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Ivy Bridge for HPC News Roundup

hatnewsThe Ivy Bridge architecture for servers was the shining star at the Intel Developer Forum this week, and it seems the whole computing ecosystem was in lock-step with their own related announcements. Here’s our insideHPC news roundup.

  • Colfax International announced support for the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family across its entire line-up of ServEdge servers and ProEdge workstations. The new processors feature 50% (up to 12C) more cores, 50% (up to 30MB) more last level cache that combined with new 22nm manufacturing process deliver up to 50% more performance and up to 45% more energy efficiency compared to the previous generation of Intel Xeon processors.
  • Cray announced that the new Intel Xeon processors will be featured across the complete line of Cray XC30 and Cray CS300 products, including both air and liquid cooled models.
  • HP announced Ivy Bridge enhancements to their Z Workstations, but didn’t have much to say about HPC after being booted from the Dow Jones Industrial Average yesterday.
  • IBM rolled out its System x3650 M4 HD, headlining a broad refresh of the entire System x core server portfolio of two-socket systems including System x racks and towers, Flex System, iDataPlex, and BladeCenter offerings. All of these offerings will feature the Ivy Bridge product family, providing performance increases of up to 45 percent.
  • Mellanox announced that Ivy Bridge processors enable up to 30 percent better performance on applications running with the company’s FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solutions.
  • SGI rolled out Ivy Bridge enhancements to its ICE X, Infinite Storage, and Rackable server lines. Check out our RichReport Slidecast for more information.
  • Supermicro is on board as well, with Ivy Bridge architecture advancements in FatTwin, TwinPro and SAS3 12Gb/s solutions. As reported here, their motherboards are also being used to power the new Boston Venom 2401-7T, which may just be the world’s fastest workstation.

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