SGI announces AMD support for Altix ICE supercomputer

SGI has announced support for the AMD Opteron 6100 series processors for the SGI Altix ICE 8400 supercomputer.

The collaboration is said to improve performance and efficiency for the next generation of the Altix ICE scale-out high performance computing (HPC) blade platform.

SGI’s Altix ICE systems are used in 35 universities, 30 national and regional labs, and 10 automotive companies. Each sector use the supercomputers for different pieces of research as well as a way to store their results. HPC applications, include CAE and CFD, computational chemistry, molecular modelling, reservoir simulation, seismic imaging, weather forecasting, and defence and intelligence applications. It is said to help scientists and engineers solve some of the world’s most complex computational problems.

However, with AMD’s Opteron 6100 series processor support, the Altix ICE 8400 is now able to deliver up to 1,536 processor cores in a single rack, and can “seamlessly scale” from 32 to 65,536 compute nodes. It is also said to provide up to 14.13 teraflops of compute capability and up to 8.192 terabytes of memory per rack.

“SGI is committed to delivering the fastest and most scalable compute cluster platforms possible with Altix ICE solutions,” said Mark J. Barrenechea, SGI CEO.

Altix ICE 8400, on its own scales to 65,536 compute nodes with integrated single or dual plane InfiniBand backplane interconnect. Open x86 architecture is also said to make it simple to deploy commercial, open source or custom applications on completely unmodified Novell SUSE, Red Hat or CentOS Linux operating systems.