Optimised for technical computing with integrated InfiniBand switch blades
Technical computing firm SGI has introduced its ICE X, the next-generation of ICE scale-out high performance computing (HPC) blade server product line to expand SGI’s ability to deploy multi-petascale supercomputer offerings on a scalable platform.
SGI ICE X includes a design that is optimised for technical computing with integrated InfiniBand switch blades for better throughput, performance and reliability.
The company claims the blade design makes the system easy and affordable to move to petascale computing and beyond with its integrated single- or dual-plane FDR InfiniBand backplane interconnect.
SGI ICE X features new cooling options at the node level; a higher density form factor through unique blade design; supports up to 2,304 processor cores per rack; and Fourteen Data Rate (FDR) 56Gb/second InfiniBand support, including options for single-port, dual-port, and dual single-port Mellanox ConnectX-3 InfiniBand HCA mezzanine cards.
The new system shows the result of 51.3 for the SGI ICE 8400 and includes SGI Performance Suite and SGI Management Suite, in addition to a choice of either SUSE Linux Enterprise Server or Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems.
SGI ICE X design is comprised of two unified blade enclosure pairs per rack, with up to 36 single- or twin-node compute blades per enclosure pair. The two switch blade choices within the enclosure pair are: Standard and Premium.
SGI Engineering senior vice-president Praveen K. Mandal said ICE X represents the next generation of SGI’s market-proven high performance computing platform.
"This is our first fully choreographed engineering cycle for the new SGI with Intel, bringing Intel’s next generation Romley architecture to market. We expect to extend our share in the large-scale cluster market significantly with the new SGI ICE X, as it is designed for scale, speed and density," said Mandal.