SGI releases Octane III personal supercomputer

by CBR Staff Writer| 21 September 2009

Claims to combine the capabilities of deskside cluster and workstation

SGI has launched its first personal supercomputer Octane III, which it claims to combine power and performance capabilities of a high-performance deskside cluster with the portability and usability of a workstation.

The Octane III is suitable for workplace environments and supports a range of distributed technical computing applications. It measures one-by-two feet and has whisper-quiet operations, low maintenance requirements and supports standard office power outlets, the company claims.

According to SGI, the new Octane III permits up to 80 high-performance cores and nearly 1TB of memory. It is configurable with single- and dual-socket node choices, and offers a selection of performance, storage, graphics, GP-GPU and integrated networking options.

Octane III is available in a variety of configurations including: ten dual-socket, quad-core Intel Xeon processor 5500 series-based nodes; one dual-socket, quad-core Intel Xeon processor 5500 series-based workstation with advanced NVIDIA graphics and/or GP-GPU card support; nineteen single-socket, quad-core Intel Xeon processor 3400 series-based nodes; and nineteen single-socket, dual-core Intel Atom processor-based nodes.

The Octane III ships as a pre-integrated platform with HPC application support for out-of-the-box experience and supports Microsoft HPC Server 2008, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems. Linux configurations include SGI ProPack and ISLE cluster management software.

Mark Barrenechea, president and CEO of SGI, said: Octane III makes supercomputing personal again. Our customers have been asking for office environment products with large core counts that are easy to use and whisper-quiet. Octane III brings all of this to the HPC professional, and enables a new era of personal innovation in strategic science, research, development and visualisation.

Octane III is available with Intel Xeon processor 5500 series or Intel Atom configurations. Its pricing starts at $7995.

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