Dell 4U Modular Server Combines CPU, GPU, Storage
Dell announced the PowerEdge C8000 Series, a new server product aimed at hyperscale applications.
According to the company, it is the only 4U product available at this time that can integrate compute capability, a GPU and co-processor as well as storage options in a single chassis.
Each 4U chassis can be loaded with up to eight and three different types of sleds, the C8220 single-wide CPU sled with up to two Xeon-2600 processors per node, up to 256 GB of memory and a SATA port, the C8220X wide compute/GPU sled, as well as the C8000XD storage sled.
Dell said that the GPU sleds can be equipped with Nvidia's Tesla GPUs (and Xeon Phi when available), while the storage unit supports 2.5-inch as well as 3.5-inch SAS/SATA hard drives and 2.5-inch SSDs. The total maximum capacity is 36 TB per sled and 144 TB per chassis.
The C8000 will be used in the upcoming 10-petaflop supercomputer "Stampede", which is constructed at The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).
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