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SGI Accelerates Price-Performance/Watt with the Latest AMD Opteron™ 6300 Processor

Industry-leading number of x86 cores per socket power sciences, Cloud and manufacturing applications

FREMONT, Calif. — November 5, 2012 — SGI, the trusted leader in technical computing, is upgrading its Rackable® servers powered by AMD Opteron™ processors with the latest AMD Opteron 6300 series processors. These servers are in use across a broad range of applications, including astrophysics, earth sciences, including climatology and seismology, computer-aided design, and Cloud storage.

The new AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors strike the ultimate balance between performance, scalability and cost effectiveness to help IT organizations lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Performance per watt is up to 37 percent1 higher than the prior generation solutions, which means that datacenters running large-scale software deployments will be able to enjoy the industry's high performance as well as the low TCO. AMD continues to drive HPC performance with the 6300 Series processors using optimizations in compilers and libraries combined with the next-generation core architecture. AMD has delivered industry-leading results with the Opteron 6300 series in key HPC applications such as the molecular dynamics workloads LAMMPs and NAMD¹.

SGI Rackable servers powered by AMD Opteron processors are offered in completely managed solutions built from best of breed components tested and integrated by SGI Engineering. The solutions include SGI Management Center and SGI Performance Suite software for easy administration and performance optimization as well as SGI InfiniteStorage™ NAS and direct-attach storage. SGI Rackable clusters for HPC, Big Data, and Cloud are fully integrated and tested in SGI's manufacturing facility located in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and supported worldwide by SGI. AMD Opteron 6300 series processors are offered in the following configurations:

  • SGI Rackable 2108, a twin-socket, 2U workhorse with a memory and I/O footprint, an ideal virtualization server for Cloud applications, a head node for HPC clusters and a name node, job tracker or application node for Hadoop clusters.
  • SGI Rackable 2112, with 4 twin-socket nodes in a space-saving 2U format, is perfect as a dense compute node for HPC clusters or a data node for Hadoop clusters.
  • SGI Rackable H2106, a quad-socket, 2U server that provides a large memory footprint for Big Data and virtualization workloads.

"AMD Opteron processor solutions provide excellent investment return for customers doing scientific research, Cloud computing and product development," said Bill Mannel, vice president of product marketing at SGI. "The AMD Opteron 6000 Series processors have industry-leading core counts that allow clusters to achieve optimal price-performance and power savings."

eResearch SA (eRSA) is the provider of high-performance computing, data management and storage, research collaboration, and visualization services for researchers in South Australia. eRSA recently commissioned the Tizard machine, named for James Tizard a past director of eRSA who passed away in 2011. The Tizard system is six times more powerful than the previous eRSA supercomputer and includes SGI Rackable servers powered by AMD Opteron as compute nodes. Research conducted on eRSA HPC assets include ocean modeling, chemical and physical properties of metal clusters, optical fiber design, and genetic research into intelligence disabilities and epilepsy.. eResearch SA is a user of the AMD Opteron 6000 series. Dr Paul Coddington, deputy director of eRSA, said, "The Tizard supercomputer will be of immense value to researchers at the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Flinders University and State Government research facilities and groups, providing a much wider range of computing modes and overall power than eRSA's existing supercomputer."

SGI Rackable servers powered by with AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors are shipping by the end of Q4, 2012.

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¹ See the AMD Opteron 6300 series press release issued November 5, 2012 on