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Supermicro New Zealand
Christmas 2011 and New Year 2012 Period
16 December 2011

Over the year we have introduced various technologies and solutions via our monthly newsletters. Our last newsletter of 2011 covers each topic very briefly for our review and/or reference.
  • Intel Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen. Core and Xeon processors): These processors use a 32 nanometer manufacturing process and were released in January 2011. They offered an approximate 17% performance increase clock-for-clock compared to Lynfield processors and around twice the integrated graphics performance compared to Clarkdale.

  • Design / CAD workstations from Compucon: These workstations were newly developed with the latest Sandy Bridge processors and Quadro fermi-based cards to offer an excellent performance/cost ratio for general purpose scientific, engineering or design computing.

  • 2U Twin2 (2U 2-node DP system) and 3U Storage Chassis: The 2U Twin2 system provides 4 hot-pluggable DP nodes in a 2U chassis. It can cost up to 20% less and uses 50% less rack space compared to traditional 1U DP servers while the storage chassis can take up to 28 x 3.5" hot-swappable drives in the space of a 3U.

  • MicroCloud (3U 8-node UP system): The MicroCloud is a 3U system offering 8 x System Nodes and is almost the same as having 8 workgroup single socket Xeon servers in a single 3U chassis.

  • GPU servers (1U or 2U): these offered the ability to install up to 3 and 6 x Double-Width NVIDIA Fermi GPU cards in a 1U or 2U system respectively, both of which offered an unprecedented level of high-density HPC (High Performance Computing) power.

  • 2U Twin3 (2U 8-node Atom system): The 2U Twin3 is unique in that it offers a high density of low-power systems (8) in the space of a 2U rack unit. Each of the 8 nodes utilises an Intel Atom D525 that draws a power consumption of only 13W.

  • 3U Cluster Twin (Cluster-in-a-box for redundancy): The 3U Cluster Twin is a fully redundant & fault tolerant cluster system; there are two of everything to ensure there is no single point of failure in its design.

  • 4-way systems (4-socket servers in 1U, 2U, 4U): 4-way systems support 4 x 10-Core Xeons and up to 512GB of ECC memory in a single system in various form-factors (1U / 2U / 4U / Full Tower).

  • 8-way system (8-socket server in 5U): Supporting the new generation 10-Core Xeon E7-8800 / 4800 processors (codenamed Westmere-EX) is the 5U 8-way server supporting up to 8 x 10-Core Xeons, 2TB of ECC DDR3 memory, ten PCI-E 2.0 expansion slots, and 24 x 2.5" hard drives. This offers bleeding edge CPU processing power in a single system.

  • GPU servers and workstations (Tesla): The latest Tesla M2090 GPU module is the world's fastest parallel computing processor for High Performance Computing (HPC). The basis of building an HPC is provided by our platforms available in 1U, 2U and 4U/Full Tower form factors, each capable of accomodating up to 3, 4 and 4 double-width GPU cards.

  • Intel Sandy Bridge-E: Last month saw the release of the latest Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors for the extreme / high-end enthusiast desktop market. With the new chips comes a new LGA 2011 socket and the supporting Intel X79 chipset, replacing LGA 1366 and the X58 chipset.

Have you found the content relevant and useful? We would very much appreciate your feedback. Let us know what type of information you would like to receive from us and we'll fine-tune our communications in the coming year.

Our office will be closed beginning Thursday, 22 December 2011 and re-open on Monday, 9 January 2012. Happy Holidays!



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