27 September 2012
Dell has released the PowerEdge C8000 Series, the industry’s first 4U shared infrastructure solution to allow the mixing and matching of compute, GPU/coprocessors and storage sleds in one chassis. Delivering a mix of resources, while saving on space, energy and refresh rates, the PowerEdge C8000 series enables users to run their data centres at higher operating temperatures and is ideally suited for workloads that require high performance per watt and flexibility in configuration. More compute power is present in less space than traditional 1U servers, with the cores, memory and I/O expansion needed for peak workload performance.
The PowerEdge C8000 shared infrastructure chassis holds up to eight single-wide sleds or four double-wide sleds. Each compute sled is equivalent to a standard server built with a processor, memory, network interface, baseboard management controller, and local hard drive storage. The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is utilising the performance and flexibility benefits of the PowerEdge C8000 series in its new supercomputer ‘Stampede’, which is expected to become a model for supporting petascale-level computational science.
‘TACC’s Stampede infrastructure consists of several thousand PowerEdge C8000 servers with GPUs to help speed scientific discovery,’ said Dan Stanzione, deputy director at TACC. ‘Dell’s infrastructure is invaluable in our mission of supporting data-intensive computing and visualisation in complex computational science and engineering research including weather forecasting, climate modelling, energy exploration and production, drug discovery, new materials design and manufacturing, and more efficient and safer automobiles and airplanes.’