Intel swings back at AMD, the 3 most important announcements from ISC, and more

In this enterprise HPC news summary Intel announces a bump to its quad-core aimed at AMD's Barcelona launch, the three most important announcements from ISC last week, and Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz on why his company thinks it can make money in HPC.

Here’s a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from the recent enterprise HPC news stream as reported at

Intel set to release revved quad-core

Recall that last week AMD finally announced a firm ship for Barcelona, it’s quad-core offering, but also shared the news that it would be at a slower clock rate, just 2.0 GHz for the performance bin.

The Register reported on Friday that Intel announced will rev its four-core Xeon (Clovertown) August to make sure AMD stays in its place (second, that is)

Chipzilla also in August will release a low voltage version of its four-core Xeon code-named Clovertown that runs at 2.0GHz, while consuming just 50W max power. By contrast, AMD’s upcoming standard edition Opteron will eat up 95W, while the low power chip will eat up 68W. Intel’s new 2.0GHz chip will also boast a 1333MHz front side bus, up from today’s 1066MHz FSBs, according to our sources.

Intel currently ships a 50W version of Clovertown running at 1.86GHz, although most of the parts consume 80W.

Tabor Research: 3 announcements from ISC that matter most

With the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany, wrapped up now Addison Snell over at Tabor Research (a leading HPC market analysis company) surveys the week’s announcements and pulls out the three he thinks are most relevant:

  • NVIDIA’s Tesla dekstop supercomputer
  • Intel’s Cluster Ready cluster certification program
  • Panasas’ decision to support pNFS

(That last one was technically announced before the conference.). All three of Snell’s trends relate to a common theme: the democratization of supercomputing driven by the mass demand from the enterprise HPC segment for products that don’t take an army of specialists to design, deploy, and maintain.

CEO on Sun’s enterprise HPC strategy

Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz blogs about Sun’s HPC strategy and why exactly it is that Sun thinks it can make money with HPC

The academic supercomputing community (there’s that word again) sets the pace for enterprise computing across the world – which has grabbed on to HPC for an array of real world challenges, from virus, disease, and drug discovery, to customer purchase pattern analytics, capital markets trading, energy discovery, dynamic resource management - you name it, it’s one of the fastest growing segments in the marketplace. Proving that what starts in academia, ends up on main street.

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