SGI Announces Hybrid Petaflop Architecture

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SGI announced rough details today about a new hybrid computing platform that will enable 1PF per cabinet performance. Wow. This is some serious performance.

SGI logoWe are excited to announce this radically differentiated server technology platform,” said Dr. Eng Lim Goh, senior vice president and chief technology officer at SGI. “Our innovative technology will enable users to attain new levels of scalability and speed with groundbreaking performance capabilities, culminating in a petaflop in a cabinet.”

According to the release, the design leverages silicon from possibly NVIDIA, ATI and Tilera. It doesn’t go into specifics about which ones and/or what the specifics might look like inside of an SGI system. However, the technologies might be seen inside an SGI by the end of 2010.

SGI shows its R&D strength again,” said Steve Conway, IDC research vice president for high performance computing. “Following closely on the heels of the Altix UV series, SGI has introduced a highly dense, scalable technology designed for strong sustained performance on very demanding HPC applications.”

The press release is very sparse for good technical meat.

For more info, read the full release here.