Inside Extreme Scale Tech|Thursday, July 31, 2014
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IBM Forging Bigger Power8 Systems, Adding FPGA Acceleration

IBM Forging Bigger Power8 Systems, Adding FPGA Acceleration

IBM launched its first servers based on the Power8 processors back in April, and the initial machines ...

Shared Memory Clusters: Observations On Capacity And Response Time

Shared Memory Clusters: Observations On Capacity And Response Time

Our marketing friends correctly observe that Shared-Memory Clusters (SMCs) can provide scads of processors and buckets full ...

IBM Systems Biz Stabilizes In Q2

IBM Systems Biz Stabilizes In Q2

The systems business at IBM started to stabilize in the second quarter, with X86 servers and mainframes ...

Oracle Boosts Exadata Database Clusters With Custom Xeon E7s

Oracle Boosts Exadata Database Clusters With Custom Xeon E7s

For some workloads, a big eight-socket server node with a hefty memory footprint is going to support ...

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July 28, 2014(0)
IBM launched its first servers based on the Power8 processors back in April, and the initial machines were aimed at scale-out clusters as well as at customers needing a modest standalone machine with one or two processor sockets to run their workloads. Big Blue was expected to focus initially on these scale-out machines, and was pretty vague about its ... Full article
July 21, 2014(1)
Our marketing friends correctly observe that Shared-Memory Clusters (SMCs) can provide scads of processors and buckets full of memory, all the while with the programming and often performance efficiency benefits of large SMPs. Some may add that SMCs don’t have the relatively harder boundaries for data sharing that network-based distributed-memory clusters do have. From this they can observe that ...
July 17, 2014(0)
The systems business at IBM started to stabilize in the second quarter, with X86 servers and mainframes showing improvements and entry Power Systems machines based on the company’s Power8 processors beginning to ship and a fuller product set expected to roll out before the end of the year. While hardware sales were down in the aggregate, IBM has boosted ...
July 17, 2014(0)
For some workloads, a big eight-socket server node with a hefty memory footprint is going to support a database workload better than four two-socket nodes in a database cluster, which is why Oracle offers two different flavors of its Exadata database machine. The Exadata clusters were updated with Intel’s Xeon E5 v3 processors last November and now they are ...
July 16, 2014(0)
Convey Computer, a maker of hybrid supercomputers based on a mix of X86 processors and field programmable gate array (FPGA) chips, is teaming up with Dell’s Data Center Solutions custom hyperscale server division to bring to market systems that radically accelerate the image processing that is part and parcel of a modern hyperscale application. Neither Convey nor Dell can ...
July 15, 2014(0)
For the past several Xeon E5 processor launch cycles, customers in the cloud and supercomputing spaces get their hands on the chips and put them into production systems well ahead of the actual product launch date. This seems to be happening again with the impending “Haswell” Xeon E5 v3 processors from Intel, which had a big uptick in revenues ...
July 15, 2014(1)
IBM is deadly serious about fostering an open ecosystem around the Power8 processor and its follow-ons, and has taken the next step in advancing its OpenPower cause by open sourcing the microcode that manages the boot sequence on the Power8 chips. This may sound like a small thing, but it has important ramifications for IBM and the OpenPower Foundation ...
July 14, 2014(0)
With over 88,000 employees and £18.2 billion in revenues, BAE Systems is one of the largest defense, aerospace, and security contractors in the world and a major supplier of technology to the governments of the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, and Saudi Arabia. Like other high-tech manufacturers, BAE Systems relies on simulation and modelling software to create its products, ...
July 9, 2014(0)
If the rumors are right, and they usually are on these sorts of things, then IBM is looking to get out of the chip manufacturing business and has been shopping around its two foundries in Vermont and New York. But that does not mean Big Blue wants to get out of doing basic research in chip design and manufacturing. ...
July 9, 2014(0)
In the introduction article in this series, I explained that NUMA topology-based SMP systems with two levels to the memory (DRAM) hierarchy have been around and kicking for quite a few years now. We added a third level to this memory hierarchy when we added Shared-Memory Clustering (SMC). Either way, all memory (DRAM and processor cache) is potentially accessible ...
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