HPC Cluster Blog – Xeon Phi
posted on February 24, 2014

Xeon Phi, is it right for you? With Intel’s release of the Xeon Phi back in 2012, there has been a lot of interest, and a lot of misunderstanding of what it is and how it works. The Phi can provide a great performance bump for the right application and use case. To understand if […]

HPC Cluster Blog – Cluster Interconnects
posted on February 20, 2014

Cluster interconnects: the three basic configurations While processor speed, memory amount and number of nodes in your cluster are important, another serious consideration for overall cluster performance is the interconnect. The term “interconnect” refers to the cabling and switches used by the nodes to communicate with each other. While necessary for every cluster, it becomes […]

HPC Cluster Blog – ULLtraDIMMs
posted on February 14, 2014

ULLTraDIMMs, super fast storage When companies work together, good things can happen. This is demonstrated by the collaboration of SMART storage and Diablo Technologies to develop a new line of ultra-low latency storage, the ULLtraDIMM. The ULLtraDIMM’s design connects flash storage to the memory bus by placing flash as close as possible to the CPU using […]

HPC Cluster Blog – Oversubscribing Your Network?
posted on February 6, 2014

To oversubscribe your IB network or not: When deploying an high performance computing cluster with more than 36 nodes that has an InfiniBand network, one of the most important considerations (beyond the bandwidth – QDR vs. FDR) is whether to oversubscribe or not. There are valid reasons for both approaches. Our first option is a […]

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