Microway Introduces New 8- and 12-Core AMD Opteron 6100 Series Processor-Based WhisperStations, Servers and Infiniband Clusters

More TeraFlops, Fewer Watts!

Kingston, MA – March 29, 2010 –

Microway announces its most powerful AMD Opteron™ processor-based Navion™ platforms with the new 8- and 12-Core AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors. The AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors provide significant performance enhancements for HPC applications. With new four-way server pricing comparable to traditional two socket systems, Navion four socket SMP servers provide up to 48 cores, 512 GB memory and multiple 3.5” drives in 1U or 4U configurations. The AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform more than doubles the memory bandwidth and provides 1.3x the I/O bandwidth of previous generation 2P and 4P servers, helping research institutions, enterprises and life sciences companies complete complex jobs with greater throughput and exceptional ROI.

Technical features of the AMD Opteron 6100 Series Processors include:

  • 12 physical cores with next-generation Direct Connect Architecture 2.0
  • Four memory channels per processor each supporting up to DDR3-1333
  • Four HyperTransport™ 3.0 (HT3) links per processor to increase I/O performance
  • STREAM memory bandwidth up to and exceeding 100GB/second
  • AMD-V™ to enhance and accelerate software-based virtualization, helping run more virtual machines with less overhead
  • New AMD-P™ power efficiency features including C1E Power State and Cool Speed technology designed to lower power costs
  • New reliability-availability-security (RAS) features help reduce downtime and keep applications online

Navion 1U Twin servers include two dual-processor compute nodes with 48 total cores in 1U. Effectively doubling rack capacity, each motherboard features two 12-core AMD Opteron 6100 Series Processors, up to 256GB of DDR3 memory, InfiniBand and Gigabit Ethernet, robust cooling, and up to two hard drives. This packaging achieves a density of 1920 cores in a standard CoolRack 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.

WhisperStation™– Microway’s ultra-quiet workstation — also provides improved performance with one or two 12-core AMD Opteron 6100 series processors and up to four dual-width ATI RadeonT™ HD 5870 GPUs. WhisperStation configurations have been “quietized” by employing noise-reducing technologies and are available running many flavors of Linux® or Microsoft® Windows® 7.

“With four HyperTransport 3.0 links per socket, the latest AMD Opteron processors reduce inter-processor communication overhead, thereby helping to improve CPU and memory communication speeds. Both help contribute to the Microway’s highest SMP performance to date,” commented Stephen Fried, CTO of Microway. “Programs that we expect to dramatically benefit include floating point intensive computations like FFTs, which have high data re-use rates and SMP applications that make frequent calls, including transaction-based business applications.”

“AMD and Microway share a vision where exceptional SMP performance and power efficiency must go hand-in-hand without compromising on overall feature set,” said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Divisions, AMD. “In order to meet the needs of the high-performance computing environment, the AMD Opteron 6100 Series Processor delivers the right balance of scalability and efficiency for HPC customers.”

Microway’s HPC Clusters feature integrated advanced manageability and energy conserving features that have been refined over years of development and hundreds of real-world cluster deployments. Paired with Microway’s energy efficient designs, 80PLUS certified power supplies, and other technologies, Microway systems deliver superior green performance. In addition, the Microway-designed 1U CoolFlow™ chassis and 4U RuggedRack™ feature proprietary Across-the-Board™ enhanced cooling. Microway systems achieve operating temperatures that are consistently lower than industry guidelines.

Microway’s Cluster Management System (MCMS™) hardware/software solution features IPMI or NodeWatch™ integration for remote cluster monitoring and control. It is available on all Navion servers.

Complete AMD Opteron product descriptions can be found at https://www.microway.com/opteron.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 a Premier AMD Fusion Partner, Mellanox 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. For more information and a subscription to Microway’s online technical newsletter, please visit www.microway.com.

FasTree, Microway, InfiniScope, MPI Link-Checker, Navion, NodeWatch, NumberSmasher, OctoPuter, Quadputer, and WhisperStation are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microway, Inc.

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, ATI, the ATI logo, AMD Opteron, FireStream, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. HyperTransport is a licensed trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other jurisdictions. OpenCL is a trademark of Apple Inc. used under License to the Khronos Group Inc.

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