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SGI ICE X, InfiniteStorage Products Support New E5-2600 v2 Chips

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

SGI said on Tuesday that it now supports Intel's newest Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family in the SGI ICE X supercomputer as well as the InfiniteStorage line of products. Intel's new chip will reportedly bring a 37 percent increase in peak performance per rack in the ICE X, and new performance records in the Rackable servers. That means more jobs can be run on the same hardware footprint than previous generations.

"SGI customers across the government, financial services, sciences and research, education and manufacturing industries will benefit from intelligent turbo engagement and an approximate 30 percent reduction in power consumption when leveraging SGI servers incorporated with Intel Turbo Boost," the company said. "The latest generation of Xeon-based servers will also allow for greater workload consolidation and virtualization – including the ability to bring total cost of ownership (TCO) reductions of 66 percent."

The SGI ICE X is available in M-Cell and standard D-rack deployments, and feature 32 Celsius warm water cooling, on-processor cold-sinks and support for multiple Infiniband topologies like All-to-All, Fat Tree, Hypercube and Enhanced Hypercube to optimize for specific workloads. The top commercial system reportedly has peak performance of 2.33 petaFLOPS and a typical 90+ percent processing efficiency. Supported standards include x86, Infiniband, vanilla RedHat and SUSE.

SGI's Modular InfiniteStorage, now offered with Intel's new processor, sports a 19 inch form factor, a high throughput of 6 GB/s per chassis, hot swappable components, redundant components and multiple RAID options. There are also two chassis options: the SGI MIS JBOD with up to 81 3.5 inch drives or 162 2m5 inch 9.5 mm SSDs, and the SGI MIS Server. This latter model features a 2 socket motherboard in a 4U chassis, the Intel processors, up to 72 3.5 inch HDDs or 144 2.5 inch 98.5 mm SSDs.

The company said on Tuesday that the Irish Center for High-End Computing (ICHEC) has already installed ten racks of the SGI ICE X servers with 8,320 cores of the new Xeon E5-2600 v2 processor, a large 1.7 TB UV2000 shared memory system, Intel Xeon Phi processors and Nvidia K20 GPUs. NASA has also added 46 new ICE X racks with the new processor cores into the existing Pleiades system, providing an overall 2.88 petaFLOP peak performance with no user downtime. NASA's new ICE X machine will be used to research 136 new planets.

Intel introduced the Xeon Processor E5-2600 v2 product family (code named "Ivy Bridge-EP") on Tuesday, a new set of processors aimed to redefine the storage, networking and server infrastructure in datacenters. The new family features up to 12 cores that are based on Intel's 22 nanometer processing technology, and promises up to a 451 percent increase in energy efficiency compared to the previous generation.

“We are pleased to support the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 within our SGI Rackable, SGI ICE X and Infinite Storage suite of solutions. This continued commitment to speed, scale and efficiency further establishes our dedication to bring the most innovative solutions to our customers," said Jorge Titinger, president and CEO of SGI.

SGI product models with full support of Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 are available today. For more information about the SGX ICE X and SGI Rackable products, head here.

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