Ashlee Vance over at The Register checked in with new HPC vendor SiCortex for a status check on its upcoming hardware release. The news right now is no news: SiCortex is still on schedule for a summer ship, with hardware in user beta test right now.
This is a MIPS-based machine (six core chips), aimed at consuming less power than modern clusters and interconnecting processors at lower latency. A full up 972 node SC5832 clocks in at 5832 GFlops and consumes 18 kilowatts. From the story
By going with low power chips, SiCortex could keep overall energy consumption low while also pushing components closer together, improving internal communications (1 microsecond of MPI latency for SiCortex versus 10 microseconds of MPI latency for standard clusters). And like its x86 counterparts, the SiCortex 5832 runs Linux (modified Gentoo) and the Lustre file system.
Also important? The system has great industrial design.