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Dell Ups its HPC Game with New PowerEdge C-Series

dell_blue_rgbToday Dell announced the PowerEdge C6320 server for HPC and Big Data. With twice the performance of its predecessor on the LINPACK benchmark, the PowerEdge C6320 delivers extreme performance with four compute nodes in a compact, 2U chassis. 

The PowerEdge C6320 features the latest generation of Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and provides up to 18 cores per socket (144 cores per 2U chassis), up to 512GB of DDR4 memory and up to 72TB of flexible local storage.  

Dell PowerEdge C6320 powers Comet

cometComet is a new petascale supercomputer designed to transform advanced scientific computing by expanding access and capacity among traditional as well as research domains. Deployed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, Comet includes 27 racks of PowerEdge C6320 compute nodes and is designed to optimize capacity for modest-scale jobs. Totaling 1,944 nodes or 46,656 cores, Comet provides a five-fold increase in compute capacity versus SDSC’s previous HPC system.

We like to say that Comet provides ‘HPC for the 99 percent’ – essentially it’s about providing high-performance computing to a much larger research community and serving as a gateway to discovery,” said SDSC director Michael Norman, principal investigator for the Comet project. “In order to provide research to a larger community of users, we needed to start with a solid hardware foundation. We chose the Dell PowerEdge C6320s over competitive solutions because of Dell’s reputation in the HPC space, its leading hardware design and innovations, and for its ease of deployment. We’re excited to be working with Dell as we expand access to researchers who have not traditionally relied on supercomputers to help accelerate discovery.”

For the most demanding HPC and big data workloads, customers can pair the PowerEdge C6320 with the accelerator-optimized PowerEdge C4130. As organizations are increasingly turning to GPUs for workload acceleration, the PowerEdge C4130 is a GPU dense and flexible rack server purpose-built to speed the most demanding workloads.

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