Dell launches HPC range to boost research

Dell’s is aiming its new products at the scientific and mathematic markets and cloud computing environments.

The company announced its PowerEdge C6105 rack-mount server, which has up to 48 processor cores in a 2U box. The server, Dell said, can create large clusters to run scientific or maths applications, and can also scale performance in densely packed cloud-computing environments.

According to the company,  the server will run on Advanced Micro DevicesOpteron 4000-series processors, and includes four two-socket motherboards, with each socket accommodating processors with up to six cores.

It’s also designed to include as few components as possible to save space and reduce power consumption.

The company also said that researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are already using Dell HPC solutions to study areas of earth system science, biotechnology and renewable energy.

In addition, Dell also launched its PowerEdge C410x, an external PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis that connects 1-8 host nodes to 1-16 PCIe devices to get results fast, while saving on space, weight and cost. The PowerEdge M610x, is a new blade portfolio, which is said to integrate two x16 PCIe slots in a dense 2-socket blade form factor and the  Tesla C2050 GPU computing processor on the Dell Precision T7500 workstation, transforms it into a ” super computer” for scientific and engineering computing.

The C6105 server will come with either Windows Server 2008, Windows HPC Server, Red Hat Linux 5.5 or Novell Suse Enterprise Linux operating systems. The server will start shipping globally in the next 60 days. The company did not immediately provide pricing.