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HP Expands High-performance Computing Offering with InfiniBand Solutions from Cisco

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 24, 2007 – HP today announced two agreements with Cisco that target the fast-growing market of high-performance computing with HP hardware and Cisco's InfiniBand solutions.
First, HP will offer Cisco double data rate (DDR) InfiniBand-based Server Fabric Switches (SFS) as part of HP's Unified Cluster Portfolio. Additionally, HP BladeSystem c-Class servers are now supported with Cisco's standards-based InfiniBand host driver software.
The combined offerings accelerate business growth for high-performance computing (HPC) environments by providing high bandwidth, low latency, fabric stability and scalability.
HPC configurations are used for projects requiring millions of calculations running simultaneously, such as financial data analysis, data mining, market data analysis, computational chemistry, database tiers, and computational fluid dynamics. Cluster computing is one of the drivers of the HPC market because of its flexibility and price-performance advantages.
"HP is pleased to add the Cisco double data rate InfiniBand switches to our Unified Cluster Portfolio," said Winston Prather, vice president and general manager, High Performance Computing Division, HP. "The Cisco switches fit well within HP's scalable solutions for high-performance computation, data management and visualization and our continuing focus to deliver innovation, choice and performance for our HPC customers."
The Cisco InfiniBand HPC drivers work with the HP 4X DDR IB Mezzanine Host Channel Adapters (HCAs) within BladeSystem c-Class blade servers. The c-Class systems are then connected with 20 Gbps per line rate InfiniBand uplinks to SFS 7000 series InfiniBand fixed and modular switching chassis, as part of larger InfiniBand HPC clusters. These clusters enable high performance and scalability for message-passing distributed-parallel applications with all the advantages of HP BladeSystem.
InfiniBand DDR host interfaces and fabric switches offer industry-leading bandwidth and

HP Advances Scale-out Computing with Breakthrough Data Center Solution

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 10, 2009 – HP today launched the HP Extreme Scale-Out (ExSO) portfolio designed to deliver a new magnitude of cost and resource savings for businesses involved in Web 2.0, cloud and high-performance computing.
Companies with "scale-out" business models such as these, which operate with thousands of servers, are pushing the limits of current technology solutions. The HP ExSO portfolio, which includes a new lightweight, super-efficient, modular systems architecture and spans data center solutions, services and support, helps these customers reduce costs, improve facility efficiency and dramatically accelerate time to market on a massive scale. The portfolio enables these customers to save more than $152.8 million in reduced capital expenditures and $13.7 million in energy costs.(1)
At the core of the HP ExSO portfolio is the HP ProLiant SL server family, which uses a "skinless" systems architecture that replaces the traditional chassis and rack form factors with an extremely lightweight rail and tray design. As a result, customers can dramatically reduce capital, facilities and shipping costs while using a fraction of the space normally required in a data center. Additionally, its ultra-efficient, modular design enables customers to quickly and easily build solutions that meet extreme scale-out workload requirements.
With the HP ProLiant SL portfolio, customers can cut acquisition costs by 10 percent and power draw by 28 percent, while doubling their compute density.(2)
"Customers with scale-out business models need solutions that make every dollar, watt and square foot in the data center count," said Christine Reischl, senior vice president and general manager, Industry Standard Servers, HP. "The HP ProLiant SL offers pioneering customers like these the most significant design innovation since the blade form factor, allowing them to achieve an economy of scale never before possible."
Purpose-built server infrastructure for extreme scale

Security Considerations in High Performance Computing

"Windows HPC Server 2008 is a cost-effective, high-performance computing (HPC) solution. One of its primary advantages is that Windows HPC Server 2008 can be deployed, managed, and extended using familiar Windows tools and technologies. This also means that the foundation for securing Windows HPC Server 2008 is the same as that for securing Windows Server 2008, and can be executed by taking advantage of resources such as the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide. In addition to the broad guidance offered by the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide, there are elements of security unique to HPC, and the cluster architecture can be a significant contributor to its overall security. Consider the two types of computers in a compute cluster. The head node is the controlling node, which is represented by the server that will perform all security checks and orchestrate the operation of the rest of the compute nodes. The second type of server is the compute node; this is where work is actually performed. The head node can also be a compute node, but this is usually only the case for small clusters of less than 10 nodes…" for more information, check out the rest of the article at: HTH, Tom Thomas W Shinder, M.D., MCSESr. Consultant / Technical Writer Prowess Consulting PROWESS CONSULTING | Microsoft Forefront Security SpecialistEmail: [email protected] MVP – Forefront Edge Security (ISA/TMG/IAG)

Toshiba introduces industry’s first quarter-terabyte 1.8-inch hdd in high-performance configuration for mobile pcs

