IBM has also added new networking options with IB from Cisco and Voltaire.
SGI’s big announcement is big news for the enterprise
SGI also launched a new product yesterday (in DC, not Dresden), that very much matters for large computing in the enterprise.
ICE is SGI’s second generation blade solution. It’s Xeon-based (set for dual- or quad-cores) and is configured more like a traditional cluster than SGI’s previous offerings; i.e., no shared memory on this one. Where the 4700 is Itanium-based and will live on to aim at the very high end of the market, ICE is aimed at enterprises and departmental solutions where power, cooling, and manageability are drivers.
The system looks really interesting. You can get 512 cores in 128 nodes (on quad-core Xeon chips) in a single rack. A rack is cable-less up to 128 nodes (all the connections are by a passive backplane), which should smooth installation and management.
Nodes are interconnected by on-board DDR InfiniBand configured as a torus; 4x at node, and the switch blades can be configured with either 4x or 12x. Putting the InfiniBand on board should improve reliability, eliminate concerns about PCI saturation, and also saves on power and space in the configuration.
The energy picture is also interesting; one fully populated rack will draw about 45W/core, or about 23KW. The 4700 draws about 65W/core, so this is moving in the right direction.
HP and Microsoft tighten partnership
Today HP and Microsoft are announcing that they’re expanding their relationship. HP is also adding some installation glue and documentation to wrap the whole package up, and both companies are investing in technology centers around the world
As part of the alliance, HP and Microsoft have established technology centers in Houston and Grenoble, France, for customers and independent software vendors. The technology centers provide a venue for benchmarking, testing and validating applications on HP servers based on AMD and Intel processors running Windows CCS.
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TotalView rev adds support needed for enterprise HPC
HPCwire let us know that TotalView has revved their eponymous debugger this week to version 8.2.
TotalView is a source code and memory debugger that helps developers get at problems in data-intensive, multi-process, multi-threaded, or network-distributed applications. Highlights of the new features include support for