Penguin Computing has just announced that AMD's recently launched Opteron 6200 and 4200 server processors based on the Bulldozer architecture are now available in the company's Altus systems and were also used in an early HPC cluster deployed at the University of Delaware.
The Altus servers are available in various configurations containing between one and four AMD
Opteron processors paired with as much as 32 DIMMs in order to provide a maximum of 512GB of system memory.
No matter the Opteron processor chosen, Penguin Computing
has both 1U and 2U rackable Altus servers on offer, the taller units also coming with support for up to eight HDD or SSD storage drives.
The cluster deployed at University of Delaware is comprised of 200 compute servers, mainly Altus 1800i and Altus 1804 machines, interconnected through a QDR InfiniBand fabric.
This configuration enables the system to deliver a theoretical peak performance of 49.3 TFLOPs and has an aggregate memory capacity of 13.5TB.
"IT departments are increasingly under pressure to do more with less,” says Charles Wuischpard, CEO Penguin Computing.
“A server platform that combines the latest AMD performance and efficiency-enhancing technologies with proven Linux expertise and support is what customers such as University of Delaware are looking for.
"This new generation of AMD Opteron processors
offers interesting new features and a great core density. Penguin's customers in the High Performance and Enterprise Computing space will greatly benefit from this new processor architecture," concluded the company's rep.
AMD's newly launched Opteron processors can feature as much as 16 computing cores, an integrated quad channel DDR3 memory controller supporting clock speeds up to 1866MHz and also pack support for the Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) instruction set.