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Altix UV 10

15 April 2010

SGI

SGI has launched the Altix UV 10, a high-performance quad-socket server that enhances the range of data-intensive applications addressed by the Altix UV product family. SGI has also submitted world record breaking SPEC benchmark performance results with Altix UV 1000 with Intel Xeon processor 7500 series. The entire Altix UV product line (Altix UV 10, 100 and 1000) exploits the increased performance and scalability of the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series.

Altix UV 10 is a 4U, standard-depth rackmount system with up to 32 processor cores and 512GB of shared memory in 64DIMM slots. The quad-socket model provides particularly high performance for a server in its class when it comes to I/O-bound and memory-bound applications such as in-memory and very large databases. The server supports up to eight hot-swappable 2.5-inch hard drives and 10 high-bandwidth I/O expansion slots.

Altix UV 10 meets the needs of a diverse set of data-intensive workloads. This includes analytics and CAE applications such as Ansys and MSC Nastran, and applications in high-performance computing (HPC) domains such as life sciences and energy. The server's large-memory support also makes it a solid fit for addressing the data-ingest and pre- and post-processing workloads often found in government and enterprise markets. As well, Altix UV 10 is a compelling virtualisation platform for general-purpose enterprise server consolidation.

The Altix UV family is scalable, with 16 to 2,048 cores with architectural provisioning for up to 262,144 cores, while supporting up to 16 terabytes of global shared memory in a single system image (SSI). The system's open x86 architecture uses the latest quad-, six- or eight-core Intel Xeon 7500 series processors, allowing for completely unmodified Novell SUSE or Red Hat Linux operating systems.

In conjunction with Intel's processor launch, SGI has submitted performance results for Altix UV on the SPEC CPU2006 integer rate benchmark, which, according to the company, demonstrates that Altix UV is the world's fastest shared memory system, besting the previous record set by the SGI Altix 4700 platform. The Altix UV 1000 system that was tested consists of 64 sockets (512 cores) of Intel Xeon X5570 processors.

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