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Making Big Ones out of Small Ones, Part 3: The Biggest PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 November 2009 00:00

As we noted in two previous blogs, large shared-memory computing seems to be making a bit of a comeback. The two players we talked about earlier, ScaleMP and 3Leaf, use primarily off-the-shelf servers (with a special ASIC, in 3Leaf’s case) along with Infiniband connections and specialized software to build cache-coherent, shared-everything systems. With this, they can build systems spanning 16 motherboards – which is a pretty damned big system when you factor in the core counts you can get today. SGI is taking a different, and much larger, swing at this with their new UltraViolet Nehalem-based clusters.

'Read More' to see our video interview with SGI...

According to Geoff Noer of SGI, these boxes will scale to 2,048 cores and 16TB of memory with a single operating system instance – unmodified Suse or Redhat Linux. Our buddy Timothy Prickett Morgan wrote about these systems in great detail and did a great job of laying out the rationale behind these boxes and the numbers on their feeds and speeds.

We saw the system in its skins at the SC09 show and had a quick chat with Geoff Noer to get the specifics…

 

 

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