Rackable Systems Powers One Of World’s Largest Supercomputers
Rackable Systems Servers Form Backbone of One of the World’s Largest Publicly Accessible Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor-Based InfiniBand Cluster Deployments; Named to Latest TOP500 List
SC2005, SEATTLE, WA --
Rackable Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: RACK), a leading provider of servers and storage for scale out data center deployments, today announced that its cluster deployment at the AMD Developer Center in Sunnyvale, California achieved a ranking of 323 in the latest TOP500 Supercomputing list, released yesterday. Based on the High-Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark, the TOP500 list highlights the 500 most powerful computer systems in the world.
The AMD Developer Center’s newest and largest cluster, named Emerald, is powered by Rackable Systems’ highly dense, thermally efficient rack-mount Foundation Series C1000 servers. Comprised of 144 nodes, each leveraging two Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Model 275 processors with Direct Connect Architecture and InfiniBand interconnect, the Emerald cluster features the processing power of 576 total cores contained in just two Rackable Systems Foundation Series server cabinets. High density levels are achieved with Rackable Systems’ patented back-to-back server mounting, while the use of DC power technology reduces power consumption and increases reliability.
“Enabling the Developer Center with Rackable Systems DC-powered servers reaffirms our commitment to offering the industry’s best performance-per-watt and provides our developers and partners with a state-of-the-art research cluster,” said Ben Williams, vice president, Commercial Business, AMD (NYSE: AMD). “Our users can now test the next generation of server computing with a major Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor-based InfiniBand cluster, known for its outstanding benchmark results and high reliability.”
As the largest publicly accessible Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor-based InfiniBand cluster in the world, Emerald achieved 2.073 TFlop/s on the HPL benchmark, with peak TFlop/s of 2.5344 for an efficiency of 81.8%. It outperformed larger clusters from leading competitors in The HPC Challenge, sponsored by DARPA, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.
“The supercomputing community looks to the TOP500 list as the benchmark of high performance computing, and we are pleased to be recognized for powering the Emerald cluster,” said Tom Barton, president and CEO of Rackable Systems. “Rackable Systems Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers are ideal for HPC environments, largely for their thermal efficiency and reliability.”
About Rackable Systems
Rackable Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: RACK) is a provider of servers and storage products for scale out data center deployments. The company’s servers are designed to provide benefits in the areas of density, thermal efficiency, serviceability, power distribution and remote management. Founded in 1999 and based in Milpitas, California, Rackable Systems serves Internet, semiconductor design, enterprise software, federal government, entertainment, financial services, HPC, oil and gas exploration and biotechnology customers worldwide.
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