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March 31, 2010

SGI Broadens Altix UV Shared Memory Server Line

SGI, a provider of HPC and data center solutions, has announced the availability of Altix UV 10, a new high performance quad-socket server that enhances the range of data-intensive applications addressed by the Altix UV product family.

The Altix UV family consists of three models that enable users to optimally size their systems, achieving the correct balance of compute, memory and storage capability. Altix UV 10 is one of the most capable quad-socket rackmount servers available, whereas Altix UV 100 and Altix UV 1000 are all about scaling a single system image to a maximum of 2048 cores. This is possible due to their innovative NUMAflex, blade-based architecture.

The Altix UV product line (Altix UV 10, 100 and 1000) uniquely exploits the increased performance and scalability of the Intel (News - Alert) Xeon processor 7500 series released by Intel Corporation.

Altix UV 10– In a 4U rackmount form factor, Altix UV 10 packs up to four processors --32 cores, 64 DIMM slots and ten I/O expansion slots. With up to 512GB of shared memory, Altix UV 10 is ideal for a diverse set of technical computing and Enterprise applications. The new 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” hard drives and 10 high-bandwidth I/O expansion slots.

 “The Altix UV shared memory platform will enable business and technical applications to scale and perform at levels never before seen in our industry,” stated Mark J. Barrenechea (News - Alert), SGI CEO. “Altix UV 10 is a key addition to the Altix UV family, allowing customers a cost effective entry to large-memory systems.”

Altix UV 10 meets the needs of a diverse set of data-intensive workloads, such as  analytics and CAE applications such as Ansys (News - Alert) 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 the data-ingest and pre- and post-processing workloads.

In conjunction with Intel’s processor launch, SGI has submitted performance results for Altix UV on the SPEC CPU2006 integer rate benchmark, demonstrating Altix UV as the fastest shared memory system, besting the previous record set by the SGI Altix 4700 platform.

“Altix UV is the industry’s most scalable shared memory system. Addressing a wide range of application needs, Altix UV’s innovative architecture will help achieve real world breakthroughs, and we are proud to have collaborated closely with SGI to make this accomplishment a reality on Intel processor technology,” explains Richard Dracott, general manager of high performance computing at Intel. “With the addition of Altix UV 10, SGI is uniquely well positioned to deliver Intel Xeon processor 7500 series systems to HPC, enterprise and Internet markets.”

Anamika Singh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anamika's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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