[CentOS] Motherboards for HPC applications

Jeff Layton laytonjb at att.net
Wed Mar 10 01:10:11 UTC 2010

I work for Dell but I can't talk too much about the units
you are referring to. The launch date is in a couple of
weeks and then I can spill my guts :)

I can't talk about price since, to be honest, I don't really
know pricing (I'm a tech person). But let me give some
general hints. The unit you are speaking about has actually
been selling for a couple of years to larger customers.
There are more units of this in production use right now
than all of Supermicro and HP combined :)  One success
I can mention since it's public is Wolfram's Alpha system
is powered by these units.

What is new with the "launch" is that before you had to
but them in quantities of 500-1,000. Now you can buy
one of them.

So if Dell was doing these 2 years ago, imagine what is
coming next :) 


From: nate <centos at linuxpowered.net>
To: centos at centos.org
Sent: Tue, March 9, 2010 7:37:04 PM
Subject: Re: [CentOS] Motherboards for HPC applications

Pasi Kärkkäinen wrote:

> Wow, pretty cool system. Can you tell about the pricing?

I don't think I can, but it is competitive with Dell and HP
as an example while the innovation put into the cloud rack
is far beyond anything Dell or HP offer to mere mortals.
Closest HP offers is the "SL" series of systems which are
pretty decent, though offer roughly half the density as
SGI for our particular application.


Dell is coming out with something new soon


I've seen them, and honestly aren't all that creative, very
similar to Supermicro Twin. They are decent for CPU and
memory intensive stuff, but not as good for (local) I/O
intensive. They seem pretty proud about these systems though
considering Supermicro has had similar stuff on the market
for quite some time now there isn't much to get excited about

SGI(formerly Rackable) has been pretty aggressive in patenting
their designs, which is probably what lead to vendors like
Supermicro building their "Twin" systems.


Dell has a custom design division which they can probably do
some pretty crazy things but I'm told they have a ~1,500
server minimum to get anything from that group.


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