Dell brings supercomputing power to mainstream enterprises

Dell HPC Systems aim to simplify configuration, accelerate both deployments and time to results with fully tested and validated systems

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Dell brings supercomputing power to mainstream enterprises Dell unveiled the availability of the Dell HPC systems portfolio, where data analytics solutions that combine flexibility of customised HPC systems with the speed, simplicity and reliability of pre-configured systems (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 26, 2016

Dell has announced advancements to its high-performance computing (HPC) portfolio, which includes the availability of new Dell HPC systems, early access to innovative HPC technologies, partner collaborations and customer implementations.

Dell unveiled the availability of the Dell HPC systems portfolio, where data analytics solutions that combine flexibility of customised HPC systems with the speed, simplicity and reliability of pre-configured systems. Dell engineers and domain experts designed and tuned the new systems for specific science, manufacturing and analytics workloads with fully tested and validated building block systems, backed by a single point of hardware support and additional service options across the solution lifecycle.

"While traditional HPC has been critical to research programs that enable scientific and societal advancement, Dell is mainstreaming these capabilities to support enterprises of all sizes as they seek a competitive advantage in an ever increasing digital world," said Jim Ganthier, vice president and general manager, Dell Engineered Systems, Cloud and HPC.

"As a clear leader in HPC, Dell now offers customers highly flexible, precision built HPC systems for multiple vertical industries based upon years of experience powering the world's most advanced academic and research institutions. With Dell HPC Systems, our customers can deploy HPC systems more quickly and cost effectively and accelerate their speed of innovation to deliver both breakthroughs and business results."

Dell has also instituted a customer early access program for early development and testing in preparation for Dell's next server offering in the HPC solutions portfolio, the Dell PowerEdge C6320p server, which will be available in the second half of 2016, with the Intel Xeon Phi processor (formerly code-named Knights Landing).

The Texas Advanced Computing Centre (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin has partnered with Dell and Intel to deploy an upgrade to its Stampede supercomputing cluster with Intel Xeon Phi processors and Intel OPA via Dell's early access program. Stampede is a multi-use, cyberinfrastructure resource offering large memory, large data transfer, and GPU capabilities for data-intensive, accelerated or visualisation computing for thousands of projects ranging from cancer cure research to severe weather modelling.

Furthermore the National Science Foundation awarded $30m to TACC to acquire and deploy Stampede 2 as a strategic national resource to provide HPC capabilities for thousands of researchers in the U.S. The new Dell HPC system is expected to deliver a peak performance of up to 18 petaflops, more than twice the system performance of the current Stampede system. Since its inception, Stampede has ranked in the top 10 most powerful supercomputers in the world, according to the November 2015 Top500 rankings.

Additionally, Dell continues to bring HPC capabilities to mainstream enterprises through a series of evolving solutions and services designed to deliver a range of HPC as a Service capabilities, giving HPC sites a choice of local or remote management services with deployment on-premise, off-premise or a hybrid of the two.

At ISC16, Dell will highlight a proof-of-concept with Cycle Computing, demonstrating the orchestration and management of Dell clusters, in a hybrid model sharing on-premise and public cloud resources, enabling customers to most efficiently utilise their on-premise systems while seamlessly providing access to the vast resources of the public cloud.

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