Dell offers updated HPC solutions

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Enterprise networking major Dell on Monday announced innovative high performance computing (HPC) solutions.

Jim Ganthier, vice president, Dell Engineered Systems, Cloud and HPC, said: “With Dell HPC Systems, our customers can deploy HPC systems more quickly and cost effectively and accelerate their speed of innovation to deliver both breakthroughs and business results.”

Dell said Dell HPC Systems, a family of HPC and data analytics solutions, combine the flexibility of customized HPC systems with the speed, simplicity and reliability of pre-configured systems. Dell designed the new systems for specific science, manufacturing and analytics workloads with fully tested and validated building block systems.

Dell has instituted a customer early access program for development and testing in preparation for Dell’s next server offering in the HPC solutions, the Dell PowerEdge C6320p server, which will be available in the second half of 2016, with the Intel Xeon Phi processor.

The PowerEdge C6320p unique server engineering and design will enable customers to:

Gain insights faster with a modular building block design, engineered to deliver faster insights for data-intensive computations and scale-up parallel processing.

Accelerate performance in dense and highly parallel HPC environments with 72 cores that are specifically optimized for parallel computing.

Simplify and automate systems management with the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 8 (iDRAC8) with Lifecycle Controller. Customers can deploy, monitor, and update PowerEdge C6320p servers faster and ensure higher levels of service and availability.

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin has joined hands with Dell and Intel to deploy an upgrade to its Stampede supercomputing cluster with Intel Xeon Phi processors and Intel OPA via Dell’s early access program.

Stampede, one of the main clusters for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), is a multi-use, cyberinfrastructure resource offering large memory, large data transfer, and GPU capabilities for data-intensive, accelerated or visualization computing for thousands of projects ranging from cancer cure research to severe weather modeling.

National Science Foundation awarded $30 million to TACC to acquire and deploy Stampede 2 as a national resource to provide HPC capabilities for researchers in the U.S. The new Dell HPC System is expected to deliver a peak performance of up to 18 petaflops, more than twice the system performance of the current Stampede system.

Sensus, a utility technology provider, collects data from 17 million gas, electric and water meter sensors, and uses real-time analytics to define, validate and communicate that data, implemented a data cluster based on Dell PowerEdge R730 and R730xd servers with Hadoop, which has enabled a 10x improvement in investigation response time.

“Before, it might have taken us a week or two to process data because we were doing it manually and pooling it from different systems,” said Mike McGann, vice president of quality at Sensus.

Tapad, a leader in cross-device content delivery, collects, stores and analyzes global consumer data, implemented a warehouse-scale computing model that includes high performance computing from the Dell PowerEdge FX architecture.