SGI Unveils Altix® UV, the World's Fastest Supercomputer
SGI® Altix® UV Expands the Definition of Supercomputing With Unmatched Scalability and Performance; On Display at Supercomputing 2009
FREMONT, Calif. — November 16, 2009 — SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), a global leader in HPC and data center solutions, today unveiled Altix UV, expanding the definition of supercomputing. SGI Altix UV is targeted at high-end supercomputing, very large-scale databases and data analytic environments. SGI Altix UV leverages next generation Intel® Xeon® x86 processors to deliver the fastest, most scalable shared memory supercomputer in the world. SGI Altix UV will be on display at Supercomputing 2009 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, November 16-20, 2009, in booth #1721.
"Altix UV is expanding the definition of supercomputing to include HPC applications, very large-scale databases and data analytic environments," said Mark J. Barrenechea, president and CEO of SGI. "Altix UV will allow our customers to think differently and solve problems they never thought solvable."
Scalability and Performance Leadership
SGI makes deployment and management easy by integrating SGI ISLE™ as well as supporting third party and open source tools for performance and management optimization. Using ISLE, customers are able to manage compute environments of outstanding and varied capabilities from a single interface and intelligently schedule applications and operating systems images among the elements.
With its massive memory and I/O headroom, Altix UV will generate and manage huge amounts of data. This data can be seamlessly archived and retrieved on the SGI® InfiniteStorage family of RAID, EBOD, SAN and NAS hardware products via the Total Control Suite, which includes DMF, CXFS™ and LiveSAN™. Altix UV's system expansion capabilities also allow it to support the latest graphics and GPU cards.
"Altix UV is a significant step forward for global shared memory, open architecture systems and is designed to provide compelling advantages in efficiently scaling up performance, especially for applications that are communications-intensive, I/O bound or memory bound," said Earl Joseph, IDC program vice president for high performance computing. "Altix UV's many-core system development is impressive, even among SSI platforms, and will address a broad range of next generation HPC application requirements that exceed current scaling boundaries. Like its formidable SGI Altix predecessors, Altix UV is designed to be a supercomputing powerhouse."
Altix UV is ideal for a full spectrum of HPC environments. Equally capable of running shared memory and distributed memory applications, Altix UV offers particularly high performance when it comes to I/O-bound and memory-bound applications such as in-memory and very large databases.
"In delivering Altix UV, SGI fulfills its long-term commitment to drive innovation that moves forward the boundaries of performance," said Richard Dracott, general manager of high performance computing at Intel. "Altix UV will meaningfully transform high performance computing by drawing on large memory capacity, high core count and scalability of our new forthcoming Nehalem EX processors."
Broad Industry Attention
"As a leading computing institution with the world's first academic petaflop, the University of Tennessee is challenged with the task of solving some of the nation's largest data understanding and visualization issues with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF)," said Sean Ahern, director of the Center for Remote Data Analysis and Visualization. "Our recently ordered Altix UV system promises to significantly enhance the capabilities of the NSF to 'see and understand' large volumes of data produced on the NSF's TeraGrid, thanks to Altix UV's unique shared memory architecture."
Altix UV Is Available In Two Models
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