Silicon Graphics unveils energy-efficient supercomputer

Silicon Graphics (SGI) has unveiled an energy efficient supercomputer blade system.

Silicon Graphics (SGI) has unveiled an energy efficient supercomputer blade system.

The SGI Altix ICE 8200 is the first in a line of bladed servers purpose-built to handle high-performance computing (HPC) applications and large workloads.

SGI said the solution’s ultra-dense rack architecture delivers up to 40% more computing performance per square foot than competing blades.

A single SGI Altix ICE 8200 rack can be powered by as many as 512 Intel Xeon processor cores, and deliver up to six teraflops in performance.

The new platform’s high compute blade density helps customers overcome more than “server sprawl”.

SGI said Altix ICE features an energy-smart design that can save organisations up to £28,000 in annual energy costs when using a 10 teraflops system.

The University of Exeter has just taken one of the systems, said SGI.

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