The SGI Newsletter        September 2014

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

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.

HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards

Vote for SGI and our Clients!

SGI is proud to be nominated alongside many of our partners and customers in nine categories for the 2014 HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards. Each year the HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations in the industry. The winners of these prestigious awards are announced live at SC’14 in New Orleans, LA.

This year's nominations include recognition for our customers DownUnder GeoSolutions and Total for Best use of HPC in the Oil and Gas Industry, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and 3M for Best application of "Green Computing" in HPC and Nagoya University for Best Data-Intensive Application/Use for their work on the SGI UV 2000.

We encourage all HPCwire readers to take part in this year's voting. To learn more about SGI’s 2014 nominations, please check out our blog. Vote today!

SGI UV 2000 is the FASTEST, MOST POWERFUL Supercomputer...

Like any proud parent, we can’t help but brag about our babies. We are excited to announce that the SGI® UV™ 2000 became the first single node SMP to exceed 100 GTEPS, as verified by the Graph 500 benchmark test for measuring large data volume processing by supercomputers.

In addition to this new performance world record, the Green Graph 500 test also revealed the SGI UV 2000 to be the commercial supercomputer with the lowest power-consumption figures.

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Enhancing Postal Efficiency
Organizations could improve performance from three to six orders of magnitude by implementing a non-uniform memory access (NUMA) environment with highly affinitized data management and using Intel® processor–based servers, FedCentric MCDBg GPU Accelerators and MCDB technologies, Oracle relational and in-memory databases, a Linux operating system, solid-state drives, embedded application programming interfaces (APIs), and other technologies that bring analytics closer to the processors.
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SGI® InfiniteData™ Cluster (IDC)
IDC is a highly flexible cluster computing platform combining breakthrough server and storage density with extreme, scale-out performance. Designed for High Performance Computing (HPC) spanning Big Data Analytics and moderate technical computing environments, as well as for Private and Public Clouds, InfiniteData Cluster accelerates time to value in data and compute intensive environments with greater efficiency, less complexity, and at a lower cost.
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One of the World's Fastest Commercial Supercomputers
SGI’s ICE X system is the latest generation of the record holding ICE family. This new addition continues the ICE legacy by making it the world’s fastest distributed memory supercomputer for over 5 years running. This performance leadership is proven time and again, not just in the lab, but at customer sites including the largest and fastest pure compute InfiniBand cluster in the world.
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SGI® Rackable Standard-Depth Servers
Their winning combination of the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 family architecture and SGI’s expertise in designing and delivering the most advanced performance computing systems available makes this possible. Rackable servers support up to 1TB of memory per node in an ultra-dense architecture with up to 56 cores per 1U. Add to this support for FDR and QDR InfiniBand, 14-core processors and DDR4 memory, and you have some of the most powerful cluster solutions available.

SGI Opens New German Subsidiary as an SGI Center of Excellence

SGI Center to streamline implementation of projects, reduce costs for customers

SGI has opened a new subsidiary called SGI GmbH that will operate as an SGI Center of Excellence in Heidelberg, Germany as part of a strategic move to more closely support SAP® solution-based initiatives.

The Center, which will start to operate by October 31, 2014 and will be led by SGI Chief Operating Officer, Cassio Conceicao, from the SGI corporate headquarters in Milpitas, CA will support key operations that further the the strategic partnership between SGI and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP). Technical engineering resources will help keep SGI appliances operating SAP solutions up and running 24/7, year round. The Center will also focus on SAP-related business and application expertise to support customers globally, designing new processes and optimizing current operations in the SAP environment.

COSMOS becomes an Intel Parallel Computing Center

Cambridge’s COSMOS supercomputer, the largest shared-memory computer in Europe, has been named by computer giant Intel as one of its Parallel Computing Centers, building on a long-standing collaboration between Intel and the University of Cambridge.

The COSMOS facility, which is located in the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) at the University, is dedicated to research in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics. It was switched on in 2012.

Highlights & Events

Video On Demand CxOTalk with Dr. Goh
CxOTalk brings together prominent executives, authors, and analysts to discuss innovation in enterprise business and technology.
Video On Demand iVEC: Using Supercomputing to find answers in Research, Education & Industrial Communities
iVEC is helping the research, education and industrial communities in Western Australia to find answers to these challenges through their use of SGI technology and their collaborative relationship with SGI and our team of engineers.
October 5-10, 2014 WATOC
Santiago, Chile
October 9-10, 2014 ANSYS Automotive World Congress
Tokyo, Japan
October 27-31, 2014 eResearch Australsia 2014
Melbourne, AU
October 20-24, 2014 SAP d-Code
Las Vegas, NV
November 16-21, 2014
New Orleans, LA