Dell has extended its PowerEdge C-Series with a new model designed for high-performance computing (HPC), big data and hyper-converged infrastructure deployments, combining Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v3 server chips with up to 72TB of local storage.
The PowerEdge C6320 is the latest addition to Dell's 13th generation PowerEdge server portfolio, which launched following the arrival of Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors last year.
As such, it is the successor to the existing PowerEdge C6220, which combines four independent two-socket servers into a single 2U rack-mount chassis.
With the upgrade to the newer Xeon chips, the PowerEdge C6320 delivers up to twice the performance, and has the right mix of cost-efficient compute and storage for HPC and hyper-converged solutions, according to Dell.
The Xeon E5-2600 v3 supports up to 18 cores per socket, and Dell's new server offers up to 144 cores inside each 2U chassis, with 512GB memory per node and a maximum 72TB of internal storage.
The PowerEdge C6320 also comes with iDRAC8, the latest version of Dell's integrated Dell Remote Access Controller for lifecycle control and management, which was introduced with the PowerEdge 13th generation.
Although just unveiled to the market, the PowerEdge C6320 has already been deployed to build Comet, a new petascale supercomputer operated by the San Diego Supercomputer Centre in California, Dell said. This comprises seven racks of PowerEdge systems for a total of 1,944 nodes or 46,656 cores.
For the most demanding HPC and big data workloads, customers can pair the PowerEdge C6320 with the PowerEdge C4130, Dell said. This is a 1U rack server designed to fit up to four GPU accelerator cards for numeric-intensive workloads.
Additionally, the PowerEdge C6320 is likely to find its way into other Dell hardware solutions, such as for VMware's EVO:RAIL platform, Dell's HPC offerings and the Dell XC Series of converged appliances running on the Nutanix platform.
"As the Dell Engineered Solutions portfolio continues to evolve, the PowerEdge C6320 will play an integral role," said Jim Ganthier, Dell's vice president for engineered solutions and cloud.
"Its flexible modular platform with automated management makes it ideal for appliances such as the Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL, Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances and our HPC offerings.
V3 contacted Dell for information on price and release date but had received no reply at the time of publication.
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