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ScaleMP Announces Availability of Its Aggregation Technology for the Supermicro SuperBlade Platform
ScaleMP, the leading provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, today announced the expansion of its vSMP Foundation Standalone software product line to support the Supermicro SuperBlade server platform. Using its patent-pending virtualization technology, ScaleMP enables the aggregation of up to ten Intel® dual-processor blades to build a high-end shared memory symmetric multiprocessor (SMP). Customers will benefit from 80 Intel Xeon® processing cores and up to 640 GB of memory, providing one of the densest high-end x86 system on the market today.

Solutions based on vSMP Foundation Standalone deliver significantly better performance compared to traditional SMP systems, while remaining comparable in price to managed clusters on a per-socket basis. ScaleMP's vSMP Foundation Standalone aggregation platform provides end customers with:

- Large memory resource with up to 1TB of memory

- Shared memory system coupled with up to 128 cores

- Ease of use and lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for High Performance Computing (HPC) applications by aggregating multiple cluster nodes to a single system

Supermicro is pleased to see the ScaleMP leading-edge virtualization take advantage of the Supermicro SuperBlade, said Alex Hsu, chief sales and marketing officer of Supermicro. Our 10-blade SuperBlade system can scale from 2 to 20 processors (up to 80 cores), and up to 640 GB of RAM in a modular fashion, providing one of the densest high-end x86 systems on the market today in a space- and energy-efficient package, and making this solution very appealing to our customers.

The latest Intel Xeon processor with a 1600 MHz front-side bus provides significant gains in memory bandwidth that benefits a wide range of HPC workloads, said Richard Dracott, general manager, Intel High Performance Computing. "ScaleMPs vSMP Foundation Standalone aggregates all the Intel Xeon processors, memory and I/O resources in the Supermicro Superblade platform to provide a scalable HPC platform.

ScaleMP teamed with Supermicro to deliver a high-end system that breaks new barriers in high-end computing, said Shai Fultheim, Founder and CEO of ScaleMP. This solution is very versatile and can address complex IT requirements from running commercial off-the-shelf HPC applications to homegrown applications that are compute- or memory-intensive, while providing reduced system management and operational complexity through a single image of the operating system.

The innovative SuperBlade from Supermicro touts enhanced system density in a 7U chassis, comes with an integrated InfiniBand switch, and can be housed in a 19 industry-standard rack, reducing the server footprint in the data center. Power, cooling and networking devices are aggregated in the rear of the chassis, which optimizes space and power. The SuperBlade chassis also greatly simplifies the cabling process by aggregating cabling of ten 1U servers, and also reduces troubleshooting issues by presenting fewer physical connections to the servers. Customers investment is protected since each blade module is fully upgradeable to for future CPUs.

Published Monday, June 16, 2008 6:54 PM by David Marshall
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