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 24, 2007 – Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today announced expansion of its market-leading 1.8-inch lineup with the MKxx29GSG series which include three new high-capacity, high-performance Serial ATA HDDs for mobile PC applications, including the industry's first 250GB1 1.8-inch HDD.
Toshiba's third-generation 5,400 RPM SATA 1.8 HDD family also features 120GB and 160GB capacities, along with the fast data transfer rate of the SATA 3.0 Gb/s interface. In addition, the MKxx29GSG series offers a Toshiba's state-of-the-art free fall sensor option, which enhances protection from external shock and vibration events.
This powerful, high-capacity family further broadens Toshiba's full line of 1.8-inch HDDs to meet the diversified storage needs of both PC and CE manufacturers with products suited to the specific capacity, performance and configuration requirements of each application. Building on Toshiba's recent introduction of PATA 1.8-inch HDDs with up to 240GB capacities, this new SATA 1.8-inch HDD series offers the performance characteristics required for computing applications and enables PC manufacturers to further miniaturize notebook designs without sacrificing functionality.
Toshiba's concentration on the 1.8-inch HDD platform and leadership in advanced recording technologies have enabled the company to continually push areal densities to 378.8 Gb/in2 in the new series and deliver storage capacities that were previously available only from larger form factor HDDs, while decreasing the power consumption required by the storage device. The MK2529GSG achieves a low energy consumption efficiency2 of 0.0016 watts-per-GB in. In addition, incorporation of high-performance features such as SATA 3.0 Gb/s and 5,400 RPMs enables 1.8-inch HDD entry into all mobile PCs, delivering the benefits of longer battery life, increased shock tolerance and quieter operation in a field-prove

New NVIDIA Quadro Plex Systems Bring Visual Supercomputing To The Deskside

SIGGRAPH 2008—LOS ANGELES, CA—August 12, 2008—3D models and datasets have become too large for the standard desktop workstation to handle. To help combat the problem, NVIDIA Corporation, the worldwide leader in visual computing technologies, announced today the D Series of NVIDIA Quadro Plex® Visual Computing Systems (VCS) available in deskside or rackmount configurations. Engineered to provide the most robust NVIDIA Quadro® GPU visualization performance to date, the Quadro Plex systems are ideal for the styling and design, geosciences and scientific visualization industries, working with extremely large 3D models, datasets and power walls. The new Quadro Plex series provides performance improvements of up to 100% over previous versions and offers massively parallel processing capabilities using multiple Quadro graphics cards for visualization, large-scale projection and display, or computation with the NVIDIA® CUDA™ Parallel Computing Processor.
The Quadro Plex D2 will be featured in technology demonstrations of real-time NVIDIA GPU-based raytracing, large scale CAD modeling and 4K HD power walls at SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles, August 12-14, 2008 (NVIDIA Booth 554).
The NVIDIA Quadro Plex 2200 D2 VCS, with two Quadro GPUs, 4 dual-link DVI channels, and 8 GB of frame buffer memory, is designed for advanced visualization of extremely large models and datasets, as well as high-performance computing processes. Its partner, the Quadro Plex 2100 D4 VCS with four GPUs, 8 dual-link DVI channels and a 4 GB frame buffer, is optimized for multi-display applications.
A Quadro Plex D series VCS can turn workstations and servers into visual supercomputers. Easily connected to a host workstation via a low-power PCI Express adapter card, the Quadro Plex VCS gives workstations the massively parallel processing capabilities of multiple Quadro graphics cards and features an ultra-quiet design, allowing the system to be deployed deskside. It can also be deployed in a standard 3U, 1

Seagate Powers Next Generation Of Computing With Three New Hard Drives, Including World’s First 1.5-Terabyte Desktop PC And Half-Terabyte Notebook PC Hard Drives

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.-July 10, 2008-Seagate (NYSE:STX) today unveiled the industry's first 1.5-terabyte desktop and half-terabyte notebook hard drives to meet explosive worldwide demand for digital-content storage in home and business environments.
The debut of the Barracuda® 7200.11 1.5TB hard drive, the eleventh generation of Seagate's flagship drive for desktop PCs, marks the single largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives – a half-terabyte increase from the previous highest capacity of 1TB, thanks to the capacity-boosting power of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology.
The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines proven PMR technology, components and expert manufacturing to provide 1.5TB of reliable storage for mainstream desktop computers, workstations, desktop RAID, gaming and high-end PCs, and USB/FireWire/eSATA external storage.
Seagate's new 2.5-inch half-terabyte 5400- and 7200-rpm drives – Momentus® 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 – deliver the best combination of capacity, mobility and durability for mainstream and high-performance notebook computers, external storage solutions, PCs and industrial applications requiring small form factor.
Highlighting the global growth of digital content, Seagate expects to ship its two billionth hard drive within the next five years. Earlier this year Seagate shipped its one billionth hard drive since the company's inception nearly 30 years ago.
"Organizations and consumers of all kinds worldwide continue to create, share and consume digital content at levels never before seen, giving rise to new markets, new applications and demand for desktop and notebook computers with unprecedented storage capacity, performance and reliability," said Michael Wingert, Seagate executive vice president and general manager, Personal Compute Business. "Seagate is committed to powering the next generation of computing today with the planet's fastest, highest-capacity and most reliable

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