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SGI Again Captures Performance World Record with Latest Intel® Xeon® Processor

Imperial College London increases performance, efficiency and security of high performance computing services with SGI using the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v3

Milpitas, Ca. — Sept. 8, 2014 — SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management announced availability for the new Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v3 product family across SGI's industry-leading server line for high performance computing. SGI also achieved performance world records for Intel's newest processor, which is SGI's fourth title for new Intel releases. Featured on SGI® ICE™ X, SGI® InfiniteData™ Cluster and SGI Rackable® servers, E5-2600 v3 processors further increase performance, energy efficiency, and security to enable greater innovation and insight for SGI's broad range of customers.

Imperial College London Nearly Doubles Performance
Rated among the world's top universities, Imperial College London required an upgrade to its advanced computing solution for students and researchers to conduct course work and research that depend on complex process modelling and simulation. Having selected SGI ICE X with the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v3, the university is seeing a significant increase in computational power available to Imperial College's scientific research community, enabling much larger and more detailed problems to be simulated and analyzed in fields of computational chemistry, materials science and bioinformatics. Specifically, based on initial testing at Imperial College done by researchers running SPARKLE — a code for the direct numerical simulation of incompressible turbulent flow that has been ported to various supercomputing platforms throughout Europe — users have achieved a near double performance improvement compared to their previous system.

"Imperial College London is at the pinnacle of groundbreaking research and a recognized leader in a number of scientific fields," said Simon Burbidge, HPC manager at Imperial. "The testing of the new SGI system upgrade in our HPC facility has already shown an almost doubled performance when running one of our major scientific research problems. We look forward to seeing the impact across all our academic research fields that make use of HPC."

New World Record Benchmark
"Continuing SGI's performance leadership, we're excited to have attained world record Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) MPI2007 benchmarks for the E5-2600 v3 processor using the world's fastest supercomputer, SGI ICE X. These benchmarks reflect the performance advantage our customers can anticipate using SGI servers with Intel processors in real-world high performance computing environments," said Jorge Titinger, president and CEO, SGI.

"Whether utilized in fluid dynamics research, ocean sciences, or geospatial intelligence, seismic studies or any other high-order computing activity, SGI is proud to partner with Intel in delivering leading-edge solutions for the world's biggest challenges," Titinger added.

"The new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family is designed to deliver the best combination or performance, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness," said Charles Wuischpard, vice president Data Center Group and general manager of Workstations and HPC, Intel. The combination of the new microarchitecture features including new instructions, greater core density, and high speed DDR4 memory support will deliver the performance and efficiency needed for a wide range of HPC applications and enable unprecedented discoveries by research and industry."

Supporting Data
New SPEC MPI2007 world records using the ICE X system with E5-2690 v3 processor include:

  • 80 chips, 960 cores, 800 ranks, SPECmpiM_2007 = 115
  • 256 chips, 3072 cores, 2560 ranks, SPECmpiL_base2007 = 84.9
  • The 2 socket SPECmpiM_base2007 result of 7.83 was the highest published result as of September 8, 2014

The ICE X system with E5-2690 v3 processors holds several best-in-class records:

  • Best-in-class performance for SPEC MPIM2007 at 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64 sockets based on the SPECmpiM_2007 metric
  • Best-in-class performance for SPEC MPIL2007 at 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128 sockets based on the SPECmpiL_base2007 metric

The basis of comparison for the SGI ICE X result with Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3 processors are the SPECmpiM_base2007, SPECmpiM_2007, and SPECmpiL_base2007 metrics at the following chip (socket) count:

2 chips, 24 cores, 24 ranks, SPECmpiM_base2007 =7.83
4 chips, 48 cores, 48 ranks, SPECmpiM_base2007 = 14.9
8 chips, 96 cores, 96 ranks, SPECmpiM_base2007 = 28.3
16 chips, 192 cores, 192 ranks, SPECmpiM_base2007 = 49.5
32 chips, 384 cores, 384 ranks, SPECmpiM_base2007 = 77.6
64 chips, 768 cores, 768 ranks, SPECmpiM_base2007 = 101
8 chips, 96 cores, 96 ranks, SPECmpiL_base2007 = 4.88
16 chips, 192 cores, 192 ranks, SPECmpiL_base2007 = 9.83
32 chips, 384 cores, 384 ranks, SPECmpiL_base2007 = 19.5
64 chips, 768 cores, 768 ranks, SPECmpiL_base2007 = 35.4
128 chips, 1536 cores, 1536 ranks, SPECmpiL_base 2007=61

Standard Performance Evaluation (SPEC)
SPEC and SPEC MPI are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive results are from ( as of September 8, 2014.

SGI ICE X and SGI Rackable server lines with Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v3 are available for order today. InfiniteData Cluster servers with E5-2600 v3 processors will be available for order this fall. For more information, please visit

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