Here's a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from this week's enterprise HPC news stream as reported at insideHPC.com.
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Sun announces new blades
Sun this week announced its new Sun Blade 600 line. The new blades can be configured with Sun’s own Ultrasparc T1, Intel Xeon, or AMD Opteron processors running Solaris, Windows, or Linux.
The range of supported chips makes Sun’s offering fairly versatile and offers both 4 and 8 core processor options for customers. These blades will form the foundation of Sun's performance offering for both the enterprise and high performance technical computing markets. More in the press release.
Barcelona demo’d at 1.6 GHz, partners question July launch
There was a lot of news following this week’s demonstrations of Barcelona (AMD’s forthcoming quad-core processor) running applications. One of the more interesting stories about what was shown at Computex yesterday comes from DailyTech.
One vendor demonstrated Barcelona to DailyTech running at 1.6GHz. Current AMD Barcelona samples are not scaling too well. AMD partners confirmed the highest running, POST and OS capable, Barcelona processor is 2.0 GHz. AMD previously posted benchmarks of a simulated 2.6 GHz Barcelona…AMD roadmaps show Barcelona-based Opteron processors will launch in July, but the general consensus from partners is the processor isn’t performing well enough for a July launch.
If the partners aren’t sure the product is ready to sell, that puts a pretty big question mark on the horizon for me. A delayed AMD quad-core could really hurt their position in the high end computation market in the short term.