Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A personal HPC computer with 80 cores? SGI's Octane revival

This is what Sillicon Graphics (SGI) call their new baby, the Octane III. For those who do or do not remember, the Octane looked like that:

And was powered by a MIPS RISC microprocessor, R10000, R12000 or R14000@600 Mhz for the latest models.

Now, the new Octane-III is powered by a bunch of Intel XEON 5500 processors, running at some extravagant speed. But I guess those processors are not cheap, and the new baby has a lot of sockets ready for them:

Here is how it looks like:


For pricing, more info, etc., please visit SGI's website.

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