SuperMicro presented four novelties: the Intel GPU, the Sandy Bridge switch and the Sandy Bridge processor which is coming, and the NBI with 16 cores for 1 CPU.
Gerd Schauss from Samsung expanded on the energy efficiency in memory. The memory power consumption can be very different from system to system. The performance goes up with the energy efficiency. He showed three identical server systems. The first one was a standard system, consuming 103 W. The second one had 40 modules and consumed 62 W. The third one had 6 modules and consumed only 40 W. The differences are based on the component level.
Bull has developed blades for ITER in Japan and for Genci in France. In 2012, a new system will arrive.
Mellanox had reason to celebrate with the introduction of their FDR Infiniband solution consisting of 2 ports and with 1 silicon chip for 36 ports.
IBM showcased the Watson and its use for various applications. The Watson is cooled with hot water, as Klaus Gottschalck explained. The water-cooled blade saves 30% of the energy.
Xyratex is a UK-based company specialized in storage with a high reliability. Their business consists of 25 percent for HPC. They introduced the ClusterStor 3000 solution with 22GB/s/rack with 1 single management interface. Xyratex offers integration and scalability. Its end users are the Universities of Cambridge and Florida.
The tour ended at the NetApp booth which is working with several OEMs. They have a full motion solution for for big-bandwidth applications. The company also developed a solution for CEA with Bull.
And then it was time for Schraeg music and lots of tasty food and drinks.