Microway announces new HPC InfiniBand Cluster Servers
—Navion-4X™ and Navion-8X™ feature new Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors to achieve superior levels of performance and energy efficiency—
Kingston, MA --
Microway announces the Navion-4X ™ and Navion-8X ™ SMP servers -- our most powerful AMD Opteron™ processor-based platform to date. The Navion server line is designed for new two-, four- or eight-way Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors, up to 128 GB memory and eight drives in Microway’s 4U RuggedRack™ chassis. Navion-2M servers feature two complete SMP nodes with InfiniBand and Gigabit Ethernet in a 1U chassis packed into a robustly cooled 1U rack chassis, each node featuring two enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, up to 64 GB DRAM and up to 4 hard drives.. This packaging achieves a density of 672 cores in a standard 42U cabinet. Customers with compute-intensive applications including DSP, CFD and FEA, as well as high-performance database and enterprise-class applications choose Navion for exceptional performance and power/space efficiency.
Additionally, Microway WhisperStation™ ultra-quiet workstation features improved performance with one or two new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and AMD FireStream™ stream processors. All configurations have been “quietized” by employing noise reducing technologies and are available running many flavors of Linux® or Microsoft® Windows® .
Microway's Navion servers and WhisperStations are also available as multi-function SMP storage servers. Navion supports HPC/Enterprise applications while providing up to 96 Terabytes of Storage in one single machine! One 19" Microway CoolRak™ cabinet can provide 384 Terabyte's of storage along with 128 cores of compute power sharing 512 GB's of memory. These machines are all fault tolerant, highly available with redundant power.
Technical innovations of the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are of special importance to data center (cluster) design and designers’ operating cost considerations. AMD’s latest native Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors are built on 45nm process technology, and are packed with core and cache enhancements designed to improve performance of server and workstation applications. They also feature power efficient features such as AMD CoolCore™ technology, designed to turn off portions of the processor logic and memory controller when not in use, helping to reduce processor energy consumption and heat generation. AMD’s Dual Dynamic Power Management™ offers separate power planes for the cores and integrated memory controller for optimal performance and low power consumption, and Independent Dynamic Core Technology is designed to allow each core’s utilization to be separately controlled for better power management for a reduction in power consumption. Enhanced AMD PowerNow!™ technology can help lower the total operational cost of data centers by reducing processor power consumption during non-peak workloads, thereby helping to reduce heat generation and decrease strain on facility cooling systems in order to protect investments in today’s demanding data processing environments.
“The HPC community has some of the most demanding datacenter environments of any industry and requires server solutions that can address the most data and memory-intensive applications while keeping power consumption low,” said John Fruehe, director, Server and Workstation division, AMD (NYSE: AMD). “With the launch of the enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor that dramatically increases performance and memory bandwidth while maintaining thermal compatibility with our previous generation of Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, we are proud to help Microway deliver superior performance, energy-efficiency and scalability to their customers.”
“The AMD Opteron processor is built from the ground up to directly address the demands of the HPC market. Critical features of the processor, like its Direct Connect Architecture and core and cache technology, provide it with a clear advantage over the front side bus-based architecture that has dominated the x86 space for many years. AMD’s latest innovations, including Enhanced AMD PowerNow!(tm) technology and AMD CoolCore™ technology, are designed to help reduce energy consumption and heat dissipation, enabling programs that are not memory-bound to take full advantage of the additional processing power,” commented Stephen Fried, President and CTO, Microway, Inc. “Programs that can dramatically improve in speed include floating point intensive computations, like FFTs, which have high data re-use rates; SMP applications that make frequent calls, including transaction-based business applications; and programs that depend on byte code interpreters like JAVA to carry the work load. The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors have the potential to change the face of high performance computing.”
Microway’s HPC Clusters feature integrated advanced manageability features that have been refined over years of development and hundreds of real-world cluster deployments. Microway Cluster Management System (MCMS™ ) hardware/software management solution featuring NodeWatch™ for remote cluster monitoring and control is available on Navion servers. Well known for its expertise in cooling, Microway’s achieved operating temperatures are consistently lower than industry guidelines. Both the 1U CoolFlow™ chassis and 4U RuggedRack™ feature proprietary Across-the-Board™ enhanced cooling. The RuggedRack includes front access hard disks and Hot-Swap power supplies. This allows the most common system failures to be serviced without powering off the server, or even removing the unit from a cabinet.
As an AMD Platinum Solution Provider, Microway incorporates the newest AMD processors, GPUs and high end graphics cards in its innovative product line, including HPC clusters, servers, WhisperStations and storage servers. Microway will feature storage and computational servers employing new Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors and InfiniBand in its booth 1945 at the SC08 Supercomputing trade show in November.
A complete product description can be found at http://www.microway.com/opteron.html.
About Microway, Inc.
Incorporated in 1982, Microway is a major vendor in the High Performance Computing market, designing state-of-the-art, high-end Linux clusters, servers, and data storage solutions. Users worldwide pushing the limits of technology choose us for solutions. These include universities, life sciences, financial, military, Fortune 500s and research agencies. Microway is an AMD Platinum Partner, Novell Gold Partner and Microsoft Direct OEM for Windows Server HPC License. Classified as a small business, woman owned and operated, Microway's GSA Contract Number is GS-35F-0431N. Trademarks include GigaCube, MCMS, MPI Link-Checker, Navion, NumberSmasher, NodeWatch, and Quadputer. For more information and a subscription to Microway's online technical newsletter, please visit www.microway.com.
Microway, Navion, MPI Link-Checker, NodeWatch, Quadputer, and WhisperStation are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microway, Inc. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Opteron, AMD CoolCore, AMD PowerNow!, Dual Dynamic Power Management, FireStream, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other jurisdictions.