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Primeur live 2010-05-31

Blog

Primeur Live! from ISC10: 15th anniversary of Live reporting from the supercomputing conference ...

Hardware

Petaflop thunder and multicore lightning at ISC'10 opening ...

TOP500

China’s new Nebulae supercomputer is no. 2, right on the tail of ORNL's Jaguar in newest TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers ...

Company news

Penguin Computing expands its presence in Europe ...

Numascale demonstrates NumaConnect Software Development Kit at ISC10 ...

Tera 100, Europe's most powerful supercomputer, is powered up for the first time ...

T-Platforms announces European expansion with Hannover office ...

Fujitsu supercomputer achieves world record in computational quantum chemistry ...

Supermicro starts integration service in Europe and showcases twin architecture advances at ISC 2010 ...

Mellanox scalable HPC solutions with NVIDIA GPUDirect technology enhance GPU-based HPC performance and efficiency ...

Cray selects LSI storage system for integration with new Cray CX1000 supercomputer ...

AMD Opteron processor again dominates TOP500 ...

Intel unveils new product plans for High-Performance Computing ...

SGI introduces new software products to enhance manageability, scale and performance of SGI hardware ...

SGI announces new Universal class of ICE Cube modular data centre ...

Forschungszentrum Jülich, Intel and ParTec have signed a multi-year agreement to create the ExaCluster Laboratory located on the campus of the Research Center in Jülich, Germany ...

SGI announces new Universal class of ICE Cube modular data centre

26 May 2010 Fremont - SGI has launched a new Universal class of ICE Cube, the company's award-winning modular data centre for extreme server and storage densities. The Universal ICE Cube models are fully optimized to accommodate all SGI server and storage systems, bringing unparalleled compute flexibility and deployment options to a wide range of vertical markets. In addition to models cooled with chilled water, SGI is also announcing an air-cooled design to greatly increase deployment flexibility.

Universal containers open the door for ICE Cube to easily support all SGI server and storage systems, including Altix ICE, Altix UV, Rackable, COPAN and InfiniteStorage lines, in addition to heterogeneous, third-party systems. The company's long-established Dual Row class of ICE Cube has also been enhanced to better support heterogeneous equipment.

"Our new Universal ICE Cube data centers extend SGI's leadership in modular data centre innovation, allowing us to offer our customers greater flexibility in design and deployment", stated Rick Chapek, SGI senior vice president of hardware engineering. "SGI can now offer targeted ICE Cube configurations across vertical markets that span technical computing, federal government and defense, oil and gas, and Internet, meeting customer specific application and deployment needs."

Each ICE Cube is a self-contained data centre in an easily deployable 20' or 40' ISO standard shipping container. The Universal ICE Cube class can scale to 46,080 cores and 29.8 petabytes (PB) of storage, and is available with chilled-water or air-based cooling, as well as roll-in or fixed-rack designs for the utmost in configuration flexibility. The air-cooled Universal model replaces chilled water with filtered outside air for more efficient deployments in cool and dry climates. ICE Cube leads the industry with deployments capable of attaining a Power Utilization Effectiveness (PUE) factor under 1.12.

Two new Dual Row ICE Cube models represent a fresh take on the company's established ICE Cube line, designed to primarily accommodate Rackable half-depth servers and now also supporting two additional rear-accessible, standard-depth cabinets. This empowers customers to deploy Rackable high density servers in conjunction with a wide variety of heterogeneous storage, server and networking equipment.

"It is not surprising that SGI is driving new innovation in the data centre container market given its long experience in delivering ICE Cube to customers", stated Michelle Bailey, research vice president for Enterprise Platforms and Datacenter Trends, IDC. "By deploying advanced cooling technologies and integrating standard-depth racks that can support a wide variety of server and storage solutions, these new ICE Cube designs provide customers with the flexibility that they require to support a diverse set of applications across their data centres."

ICE Cube is available in the following models:

1. Dual Row Containers:

  • IC2012DR: 20' container, up to 12 half-depth racks.
  • IC4024DR: 40' container, up to 24 half-depth racks and vestibule.
  • IC4028DR: 40' container, up to 28 half-depth racks.
  • New IC2010HY: 20' container, up to eight half-depth racks and two roll-in cabinets for standard-depth, heterogeneous equipment.
  • New IC4026HY: 40' container, up to 24 half-depth racks and two roll-in cabinets for standard-depth, heterogeneous equipment.

Dual Row models benefit from lower power consumption by using in-row chilled-water based cooling, replacing the need for server cooling fans. DC power distribution with in-rack UPS maximizes power efficiency.

2. New Universal Containers:

  • IC2008UA: 20' container, up to eight standard-depth cabinets can be rolled in and fastened in place. It features new adiabatic cooling technology that uses only one percent of the water needed for water-cooled containers: a simple garden hose is sufficient. Air-cooling is ideal for combinations of dry and cool climates.
  • IC4019UR: 40' container, up to 19 standard-depth cabinets can be rolled in and fastened in place.

Chilled-water, in-ceiling cooling for standard hot-aisle, cold-aisle environment suitable for practically all rackmount IT equipment.

  • IC4016UP: 40' container, up to 16 x 60U fixed racks with up to 45 kW/rack and in-row, chilled-water cooling. Especially suitable for high-power technical computing configurations, this model reaches the highest code density of any ICE Cube container, supporting up to 46,080 cores of compute power.
  • IC4024UD: 40' container, up to 24 x 49U fixed racks with up to 14.5 kW/rack and in-ceiling, chilled-water cooling. This model reaches the highest storage density of any ICE Cube container, supporting up to 29.8 PB of storage capacity.

All Dual Row ICE Cube models are available immediately. SGI is taking orders for Universal containers with initial ship dates expected in calendar Q3. Pricing is provided upon request.
Source: Rackable Systems

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Primeur live 2010-05-31

Blog

Primeur Live! from ISC10: 15th anniversary of Live reporting from the supercomputing conference ...

Hardware

Petaflop thunder and multicore lightning at ISC'10 opening ...

TOP500

China’s new Nebulae supercomputer is no. 2, right on the tail of ORNL's Jaguar in newest TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers ...

Company news

Penguin Computing expands its presence in Europe ...

Numascale demonstrates NumaConnect Software Development Kit at ISC10 ...

Tera 100, Europe's most powerful supercomputer, is powered up for the first time ...

T-Platforms announces European expansion with Hannover office ...

Fujitsu supercomputer achieves world record in computational quantum chemistry ...

Supermicro starts integration service in Europe and showcases twin architecture advances at ISC 2010 ...

Mellanox scalable HPC solutions with NVIDIA GPUDirect technology enhance GPU-based HPC performance and efficiency ...

Cray selects LSI storage system for integration with new Cray CX1000 supercomputer ...

AMD Opteron processor again dominates TOP500 ...

Intel unveils new product plans for High-Performance Computing ...

SGI introduces new software products to enhance manageability, scale and performance of SGI hardware ...

SGI announces new Universal class of ICE Cube modular data centre ...

Forschungszentrum Jülich, Intel and ParTec have signed a multi-year agreement to create the ExaCluster Laboratory located on the campus of the Research Center in Jülich, Germany ...