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ScaleMP Drives Up Performance, Simplifies Management

ScaleMP, a leading provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, today announced a new version of its server virtualization for aggregation software platform, vSMP Foundation 3.5. The new release offers expanded hardware support, increased integration for on-demand SMP and improved performance. vSMP Foundation 3.5 breaks performance records as measured by overall system bandwidth and latency, offering more than double the performance for 2-socket systems and four times better performance for 4-socket systems. Additionally, vSMP Foundation 3.5 now integrates with Bright Cluster Manager from Bright Computing.

“The combination of vSMP Foundation and Bright Cluster Manager delivers unprecedented value to customers in need of shared memory computing,” said Matthijs van Leeuwen, CEO of Bright Computing. “Customers can quickly and easily install and manage virtual SMPs from within clusters. With only a few mouse clicks, customers now have the flexibility to enable specific nodes as virtual SMPs within a cluster.”

New features of vSMP Foundation 3.5 include:

  • Improved on-demand capabilities – now available by Bright Cluster Manager. On-demand SMP capability provides customers with the ability to run a single cluster infrastructure and allocate a software-based SMP when needed that meets specific size and configuration requirements. As traditional SMP systems cost three to five times as much per processor compared to clusters, it allows customers to improve overall system price and performance by acquiring a large cluster and provisioning virtual SMPs. Virtual SMP provisioning is also supported with Adaptive Computing’s MOAB and IBM’s XCAT.
  • 4-socket performance – supporting 4-socket systems of all Tier-1 vendors, including Dell R910, HP DL580 G7 and IBM x3850 X5. vSMP Foundation has been optimized specifically for these systems and can now offer four times better performance. Coupled with the capability to support up to four HCAs per system this version offer tremendous scalability using 4-socket systems.
  • Faster cluster performance – MPI offload engine (MOE) enables customers running distributed applications with accelerated performance. While previous versions of vSMP Foundation offered comparable performance to clusters, vSMP Foundation 3.5 provides MPI offloading for certain operations, increasing application’s overall CPU utilization.

“ScaleMP already delivers the world’s largest SMP system using vSMP Foundation technology,” said Shai Fultheim, founder and CEO of ScaleMP. “With more and more customers switching to on-demand SMP, vSMP Foundation 3.5 makes the creation and management of large SMPs even easier – at an incredibly affordable price point.”

Product Availability

vSMP Foundation 3.5 will be available by December 1, 2010. For more information, go to or contact

Published Tuesday, November 09, 2010 11:30 AM by David Marshall
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