SGi this week announced the release of its InfiniteStorage 5000 RAID storage system. With an advanced feature-set and flexible configuration options, SGI hopes to attract mid-market customers. It's also SGI's first storage system to employ 6Gbps SAS technology, the company said.
"As data volumes in the enterprise continue to grow, increased performance, reduced power consumption and system flexibility are of primary concern to customers," said Rick Chapek, SGI senior vice president of hardware engineering. "By utilizing 6 Gb/s SAS technology, SGI InfiniteStorage 5000 brings performance, reliability and a strong feature set normally seen in high-end Fibre Channel systems to an aggressive entry-level price point."
On the performance front, SGI's swank new device pushes up to 4,000MB/s on sustained reads from disk, which is 4x faster than the company's previous generation product. It also boasts 40,000 IOPS random disk reads, or twice as much as before.
The InfiniteStorage 5000 is available now with pricing provided upon request.
SGI on Thursday announced the immediate availability of what it claims is the world's first large-scale, on-demand cloud computing service. Called Cyclone, the service is targeted specifically for dedicated to technical applications, SGI said.
"Cyclone enables an exciting new generation of discovery," said Dr. Michael Levine, co-founder and co-scientific director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). "Large supercomputing centers such as ours will benefit from the ability to scale computing capacity dynamically, on-demand, and experiment with the latest technologies."
For now, SGI has committed Cyclone to supporting a "number of leading applications partners" plus five technical domains, including computation fluid dynamics, finite element analysis, computational chemistry and materials, computations biology, and ontologies.
There are two service models available, one of which is as a Software as a Service (SaaS) and the other in the form of an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) announced on Monday a deal to build the Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing (TPAC) at the University of Tasmania on the eponymous Australian island state. As part of the deal, SGI will build a new x64-Linux cluster codenamed Katabatic for climate research.
"Katabatic supports vital, nationally important research for projects requiring state-of-the-art HPC capabilities, including in ocean, atmosphere, Antarctic ice sheet and climate modeling, computational chemistry, and fluid dynamics," said Dr. Nathan Bindoff, University of Tasmania professor and partnership director, and Nobel Laureate.
The SGI Altix computer cluster offers 64 clustered blade servers with 512 processors, a terabyte of RAM, and up to 2 teraflops of peak compute power, or four times the performance of the legacy system it replaces, SGI said. As for hard drive space, Katabatic offers over 70TB, along with 524TB of mirrored tape storage.
If you've ever dreamed about owning a supercomputer, SGI has your back. During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) that kicked off today and runs until Thursday, SGI introduced what it describes as a "personal supercomputer" called the Octane III. More than just marketing hype, the Octane III comes ready to accommodate up to 80 high-performance cores and just shy of 1TB of memory.
"This new product takes high-performance computing to a new level by combining the immense power and performance capabilities of a high-performance deskside cluster with the portability and usability of a workstation," SGI said in a statement. "The Octane III is uniquely suited for workplace environments and supports a vast range of distributed technical computing applications."
The Octane III will ship with a pre-installed platform with support for several HPC applications, including fluid dynamics, quantum mechanics, molecular dynamics, CAD, and a bunch of other geeky stuff that has nothing to do with running Crysis or gaming in general.
While Intel’s Atom processor is meant for low-power demand machines, such as netbooks, it’s found a new use with a not-so-likely candidate – a supercomputer.
Silicon Graphics (SGI) has started exhibiting a new concept for a supercomputer that could pack almost 10,000 Intel Atom processors into one rack. SGI is planning to name it the Molecule.
The Molecule could reportedly offer the horsepower and memory bandwidth of more than 750 high-end desktop PCs, and consume only half the power. It would also occupy a meager 1.4 percent of the physical space.