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Cray CX1 Deskside Supercomputer

With a starting price of $25,000, the Cray CX1 is an affordable (as far as supercomputers go), high-performance supercomputer that has been designed for the office, end-user environment. The CX1 runs the new Microsoft HPC 2008 Server operating system, and is engineered to facilitate faster testing, reduce time to market, and power through virtually any highly entensive operation. The system is easy to use, from configuration to setup and installation. Cray’s CX1 also does not require any special power or cooling, making it perfect for the offices, laboratories, and other non-traditional HPC environments. The CX1 runs from the power of a standard wall socket (20amp/110/220v), which enables even end-users to utilize the supercomputing power in a standard work area. The system maintains comfortable noise levels by employing an active noise cancellation system. The CX1 can simply be plugged in, set up and connected to the network, operating just like a typical office computer.

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0 commentsSeptember 25, 2008 at 11:52 amComputer Hardware

Intel Xeon 7460 Six Core Processor

Although most people are looking forward to the Intel Nehalem CPUs, an upgrade that maintains the mPGA604 socket platform is very attractive for many in the server space. Additional cores and performance tweaks can have a significant impact with server operations.

Intel’s Xeon 74xx series processors, formerly known as Dunnington, pack a mighty benefit in just moving up from a quad-core processor to hex-core solution, having six cores on a single die. However, the enormous 12MB to 16MB L3 cache also helps to ensure all six cores can access high performance main memory a lot more effectively. The massive L3 also limits the “cache syncing” traffic required between CPUs, which has been an important bottleneck for prior Intel server platforms.

Boasting a 10% to 20+% performance increase per core, two additional cores per CPU package, and an easy upgrade path that only requires a BIOS update, the newest Xeon 7460 is certainly worth consideration for those that would prefer a simple upgrade for now.

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0 commentsSeptember 23, 2008 at 10:42 pmComputer Hardware

Intel Dual-core Atom Processors

Intel is now shipping a dual-core model of the widely popular Atom netbook processor. The processor is ideally suited for netbooks, meeting both the low cost and low power requirements needed for the netbook market. The new Intel Atom Processor 330 runs at 1.6GHz, offers 1MB of L2 cache, and has an 8W TDP. The processor also utilizes the very affordable DDR2 667 RAM. Intel’s Atom 330 ships as an integrated package, with the Intel 945GC Express chipset. The chipset features the integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950 and Intel High Definition Audio solutions.

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0 commentsSeptember 22, 2008 at 10:37 amComputer Hardware

Super Talent MasterDrive Third Generation SSDs

The Super Talent MasterDrive OX SSD features a new multi-channel SATA-II interface that offers enhanced read and write performance. The 2.5″ drives use multi-level cell (MLC) memory, and provide speeds up to 150MB/s read and 100MB/s write. Available capacities include 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, and prices range from $149 to $419.

The update for the Super Talent single-level cell (SLC) PX series SSDs are available in capacities of 32GB or 64GB, and priced at $499 and $849, respectively. The drives boast 170MB/sec read and 130MB/sec write performance.

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0 commentsSeptember 22, 2008 at 10:21 amComputer Hardware

Elpida 2.5Gbps DDR3 SDRAM

At the time of this writing, Elpida holds the crown for the fastest DDR3 modules at 2.5Gbps. The new memory modules have a specially engineered design that is based on a new copper interconnect process and circuit technology that enables faster speeds and an ultra-low voltage operation of 1.2V – 1.5V while conforming to DDR3 specifications.

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0 commentsSeptember 14, 2008 at 5:06 pmComputer Hardware