AMD could use a little good news this week, so I decided for my picture of the week it was time to share a little more information on the new HP supercomputer for data intensive science I first mentioned last week. If you compare closely the picture below with the picture in last week’s blog you will notice this is the same truck shown last week delivering the POD. The picture below is of the POD leaving our Houston factory. OK, pictures are out of order in time sequence, editors prerogative for picture of the week :).
Yes, the HP POD pictured above is actually filled with a new AMD-powered HP supercomputer for data intensive science. It is based on HP’s “scale-out” or “SL” line of systems. While HP has received a lot of press this week around Project Moonshot and the ARM powered Redstone server development platform, I write regularly about our Nvidia GPU powered systems, and of course we are one of Intel’s biggest partners both in HPC and in general, we love AMD too!
This particular system spent more time than most in our Houston factory to allow the customer to do more extensive acceptance testing and system characterization than we usually do before a system leaves the factory. Not only did we run a system-wide Linpack test to enter in the Top500 list, but we also ran an extensive suite of customer benchmarks including the full HPC Challenge (HPCC) benchmark suite. Again, this system was designed and optimized for data intensive science, not purely FLOPS or Linpack, but both HP and the customer wanted to have a complete characterization of the system. In addition, Linpack and HPCC, used in combination with HP’s extensive factory cluster test suite, do a great job of stress-testing the system and helping to ensure there are no marginal parts that made their way past simpler screening tests earlier in the production process.
I’m not going to share too many more details about this particular system until HP-CAST, but with next Thursday’s opening reception now less than one week away, you won’t have to wait long. While many of our SC11 invitation only events have been fully booked, we still have a few seats left at HP-CAST, so register now and be one of the first to hear more about our newest AMD-powered supercomputer for data intensive science.