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nCore HPC Rolls Out BrownDwarf ARM DSP Supercomputer

We don’t get the chance to announce new players in the HPC space very often, especially from our hometown of Portland. Today newcomers nCore HPC announced the BrownDwarf Y-class supercomputer, a heterogeneous ARM- and DSP-based system designed for green high performance computing.

With its unique parallel computing architecture and a high performance, low latency interconnect, the BrownDwarf is “Y-Class supercomputer” with extremely low power consumption. In a 144 node configuration, BrownDwarf delivers 70 Teraflops of performance at 10kw inside a 42U high rack.

The BrownDwarf Y-Class system is an incredibly important milestone in HPC system development,” said Ian Lintault, managing director of nCore HPC. “Working in close collaboration with TI, IDT and our hardware partner Prodrive, we have successfully established a new class of energy efficient supercomputers designed to fulfill the demands of a wide range of scientific, technical and commercial applications.”

The BrownDwarf Y-Class node leverages multiple Keystone-II and Keystone-I SoC components from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). Each node integrates four ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processors, 24 TMS320C66x digital signal processor (DSP) cores and 26GB of ECC memory.

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