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ORNL Testing Compact “Emu Chick” Memory Server for Big Data

inside-chickToday Emu Technology announced that it has delivered an Emu Chick Memory Server to Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

ORNL intends to study the system for streaming graph analysis applications, sparse multilinear computations, and other memory-intensive problems, as we continue to test the potential of emerging computing technologies to further our mission within the DOE,” said Jeffrey S. Vetter, Director of the Future Technologies Group at ORNL’s Computer Science and Mathematics Division.

As a compact tower implementation of the company’s rack-based Emu1 Memory Server, the EMU Chick uses Migratory Memory-Side Processing, which is processing tightly coupled to a distributed shared memory, without needing buses or caches. For easy deployment, the Emu Chick is capable of operating in an office environment using 120 VAC power.

“The Emu Chick will be a game changer for customers with shrinking IT hardware budgets and a growing dependence on big data and HPC to drive business decisions in real-time, or to achieve engineering and scientific breakthroughs,” says Marty Deneroff, Emu Technology COO.

The Emu Chick is upwardly compatible with the Emu1 Rack system that will be announced early next year. It will serve as an excellent entry-level system and software development platform for HPC big data application developers that want to exploit the full potential of the Emu architecture and a new programming paradigm based on moving computation to where the data resides, not the other way around.

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