Intel really outdid itself when it released the newest Xeon series CPUs, Xeon E5, so it isn't all that strange to hear about new servers cropping up and using them.
The latest company to do something of the sort is AVADirect, which has four different configuration types ready and waiting: Servers (1U, 2U, and 4U/Pedestal) and workstations (a Graphics Computer Workstation and Tesla HPC Personal Supercomputer).
Nevertheless, people should not be misled by all of this, as there are many systems in the above categories, over 1,000 different combinations of components in fact.
The E5 series of chips includes many quad-core, six-core and eight-core members.
Combined with different motherboards, memory options, storage devices and I/O, this easily leads to the above number.
As a guideline, AVADirect has complete server systems with up to 512 GB of RAM, extensive RAID storage arrays and a multitude of USB 3.0 ports.
A second possibility is to make something more graphics-oriented, with dual-socket motherboards (two Xeon E5 CPUs) and up to 256 GB of RAM, plus four high-end graphics cards in SLI and crossfire.
The NVIDIA Tesla HPC Personal Supercomputer is a sub-type of this machine type.
Intel's Xeon E5 series of processors is a milestone for the Santa Clara, California-based company and the whole world as well.
We've already looked at their various assets, placing particular emphasis on the integration of the I/O in the chip itself
, the ability to encrypt and decrypt data in real-time and the energy efficiency. It is also important to note that data safety is ensured at hardware level, considerably reducing the vulnerability of cloud data to malicious software.
Of course, AVADirect will have more than enough competition, what with NEC
, Dell and many others offering similar products. The data center, cloud computing and supercomputing industries can only flourish from now on.