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SGI announces AMD support for Altix ICE supercomputers

SGI has announced immediate support for AMD Opteron 6100 series processors for its Altix ICE 8400, the next generation of the award-winning Altix ICE scale-out high-performance computing (HPC) blade platform.

With AMD Opteron 6100 series processor support, the Altix ICE 8400 is now capable of delivering up to 1,536 processor cores in a single rack, and can seamlessly scale from 32 to 65,536 compute nodes. Additionally, the Altix ICE 8400 now provides up to 14.13 Tflops of compute capability and up to 8.192 Tbytes of memory per rack.

Altix ICE 8400, with its innovative blade design, easily and affordably scales to 65,536 compute nodes with integrated single or dual plane InfiniBand backplane interconnect. Open x86 architecture makes it equally simple to deploy commercial, open source or custom applications on completely unmodified Novell SUSE, Red Hat or CentOS Linux operating systems. 

The SGI Altix ICE 8400 provides real-world scalability and breakthrough performance across a variety of HPC applications, including, but not limited to, CAE and CFD, computational chemistry, molecular modelling, reservoir simulation, seismic imaging, weather forecasting, and defence and intelligence applications. 

‘We look forward to using SGI’s new AMD technology-based ICE system,’ said Professor Edmo Campos with the Ocean Numerical Modelling Laboratory (LABMOM) of the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo (IOUSP). ‘Research proves that the upper layers of the subtropical South Atlantic have become warmer and saltier over the past 50 years, and we need a system that we trust as we conduct important scientific research to enhance our understanding of the causes and impacts of the changes occurring on the regional climate.’

Altix ICE hardware architecture is based on a cabinet-level design comprised of up to four 10U blade enclosures with 16 compute blades per enclosure, plus several options for integrated QDR switches. Altix ICE supports hypercube, enhanced hypercube, all-to-all and fat-tree topologies, enabling Altix ICE deployment to be customised and configured to ensure that it exactly matches end-user requirements.

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