Dell has unveiled updates to the firm's high-performance computing (HPC) portfolio that include pre-configured systems designed to simplify procurement for customers in key target industries, as well as early access to solutions based on Intel's latest-generation Xeon Phi platform.
The updated Dell HPC Systems portfolio was announced today with global availability, and is intended to make HPC more mainstream and bring such capabilities to a broader range of enterprise customers.
The update delivers a handful of pre-configured systems designed and tuned by Dell engineers for specific industries, initially comprising the Dell HPC System for Life Sciences, Dell HPC System for Manufacturing and Dell HPC System for Research.
These have been designed to enable organisations quickly to select and deploy HPC infrastructure at scale, thanks to simplified configurations and ordering processes.
"As a clear leader in HPC, Dell now offers customers highly flexible, precision built HPC systems for multiple vertical industries based on years of experience powering the world's most advanced academic and research institutions," said Jim Ganthier, Dell's head of engineered systems.
"With Dell HPC Systems, our customers can deploy HPC systems more quickly and cost effectively and accelerate their speed of innovation to deliver breakthroughs and business results."
These solutions are based on the latest Intel Xeon processor families, along with Intel's Omni-Path fabric interconnect and software components including Dell's HPC Lustre Storage and HPC NFS Storage.
However, Dell is also preparing to provide server nodes based on the newly announced latest Xeon Phi processor chips from Intel, also known as Knights Landing. This will be delivered in the second half of 2016 in the shape of the Dell PowerEdge C6320p server, currently available via a customer early access programme.
The PowerEdge C6320p will enable customers to fit four Xeon Phi nodes into a 2U C6300 chassis, each with 64, 68 or 72 processor cores. Dell will ship this node with up to 384GB of memory running Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Dell said that the company continues to bring HPC capabilities to customers through solutions designed to deliver what it calls HPC as a Service, with deployment on-premise, off-premise or in a hybrid configuration of the two.
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