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July 26, 2013

Silicon Mechanics to Assemble MetroCubo for Acellera's Simulation Software

Silicon Mechanics has announced its partnership with U.K.-based Acellera to assemble the MetroCubo hardware-software appliance for running Acellera’s ACEMD bio-molecular simulation software.

The company sees this latest partnership as part of its growing expertise in providing appliance design and development services.

Acellera was looking for a partner to help it manufacture a small and well-cooled appliance, built with enterprise hardware, which could easily be installed in a rack in a server room.

David Soriano del Amo, PhD, business development associate at Acellera, said that, as a startup, it was extremely important for his company to keep the costs down.

“Silicon Mechanics has the complementary skills we needed to produce the right hardware, and the partnership is exactly what we need to introduce the new product to the North American market,” he said.

Metrocubo is a compact hardware-software combination that can reach supercomputing performance by exploiting the power of accelerator processors, according to Acellera. The proprietary design of MetroCubo comes preinstalled and tested with ACEMD, offering high efficiency with 4 GPUs per node.

Silicon Mechanics is a provider of rackmount server, storage and high-performance computing solutions.

“The Acellera project is a great example of the company’s ability to help customers design and build a turnkey custom hardware solution, integrate their software, and add custom branding to extend their identity in the market,” said Christopher P. Cherry, sales executive for partner/channel at Silicon Mechanics.

The new MetroCubo will be assembled at Silicon Mechanics’ manufacturing facility in Bothell. It is expected to be shipped directly to customers in the U.S. and Canada. Silicon Mechanics intends to also provide ongoing hardware support.

Earlier this month, Silicon Mechanics supplied its zStax ZFS unified storage appliance, based on the Intel (News - Alert) Xeon processor E5-2600 product family, to eMed Consulting Group.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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