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Announcing The New SGI® UV™: The Big Brain Computer

Stocks in this article: SGI

SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), the trusted leader in technical computing, today announced the availability of the new SGI® UV™ 2 product family. SGI UV 2 doubles the number of cores (up to 4096 cores) and quadruples the amount of coherent main memory (up to 64 terabytes) from the previous generation, available for in-memory computing in a single-image system. SGI UV 2 can scale to eight petabytes of shared memory and at a peak I/O rate of four terabytes per second (14 PB/hour), it could ingest the entire contents of the U.S. Library of Congress print collection in less than three seconds. This unprecedented capability enables users to find answers to the world’s most difficult problems on a system as easy to administer as a workstation. Built on industry standards and supporting a wide range of storage options, SGI UV 2 offers a complete solution for no-limit computing.

“The new design advancement demonstrated in this next-generation SGI UV platform is not simply focused on increasing our lead in cache-coherent memory size and corresponding core count. We have been able to deliver all of this additional capability while driving down the cost of the system,” said Dr. Eng Lim Goh, chief technology officer, SGI. “In fact, the entry level configuration of SGI UV 2 is 40% less expensive than SGI UV 1. This creates a new level of accessibility to large coherent memory systems for researchers, analysts and the 'missing middle,' providing an effective lower overall TCO alternative to clusters.”

The world’s largest in-memory system for data-intensive problems

SGI UV 2 is the only system available on the market that leverages the power of the newest Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family beyond four sockets and 1.5 terabytes of memory, delivering twice the price/performance of the HP ProLiant DL980 server 1. With as little as 16 cores and 32 gigabytes of memory, SGI UV 2 can start small and seamlessly expand. At the upper end of the spectrum, SGI UV 2 holds the world record benchmark for SPECompL2001, and top 64 socket Intel® Xeon® E5-4600 benchmarks for SPECint_rate_base2006 and SPECfp_rate_base2006 2. With a peak I/O rate of up to four terabytes per second, and coherent shared memory that is up to 1000 times faster than flash memory, all of these features make SGI UV the most powerful in-memory system for all data-intensive problems.

“I am very pleased to be receiving the first SGI UV 2 supercomputer in the world. New observations of our Universe, like the Planck satellite, are offering us exquisite new insights. In order to test our mathematical theories, we need to match this detail in our computer simulations. The flexible new UV 2 COSMOS 3 system, soon to be supercharged with Intel's MIC technology, will ensure that UK researchers remain at the forefront of fundamental and observational cosmology,” said Professor Stephen Hawking.

Focus on solving your problems, not IT problems

SGI UV operates just like a workstation (on one system image any program has access to all the cores and all the memory of the system); it is far less complex to manage than traditional scale-out systems with many nodes, and applications can scale without the complexity of multi-instance software. Because of the huge capacity of SGI UV 2, users can consolidate complete workflows in a single system, with very low IT burden per compute core versus comparable clusters or scale-out systems.

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