Infrastructure 

HP packs quad core chips into ProLiants, BladeSystem lines 

HP introduced server and workstation systems designed to maintain power efficiency while meeting the needs of high-throughput, data-intensive applications.

The platforms, based on the Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 series processors, include HP ProLiant servers, HP BladeSystem server blades and HP Workstations. HP also introduced the HP ProLiant DL320s server designed specifically for data-rich applications. 

The servers available with Intel Xeon 5300 series processors will include the HP ProLiant ML150 G3, ML350 G5 and ML370 G5 tower-based servers, the DL140 G3, DL360 G5 and DL380 G5 rack-mount servers and the BL20p G4, BL460c and BL480c server blades.

The HP ProLiant DL320s server, meanwhile, is a system designed for scale-out and media-rich computing environments. Fitting into existing data centre infrastructures within a 2U form factor, the ProLiant D320s is built with the Intel Xeon 3000 series processor and offers up to 8GB RAM. In addition, the 12-bay standard hot-plug 3.5-inch drives provide up to 9TB of storage, supporting both high-performance serial attached SCSI (SAS) and high-capacity SATA drives. Two standard PCI-Express expansion slots allow the ProLiant DL320s to connect to storage networks and be managed from anywhere via HP’s Integrated Lights-Out management tool. 

Workstations available with Intel Xeon 5300 processors will include the HP xw6400 and xw8400 Workstations. The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processors will be offered on the HP xw4400 Workstation. 

AMD launches processor for HPC markets

AMD introduced a dedicated stream processor designed to meet the specific hardware demands of high-performance computing (HPC) applications.  Engineered specifically for compute-only systems such as workstations and servers, the AMD Stream Processor makes use of AMD’s thin hardware interface called CTM to drive performance gains in areas such as financial analysis, seismic migration analysis, and life sciences research, among others.

Using professional-grade technology derived from AMD’s Graphics Product Group, the AMD Stream Processor is a PCI Express-based add-in board designed with higher memory densities than any consumer graphics card – a full 1 GB of GDDR3 memory for stream computing applications.

The processor also features HPC-optimized memory performance designed to best handle unique stream computing problem sets.  The AMD Stream Processor also includes broad operating system support for server implementations; full-service, enterprise-class technical support; and a limited three-year warranty.  The AMD Stream Processor is available now from distributors.

Storage  

Adaptec adds to Serial ATA line

Adaptec Inc. announced the Adaptec Serial ATA 1220SA and 1430SA – two HostRAID controllers that support Intel’s latest PCIe interconnect and are designed to deliver cost-effective RAID data protection for desktops, workstations and entry-level servers.

With advanced mirroring capabilities, the Adaptec Serial ATA 1220SA and 1430SA feature integrated RAID software technology that provides RAID levels 0, 1 and 10 for protection against data loss or corruption. The products utilize the Adaptec Storage Manager, a next-generation storage management software that runs on all Adaptec controllers for optimizing RAID data volumes, disk utilization, provisioning, diagnostics and storage expansion. They include 48-bit LGA support for large capacity SATA drives exceeding 137GB for expanded storage capabilities. Support for removable media including SATA tape drives that allow companies to back-up data for long term storage os also included.

The Adaptec Serial ATA 1220SA and 1430SA are currently shipping and available through distribution partners and resellers.  Pricing is $US75 for the 1220SA and US$125 for the 1430SA.     

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