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We build customized, turn-key HPC clusters
Our engineers are always evaluating the newest technology to make our HPC clusters even better. By using our strong vendor relationships and technical expertise, we are able to adapt to the latest hardware and software offerings, often much more quickly than other cluster providers.
When a new processor or architecture is announced, rest assured that we have already tested it and are prepared to ship systems that include this new technology on or close to the launch date.
Extensive testing procedures for plug-and-play readiness
Before we ship a cluster, it spends a minimum of 24 hours running our own powerful stress-testing software, Breakin. This tool thoroughly checks processors, memory, hard drives and temperature and finds any ECC or MCE errors that may occur. If we find any issues during this extensive analysis, we fix them in-house to deliver a stable and fully operational product to you.
A simplified purchasing process to ensure needs are met
We make the purchasing process easy by working with you to determine the best configuration for your needs. Our highly trained and experienced technicians are readily available to answer your questions and ensure that the system you purchase is ideal for your applications.
After ordering, you’ll be able to keep track of the build process online or through a direct connection to your dedicated cluster engineer. Delivery is easy, too, since we ship all clusters pre-assembled into rack cabinets with all nodes, cables and accessories installed and labeled.
Download our HPC Pricing Guide
In order to give you a better feel for the cost of HPC, our team at Advanced Clustering Technologies has compiled a pricing sheet to provide you with a side-by-side comparison of cluster costs with or without Infiniband connections. Our pricing sheet is based on budgets of $150,000, $250,000 and $500,000.
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High performance computing clusters increase computer performance exponentially by sharing the workload. They also pass on a massive cost savings benefit over SMP and MPP-based computers by leveraging the hardware made for consumer and general business usage.
A GPU cluster features nodes that are equipped with GPUs for fast calculations.
A visualization cluster is an HPC cluster with the addition of powerful graphics cards, normally designed to work in sync with each other to tackle high-resolution and real time simulations. Our visualization clusters add high powered 3D accelerated graphics cards to the compute nodes.
A Few HPC Clusters We Have Built
Things to Consider When Buying an HPC Cluster
When purchasing an HPC cluster, the first question that might come to mind is “How powerful are the machines going to be?” While the compute nodes play an important role in the way your machine functions, there are other pieces of a cluster that play an integral part in a top-notch system.
Let’s take a look at all of the pieces that can be integrate into a cluster, physical requirements you need to be consider when purchasing, and more.
Gigabit has never been more affordable. Every Pinnacle Server comes standard with at least one gigabit adapter onboard. Today most switches are wire speed to every port, and many support jumbo frames. Switch configurations come in every size from 4 ports to hundreds. We have found that switches up to 48 ports are extremely affordable and most have uplinks that allow them to expand for additional nodes. To help conserve rack space, switches 48 ports and less come in a convenient 1U form factor.
Depending on your job, gigabit may be the perfect solution. With a standard gigabit switch you can expect 1Gb/sec bi-directionally and 30µs latency. If you require high bandwidth or low latency, a high speed interconnect might be a better solution for your cluster. Ask us about testing your code using on one of our HPC clusters. We have most interconnects on hand for you to test. This will ensure you are getting the best solution for your particular code.
With the growing deployment of multiple, multi-core processors in server and storage systems, overall platform efficiency and CPU and memory utilization depends increasingly on interconnect bandwidth and latency. For optimal performance, platforms with several multi-core processors can require interconnect bandwidth equal to or greater than 100 Gb/s.