybrid Computing Solution from ASUS

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What is Hybrid Computing?

Hybrid ComputingHybrid computing is a high performance computing term that represents the best combination of CPU processing performance and graphics performance. Today’s HPC, data center and enterprise applications often require more than a couple of fast Xeon processors. Today’s high performance computers are asked to do many more things than what is expected from your typical server. Intel has continued to offer and develop the fastest, xeon server processors in the world. But, faster processors simply are not enough to handle what is expected of today’s high performance computing demands. Fortunately, NVIDIA has continued to entice development from CUDA developers; research, engineering, modeling and math scientists with the latest versions of their Kepler GPU cards. Meanwhile, Intel has made things even more interesting since launching its line-up of Xeon Phi parallel processing cards over a year ago. We won’t argue which of these solutions offers the best performance just now. There is plenty of controversy surrounding CUDA development and GPU vs. Xeon parallel processors, but suffice it say, both of them have their merits. The real issue for compute-intensive application is getting the right box to harness all of this talent and potential.

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Intel Xeon vs i7

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Intel Xeon vs i7The Intel Xeon vs i7 question is often brought up by by high performance computing administrators who are looking for ways to gain the greatest-performance-per-dollar benefit from a low or insufficient IT budget. Of course, if you are an IT administrator of a fortune 500 enterprise firm or large data center, the idea of using an Intel i7-based processor in a server is a consideration that would never cross your mind. However, the Intel Xeon vs i7 question is a valid consideration for certain users in various fields who don’t require the enterprise features of an Intel Xeon server, but do want the performance. In today’s computing environments, the word, server, covers a broad range of needs. For example, not all servers are designed to handle sensitive and data for critical customer applications on a 24 x 7 basis. One reason to consider an i7 is compatibility with the desktop environments and applications. Another consideration, however, is performance.

Intel Xeon vs i7 Performance Comparisons

With clock speeds up to 3.90GHz; 4-Cores and 8-Threads, the Intel i7 is a tempting consideration for someone who needs a server with a super fast desktop processor...

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Supermicro Hadoop Cluster Shakes up the HPC Industry

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Hadoop Cluster SystemsThe latest High Performance Computing offerings from Supermicro seem to always fill well-needs with their own respective niches. Supermicro’s latest Hadoop Cluster offering is no exception. An enterprise Hadoop Cluster is the best way ever to harness tremendous high performance computing power. Hadoop Clusters work in tandem by combining the horsepower of several computers to complete the most, compute-intensive challenges around the world. The problem is that all of these computers require energy, space and come at a high cost. Supermicro FatTwin, servers and storage alleviate the sprawl, heat, energy costs and waste of high performance cluster computing by combining several high-performance compute nodes in one, cost-effective, energy-efficient unit. How does Supermicro do it? They do it through the manufacturing of the most innovative, multi-node chassis designs built with the latest, state-of-the-art processors and components.

Hadoop Cluster Servers overview from Supermicro

Supermicro’s latest Hadoop Cluster line-up features 1U Twin, 2U Twin2 and 4U FatTwin chassis which fit up to 2, 4 and 8 Hot-Plug system nodes in each...

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ZFS File System

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ZFS File SystemIf you want to get the most out of today’s storage hardware, the ZFS File System is a technology you are probably already using or thinking about using in the near future. Today’s vast number of storage products in the way of High-RPM spinning hard-drives, Solid State drives, PCI-E Cache drives, etc., give IT Storage administrators a wealth of options to choose from when engineering an efficient, tiered storage solution. The latest, SAS 3...

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Supercomputing 2013

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SuperComputing 2013The Supercomputing 2013 conference is going to be an excellent show this year. Of course, I am biased because the show is in my hometown of Denver. Supercomputing 2013 will be held from November 17th through November 22nd at the newly updated, Colorado Convention Center. There has already been a fair amount of early snow this year in the high country and the ski season should be in full swing by the week of the show.  Denver is not only the prime stopping location for some of the best skiing and winter resorts in the world, but the city has plenty of excitement, attractions and great restaurants nearby. In all honesty, you don’t have to ski or like the mountains to know that Denver is a great location for Supercomputing 2013. Have the conference in Denver is perfect due to its central location. Unfortunately, not everything else leading up to the show this year has been perfect. 

Government Shutdown has Supercomputing 2013 Committee Scrambling to make Amends

There is no bigger or more important sector in High Performance Computing than the government sector...

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OCZ Deneva 2 SSD Drive

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OCZ Deneva 2 SSD DriveThe OCZ Deneva 2 SSD drive further solidifies OCZ’s commitment to  the high-performance, tiered storage industry. I’ve spoken in the past about how badly the IT storage industry yearns for faster, longer life SSD products to add to their tiered storage . The increasing performance demand and runaway growth of storage capacity requirements means that  today’s data centers will accept nothing but the very fastest, most reliable SSD drives as part of their tiered storage architecture...

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Next Generation Servers Feature Ivy Bridge

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Next Generation ServersSupermicro has released a new line-up of Ivy Bridge Servers. These next generation servers are based on the latest, Ivy Bridge, E5-2600 Xeon processors and come with an extensive set of improved performance and capabilities...

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