Dell DCS unveils its 4th HPC offering in 12 months, and its a beefy one

February 14, 2011

Today Dell Data Center Solutions (DCS) is announcing the PowerEdge C6145, number four in our line of offerings targeted specifically at High Performance Computing.  This AMD-based system, which contains two four-socket servers for a total of 96 cores, ranked as the highest performing x86 2U shared infrastructure server on the market based on SPECfp_rate2006 results. In addition, the PowerEdge C6145 can deliver up to a 534% better price performance at 1/5 the cost and 1/4 of the rack space when compared to HP’s ProLiant DL980 G71.

The HPC beat goes on

When we in DCS launched our PowerEdge C line almost a year ago, our first HPC-focused machine was the Intel-based C6100.   We followed it three months later with our C410x expansion chassis to supercharge it and then, three months after that, we came out with the AMD version of the C6100, the PowerEdge C6105.   Now three months after that system debuted we are unveiling the C6145.  All three servers come in the same 2U package but with differing chips and architectures targeted at different HPC application types.

Check out the video below and let the C6145 architect, John Stuewe take you on a quick tour of this new muscle machine.

Hairy problem solver

The PowerEdge C6145 with its 755FLOPS and up to 1T of memory is specifically geared to solving big problems involving huge and complex data sets in mapping, visualization, simulations and rendering, and solving them faster.  With regards to efficiency, the shared infrastructure design of the system can reduce the number of individual fans by 1/4 compared to traditional 2U systems with less power needed to cool and resulting in higher performance per watt, per dollar.

Super charge it

As if 96 cores packed into 2U wasn’t powerful enough, you can take your workloads “to 11” with the help of the PowerEdge C410x.  The C410x PCIe expansion chassis allows you to double the server to graphics processing unit (GPU) ratio to 1:8 to create a number-crunching uber powerhouse.

Dell DCS has been listening to their HPC customers and rolling out systems to meet their needs, today we’ve announced the latest in our line up, the PowerEdge C6145.

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1 Based on testing by Dell Labs. Dell PowerEdge C6145: SPECfp_rate2006 of 1310 in 2U as compared to HP ProLiant DL980 G7: SPECfp_rate2006 of 1080 in 8U.  SPEC® and the benchmark name SPECfp® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.  Competitive benchmarks stated above reflect results published or submitted to as of Feb 14, 2011.  The comparison presented above is based on the best performing 8-chip x86 servers.  For the latest SPECfp_rate2006 benchmark results, visit Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

Low voltage DIMMs can mean huge savings in Hyperscale environments

January 16, 2011

Dell’s Data Center Solutions (DCS) group focuses on customers operating huge scaled out environments.  Given the number of systems deployed in these environments we are always looking for ways to take energy out of our systems.  A half a watt here, a half a watt there means big energy savings when multiplied across a hyper scale environment and translates into lower costs to our environment and to our customers’ operating budgets.

Recently we have adopted Samsung’s low voltage DIMMs (“Green DDR3”) in our efforts to drive efficiencies.   Take a listen to DCS’s Executive Director of engineering and architecture, Reuben Martinez, in the video below as he walks you through how a seemingly small decrease in DIMM voltage can translate to millions of dollars of savings in hyper scale environments.

Some of the ground Reuben covers:

  • How much energy US data centers consume and how this has grown.
  • What is happening to the cost of energy (hint: its going up:).
  • How our PowerEdge C6105 is designed for power efficiency including utilizing Samsung’s low-voltage memory. (BTW, Samsumg’s Green DDR3’s are also available in our C1100, C2100 and C6100)
  • The amount of power consumed by memory compared to the CPU (you may be surprised)
  • [2:35] The TCO calculation that shows the savings that low voltage DIMMs can provide in a typical data center environment.

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Why cloud provider iland is checking out our new system

September 14, 2010

iland is a provider of cloud computing infrastructure with high-availability data centers specifically designed for cloud computing in Boston, Washington D.C., Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas, and London.  To stay competitive in the cloud infrastructure business, iland needs to gain as much value as possible from every watt of power and every square foot of data center floor space.

One day over lunch they were introduced to the PowerEdge C6105 and were impressed with the product’s density and power efficiency.  One thing led to another and here is iland’s CTO Justin Giardina talking about why they are so interested int the PowerEdge C6105.

Some of the points Justin makes:

  • The primary reasons iland wanted to talk to Dell about the 6105 were density and power draw.
  • iland can stack 20 servers in one cabinet and since each 6105 has 4 servers in it by filling the cabinet with 6105s they can in affect get 80 servers (4X the compute power per cabinet).
  • The system only pulls 3 amps from both power supplies.

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Welcome the uber-dense AMD-based Cloud/ HPC machine

September 13, 2010

The last couple of Dell Data Center Solutions offerings I’ve talked about, Viking and MDC, have been from the custom side of the house.  Both of these solutions are targeted specifically at a few select large customers.

The subject of today’s post however, the PowerEdge C6105 server, is available to anyone running a scaled out environment.  It, alongside the recently available C410X expansion chassis, represent the latest additions to the PowerEdge C line that we launched back in March.

Efficiency is its middle name

Designed to maximize performance per watt per dollar, the C6105 is ideal for energy and budget constrained scale-out environments.  Targets include: Scale-out Web 2.0, hosting, and HPC applications where core count and power efficiency are the priority.

Want a closer look? Click below and product manager Steve Croce will give you a quick overview.

Some of the points Steve touches on:

  • The 6105 is very dense: essentially four servers in a 2U chassis
  • The system leverages “shared infrastructure,” e.g two power supplies for all four servers,  four 2U fans to cool it, etc., which results in weight and power savings and allows for an extremely dense system.
  • The 6105 features the Opteron 4000 series which are focused on power efficiency
  • It holds 12 3.5 inch disks.  Each server gets 3 disks.

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