Lenovo‘s Cool Fix for HPC Energy Consumption

High performance computing (HPC) and supercomputing haven’t always been closely associated with energy efficiency. In fact, for the first four decades (beginning in the early 1960s) of commercial supercomputing, owners were far more concerned with systems’ computational capabilities than the electrical energy they consumed. That was mainly because of the unique value of custom-built systems like the Cray CDC 6600 (delivered in 1964) which performed highly complex calculations faster than most people could imagine. In addition, the heady price tags of supercomputers limited interest in the systems to any but the deepest-pocketed large enterprises and government labs—organizations that cared more about results than virtually any cost. External events began to change that dynamic beginning in the early 2000s. Those points resonate in Lenovo’s new ThinkSystem SD650, a high-density commercial solution designed to maximize compute performance for HPC workloads and applications while minimizing energy consumption. Let’s take a look at how power issues are impacting HPC and supercomputing, what Lenovo has achieved and how its new ThinkSystem SD650 addresses customers’ energy constraints and concerns. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Will ARM Face a Cold Shoulder in the Data Center?

Over the past couple of years, there has been rising interest in and considerable promotion of servers and appliances based on the ARM microprocessor architecture. At first glance, the narrative makes some sense. ARM’s native performance and energy efficiency, when multiplied across hundreds or thousands of systems, looks effective for supporting certain kinds of workloads common in Web 2.0, social networking and search sites. That is especially the case when ARM silicon is leveraged in concert with innovative fabric technologies, like the Freedom Fabric solutions that AMD acquired when it purchased SeaMicro in 2012. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review....

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Will ARM Face a Cold Shoulder in the Data Center?

Over the past couple of years, there has been rising interest in and considerable promotion of servers and appliances based on the ARM microprocessor architecture. At first glance, the narrative makes some sense. ARM’s native performance and energy efficiency, when multiplied across hundreds or thousands of systems, looks effective for supporting certain kinds of workloads common in Web 2.0, social networking and search sites. That is especially the case when ARM silicon is leveraged in concert with innovative fabric technologies, like the Freedom Fabric solutions that AMD acquired when it purchased SeaMicro in 2012. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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