Microway Introduces High Performing and Energy Efficient Server and Cluster Platforms Incorporating Six-Core AMD Opteron ™ Processors with the New AMD Chipset

More GigaFlops, Fewer Watts!

Kingston, MA – September 21, 2009 –

Microway announces today that its Navion ™ servers and WhisperStations will incorporate the Six-Core AMD Opteron processor with AMD chipset. The AMD chipset features Hyper Transport ™ 3.0 technology, PCI Express ® 2.0, and AMD Virtualization (AMD-V ™) technology, including I/O-virtualization. The Six-Core AMD Opteron processor with AMD chipset platform helps increase both value and platform longevity of Microway servers and WhisperStations. Microway’s new offerings will be shown at Supercomputing 2009 in Portland, Oregon at Booth 434.

Navion 24 Core servers feature two complete SMP nodes with QDR InfiniBand and Gigabit Ethernet integrated into a robustly cooled 1U rack chassis. Each node features two Six-Core AMD Opteron processors, up to 64 GB DRAM and up to 2 hard drives. This packaging achieves a density of 960 cores in a standard 42U cabinet. Customers with compute-intensive applications including DSP, CFD and FEA, as well as high-performance database and enterprise-class applications choose Navion clusters for exceptional performance and power/space efficiency.

The new Six-Core AMD Opteron processors offer hardware innovations that tackle demanding workloads with superior overall efficiency. These processors were featured in a technical webinar, available at https://www.microway.com/sixcore.html

The AMD-P technologies built into the AMD Opteron processors feature a variety of power optimization technologies including AMD PowerNow!™ technology, AMD CoolCore™ technology, and Dual Dynamic Power Management™. These technologies can help reduce energy use and lower operational cost for today’s demanding data processing environments. Furthermore, Microway’s energy efficient designs employ 85+% efficient power supplies and other green features.

WhisperStation™, Microway’s ultra-quiet workstation product line, also provides exceptional performance with two Six-Core AMD Opteron processors and up to three AMD FireStream™ GPUs. All configurations have been “quietized” by employing Microway’s noise-reducing technologies and can be configured with many flavors of Linux® or Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008.

“AMD’s unified processor and chipset technology offer significant performance and energy efficiency benefits to customers,” said Patrick Patla, vice president and General Manager, Server and Workstation Division, AMD. “Microway’s server and cluster solutions based on AMD technology are able to excel in critical HPC workloads while simultaneously controlling operational costs. This is critical for customers looking to implement dense data center environments, helping them to maximize their data center real estate with innovative virtualization and power management technologies.”

New HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology enables high-speed communications between processors. Additionally, HT Assist also helps reduce unnecessary messaging between processors, thereby helping to improve CPU and memory communication speeds in 4 and 8P systems. “Advancements in HyperTransport technology contribute to high performance-per-watt and can help customers save energy,” commented Stephen Fried, CTO of Microway. “Programs that we expect to benefit include floating point intensive computations like FFTs, which have high data re-use rates; SMP applications that make frequent calls, including transaction-based business applications; and programs that depend on byte code interpreters like JAVA to carry the work load.”

Microway’s Navion servers and WhisperStations are also available as multi-function SMP storage servers. Navion supports HPC/Enterprise applications, while providing up to 128 Terabytes of Storage in a single machine! A Microway Navion cluster will provide up to 960 processor cores, 5 TB memory and 320 TB storage in one well-cooled 42U cabinet. These machines are all fault tolerant, highly available, and come with redundant power.

Microway’s HPC Clusters feature integrated advanced manageability features that have been refined over years of development and hundreds of real-world deployments. Microway’s Cluster Management System (MCMS™ with Enhanced IPMI) hardware/software solution featuring NodeWatch™ for remote cluster monitoring and control is available on Navion servers. Well known for its expertise in cooling, Microway’s achieved operating temperatures are consistently lower than industry guidelines. Both the 1U CoolFlow™ chassis and 4U RuggedRack™ feature proprietary Across-the-Board™ enhanced cooling. The RuggedRack includes front access hard disks and Hot-Swap power supplies. This allows the most common system failures to be serviced without powering off the server, or even removing the unit from a cabinet.

As an AMD Platinum Solution Provider, Microway incorporates the newest AMD processors and GPUs in its innovative product line, including HPC clusters, servers, WhisperStations and storage servers.

A complete product description can be found at https://www.microway.com/sixcore.html

About Microway, Inc.

Incorporated in 1982, Microway is a major vendor in the High Performance Computing market, designing state-of-the-art, high-end Linux clusters, servers, and data storage solutions. Users worldwide pushing the limits of technology choose us for solutions. Microway is an AMD Platinum Partner, Novell Gold Partner and Microsoft Direct OEM for Windows Server HPC License. Classified as a small business, woman owned and operated, Microway’s GSA Contract Number is GS-35F-0431N. Trademarks include GigaCube, MCMS, MPI Link-Checker, Navion, NumberSmasher, NodeWatch, and Quadputer. For more information and a subscription to Microway’s online technical newsletter, please visit www.microway.com.

Microway, InfiniScope, MPI Link-Checker, Navion, NodeWatch, NumberSmasher, Quadputer, and WhisperStation are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microway, Inc. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, ATI, the ATI logo, AMD Opteron, AMD CoolCore, AMD PowerNow!, Dual Dynamic Power Management, FireStream, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other jurisdictions.

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