SGI ICE Sets New SPEC MPI2007 Record

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sgi_newSGI announced today that their ICE blade cluster platform set a new record for the SPEC MPI2007 benchmark test.  The SGI ICE 8200EX system utilized in the test had 2,048 cores of Xeon X5560 [2.8Ghz] goodness.  The tests on this machine were over 40 times faster than the runs on the 64-core SPEC reference cluster.

Altix ICE continues to set world records in performance and scalability,” said Christian Tanasescu, vice president of software engineering at SGI. “The standards-based, industry-leading Altix ICE platform is a core component of sustainable, high performance IT infrastructures, offering a variety of interconnect options that enable users to efficiently scale their applications across thousands of processor cores.”

SPEC MPI2007 is designed to provide a fair and objective measurement of processor, memory subsystem, interconnect architecture, compiler, MPI library and file system performance. Version 1.0 of the MPI2007 suite contained a medium data set designed to scale from 4 to 128 processors; the new MPI2007 version 2.0 adds support for a large data set intended to test system scaling to 2,048 processors.

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