May 11th, 2009 2:08 pm
Posted by Ian Miller
Tags: Cluster, cluster resources, Cray, CX1, deskside, GPGPU, ICR, Moab, Nehalem, personal, ScaleMP, SMP, supercomputer, Windows HPC, Xeon
The HPC community is always pushing on the boundaries of what is possible with computing. While overall scalability and the Flop count is one key metric, equally important is the ability to test codes and evaluate new technologies as they arrive to see if a full "data center" deployment is warranted. One of the ways a product like the CX1 (certified Intel Cluster Ready naturally!) can help the community is by being a powerful yet inexpensive test bed for these technologies. Obviously, the CX1 supports the exciting Nehalem Xeon 5500 processors, and that is it’s core underpinning - allowing codes to leverage the performance and memory speed of that technology.
In addition, several other important capabilities can be evaluated cost effectively on the CX1. For example, the Windows HPC Server 2008 platform is seeing strong market acceptance along with the CX1, and the workstation community see this as a natural evolution from the desktop workstation environment. In addition, users can leverage Cluster Resources Moab dual boot capability to host both Linux and Windows workloads on one CX1 system. Customers who want the simplicity and ease of use of an SMP environment can use ScaleMP's vSMP software on the CX1 platform, and of course GPGPU's are also growing in popularity.
Those are just a few ideas of subjects that are exciting and seeing traction in today's HPC market place. The Cray CX1 team look forward to hearing your comments and ideas for other technologies or applications you would like to see on the platform. Feel free to drop a line to CX1info@cray.com with your ideas or if you have any questions.
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