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Dell's New PowerEdge Servers Utilize Nvidia GPUs

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Nvidia's Tesla GPUs will be featured, for the first time, on two Dell PowerEdge 12th generation rack and tower servers.

Nvidia's Tesla GPUs will be featured, for the first time, on two Dell PowerEdge 12th generation rack and tower servers.

Nvidia has announced that its new Tesla M2090 will be utilized in Dell's PowerEdge T620 tower and PowerEdge R720 rack servers. The new servers combine Intel's new Xeon processor E5-2600 product family with the Tesla M2090 to accelerate a range of scientific applications in fields such as life sciences, engineering, weather and climate, and others. The Tesla M2090 allows the servers to accelerate a range of computationally intensive, industry standard applications, including Mathworks MATLAB (for computational research) and SIMULIA Abaqus (for computer-aided engineering).

The Tesla M2090 features 512 CUDA cores, 665 gigaflops of double precision performance, 1.3 teraflops of single precision performance, 6 GB of GDDR5 memory, ECC memory error protection, and L1 and L2 caches. Tesla GPUs are designed from the ground up for high performance computing, computational science and supercomputing, delivering significantly higher performance than CPU-only systems for a range of scientific and commercial applications.

The PowerEdge T620 supports up to four Nvidia Tesla and/or Nvidia Quadro cards for design and structural analysis applications, including Autodesk 3ds Max and ANSYS Mechanical. In addition, it supports up to 768 GB of DDR3 1600 memory though its 24 DIMM slots, with support for 36 TB of internal storage. The PowerEdge R720 supports up to two Nvidia Tesla GPUs in a small footprint of a server rack. It supports up to 768 GB of DDR3 1600 memory though its 24 DIMM slots, with support for 24 TB of internal storage. Both servers support the following internal storage formats: 2.5-inch PCIe SSD, SAS SSD, SATA SSD, SAS (15K, 10K), nearline SAS (7.2K), SATA (7.2K), 3.5-inch SAS (15K), nearline SAS (7.2K), and SATA (7.2K).

"GPU computing is growing in demand and adoption based on its ability to provide a unique combination of ultra-high performance and energy efficiency," said Virginia Swink, executive director of Dell Server Solutions. "Integrating accelerator technologies in Dell's PowerEdge portfolio opens up new usage models, and extends our ability to deliver more cycles to a broader base of scientific and commercial users."

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