At the SuperComputing conference back in November of 2009, one could find the still-yet-to-be-released Fermi graphics card running in the NVidia booth. At the recent CEBIT conference, SemiAccurate has spotted a system with four Fermi-based Tesla cards, and even has the picture to prove it. To see a picture of it, you will have to click on through the link below. There is just one small catch however:
Should you want to move to greener pastures, SuperMicro has the servers for you. There were 2 and 4 Tesla/Quadro servers featuring that loveable scamp, Fermi. These were genuine 'puppies', meaning they were not functional, just mockups. There are not enough samples to go around to bring working cards, much less six of them, to a trade show. (As a note to Nvidia PR, SuperMicro was honest when asked about the status of the cards on display. It can be done, no one died!)
via SemiAccurate :: Magny-Cours and Quad-Fermi boxes pictured.
Surprised they didn’t get this out in time for SIGGRAPH, but Supermicro has raised the bar by announcing a new workstation that can hold four of NVidia’s Tesla C1060′s in a single towercase.
The new 704GT-TRF SuperWorkstations are based on Intel Xeon 5500 [Nehalem] core processors and support up to four NVIDIA Tesla C1060 GPUs. They also support up to three additional PCI-e add-on cards for additional expansion. In order to keep such a beast fueled, they feature redundant Gold Level [93%+ efficiency] 1400-watt power supplies.
via Supermicro Announces 4TF GPU Computing System | insideHPC.com.
SuperMicro is showing its new hybrid SuperServer systems at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany this week. The Register managed to get some details on the SuperServer 6016GT-TF-TM2, the previously announced half-Tesla/Xeon system that offers 2TeraFlops in a 1U rack.
The motherboard used in this machine is a modified version of the normal Twin board using Intel’s “Nehalem EP” processors and “Tylersburg” chipset since that regular Twin mobo only has one x16 slot for graphics cards or GPU accelerators like the Tesla M1060. When you are a motherboard maker with server aspirations, as Super Micro is, you can crank out a new motherboard pretty much at the snap of the fingers to suit your needs. This particular mobo supports 96 GB of DDR3 main memory and has room for three 3.5-inch disks, an integrated Matrox G200eW graphics card, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The Register also brings up some interesting information such as the fact that two of these new hybrid 1U superservers are almost identical to a combination of their standard 2U Server box and a 2U Tesla. You can get the full lineup of SuperMicro’s GPU-enabled systems here.
via Super Micro stuffs super node into pizza box • The Register.
Earlier today we carried the news that SuperMicro and Nvidia have partnered to bring a 1U 2TeraFlop system to market, with integrated Tesla & CPU onboard. John West at InsideHPC talked to Andy Walsh at NVidia about the details of the system.
The new 1U server packs two S1070-class GPUs, for 2 TFLOPS of GPU goodness, into a single rackmount enclosure with 2 quadcore CPUs. The result is a self-contained building block for large systems. This is the same compute density as the previously announced Tesla Preconfigured Clusters, which interleaved a single 1U NVIDIA box with 4 S1070s (4 TFLOPS) with a 1U CPU server box that serves as the host for the S1070s. That’s 4 TFLOPS in 2U, with cables in between.
The CPU part of the SuperServer today is a dual socket quadcore Nehalem system capable of supporting 96 GB (less than the maximum, but still healthy). NVIDIA and Supermicro are careful to talk about the “enterprise” features of this unit, by which they mean that the unit is IPMI 2.0 compliant so its fits into your management stack, and that it has other features like high efficiency power supplies that make it fit well in large configurations.
via NVIDIA and Supermicro announce 1U supercomputer building block | insideHPC.com.
If you happen to be in Taiwan attending the Computex show this week, then you might wanna stop by the Supermicro booth to see the new “SuperServer 6016T-GF” system which combines the NVidia Tesla and traditional CPU’s into a single 1U rack.
“Our new Tesla GPU-based SuperServer 6016T-GF Series delivers a much higher performance-per-watt and per-rack than any other 1U solution in the market today,” stated Don Clegg, Vice President of Marketing, Supermicro. “This 2-Teraflop SuperServer meets the most demanding enterprise data center requirements for reliability and manageability.”
A great addendum to our What’s the Big Deal with CUDA & GPGPU Anyway? Article. A Tesla traditionally offers 4TFlops of power, but by using half a Tesla & Traditional CPU’s, they’ve got a single enclosed 1U solution.
via NVIDIA And Supermicro Shatter 1U Server Performance Record.
Supermicro is jumping on the GPGPU bandwagon with a new 1U dual-GPU server architecture. They’re calling it the “Supermicro Server Building Block Solution”, and offer a 1U/2GPU, 2U/4GPU, and 4U/4GPU version.
“To address the requirements for this emerging high-performance highly-parallel computing segment Supermicro has developed the world s first truly optimized GPU servers ” said Charles Liang CEO and President of Supermicro. “Advancements such as multiple x16 non-blocking native Gen2 PCI-Express connectivity highly reliable thermal optimization and industry-leading power efficiency establish Supermicro as a global IT hardware leader in architecture performance and green computing. These platforms feature new Gold level 93 efficiency power subsystems and deliver breakthrough performance-per-watt.”
No word yet on who’s supplying the GPU’s (Nvidia or AMD). See the full press release after the break.