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Appro Xtreme-X2

28 February 2008

Appro

Appro has launched its second Xtreme-X Supercomputer offering, the Appro Xtreme-X2 based on dual-socket, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. This supercomputer series represents a next-generation platform based on scalable clusters that brings all of the advantages of the company's expertise in high-performance computing (HPC) to a cost-effective, highly available, scalable, and energy-efficient architecture.

The Appro Xtreme-X2 features a reliable and scalable architecture with 128 nodes/512 Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and 4.5TF of computing power in a single 44U equipment rack.

It provides 4TB of memory, hot-swappable blades, redundant cooling fans, and efficient Power-Factor-Corrected redundant power supplies. Appro’s Xtreme-X2 Supercomputer offers a new Directed Airflow cooling configuration designed to reduce data centre floor space by 30 per cent while maximising power and cooling efficiency.

It also features redundant (Dual Rail) Infiniband connections with low latency Mellanox ConnectX host channel adapters as well as a dual-rail Ethernet management fabric and network switches with all critical components being easily accessible, hot-swappable, and redundant for reliability and serviceability.

For manageability of the system, the Appro Cluster Engine Software; has a carefully layered architecture offering a complete lights-out management solution that comes pre-installed with every system. This software suite offers a web-based management interface that is easy-to-use, making it possible to control the Appro Xtreme-X system from any location. The management modules include Fabric Management, Server Management, Cluster Management and Resource Management. In addition, it supports multiple networking topologies to achieve maximum reliability, performance and high availability to include diskless configuration and network failover.

In addition, Appro offers Professional Services delivering closed-loop solution management, up-front consulting, pre-integration and testing with pre-sales and post-sales support. Appro’s Xtreme-X Services supports Linux operating environments, with configurations that provide exceptional performance across a wide range of HPC applications such as aerospace and automotive engineering simulations, petroleum discovery and production, scientific visualisation, seismic research, weather and environmental sciences research, government research and defence.

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