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November 2012





November 2012       




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New product feature: Pinnacle Flex 


Looking for a high-density solution that can still accommodate a GPU? We can do that!


Our Pinnacle Flex solution allows users to mix-and-match server configurations within a 2U enclosure. Options for this enclosure include our standard one-slot Pinnacle compute blade and our newest offering: a two-slot-high node that offers the same dual-processor computing power as the original Pinnacle, but also allows for additional components such as an Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor, an Nvidia Tesla GPU, higher-wattage processors or multiple hard drive configurations.





System features of the Pinnacle Flex include:

  • Space savings: Up to four times the computing power in the same space as a standard 2U server
  • Storage capacity: Supports both high-capacity and high-performance storage
  • Serviceability: Each compute blade is modular, removable and tool-less
  • High availability: Each blade operates independently with no impact on other nodes
  • Manageability: All blades feature on-board IPMI/iKVM management 

We would love to discuss the options available with the new Flex solution and how it can fit your specific needs, so please contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


For a basic overview of this new product, please visit: www.advancedclustering.com/products/pinnacle-flex-system.html.

Intel announces new coprocessor, Nvidia releases new K20 GPU


Our new Pinnacle Flex system, described above, can accommodate either of the two newest products on the market: the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor and the Nvidia Tesla K20 GPU.


At SC12, Intel introduced its Xeon Phi coprocessor, which optimizes highly parallel computing with its many-integrated-core (MIC) architecture. This coprocessor plugs into a PCIe slot and features more than 50 cores, working in tandem with traditional processors to deliver high memory bandwidth and floating point performance.


The Xeon Phi is Intel's first MIC product, and two models will be produced in the first half 2013. The Xeon Phi 5110P, optimized for high density environments, is scheduled to start shipping on January 28. This 1.05GHz model features a peak memory bandwidth of 320GB/s for a double-precision floating point performance of just over one teraflop. 


The Xeon Phi 3100-series coprocessor, designed for highly parallel, compute-bound workloads, will be available by the end of June.


You can view additional details about the Intel Xeon Phi here: www.advancedclustering.com/products/xeon-phi.html.


Recently made available on the market is Nvidia's new Tesla K20 GPU. Unlike the previously released K10, which is designed for single-precision computing, the K20 is optimized for parallel-computing with two new performance-doubling features: Hyper-Q and Dynamic Parallelism.


The Hyper-Q feature allows the GPU to tackle up to 32 message passing interface (MPI) processes simultaneously, as opposed to earlier GPU models that could only handle one MPI process at a time. Dynamic Parallelism allows the GPU to distribute work among its cores rather than sending requests back to the CPU each time subsequent calculations need to be made.


For more information on Nvidia's Tesla K20 GPUs, please visit Nvidia's blog posts:






If you have any questions about these new products and how we can integrate them into systems designed for your needs, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thanks for meeting us at SC12!


Advanced Clustering exhibited at SC12 in Salt Lake City earlier this month, and we wanted to extend our sincere gratitude to all of our customers -- past, present and future -- for stopping by our booth. 


This year, as always, the conference allowed us a great opportunity to show off our products, speak to other attendees and learn about new trends in the industry. Our discussions there will shape the development of our products well into the new year.


If you missed us at SC12, feel free to get in touch with us anytime at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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