Microway Releases New Products for Supercomputing 2009, Featuring Six-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors

More GigaFlops, Fewer Watts!

Kingston, MA – November 16, 2009 –

Microway updates its AMD Opteron processor-based Navion server platforms with smaller footprints and new technologies for Supercomputing 2009. Navion servers now include quad processor configurations in 1U, bringing customers 24 cores in a well cooled 1U chassis with up to 128GB of memory and up to 6TB of storage. Customers seeking the highest density can benefit from choosing Six-Core AMD Opteron processor-based Navion clusters for efficiency in their highest-performance applications. Moreover, Microway’s integration of the Six-Core AMD Opteron processor with the AMD SR5600 Chipset ensures the ultimate I/O performance with PCI-Express® 2.0 support for GPU’s and InfiniBand throughout the cluster.

Microway’s new platforms feature:

  • Six-Core AMD Opteron processors with outstanding performance, superior energy efficiency, investment protection, and
    optimal virtualization capabilities.
  • No sacrifice between performance and scalability: With 50% more cores per socket than Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based systems and OpenCL™ support for both CPU and GPU, it’s easy to scale your cluster whenever you’re ready.
  • PCIe® 2.0 enables QDR InfiniBand and high performing GPU performance with ATI Stream technology.

WhisperStation™, Microway’s ultra-quiet workstation product line, also provides improved performance compared to previous generations, with Six-Core AMD Opteron processors and the new chipsets. Up to four AMD FireStream™ stream processors or ATI Radeon™ GPUs are supported, and configurations have been “quietized” by employing noise-reducing technologies. WhisperStation even supports most flavors of Linux® or Microsoft® Windows®. “AMD and Microway are committed to developing leading-edge technology that tackles the most compute-intensive applications our customers deal with day in and day out,” said Patrick Patla, GM and VP, Server/Workstation and Embedded division, AMD. “AMD’s unique capability to deliver CPU and GPU solutions via our ATI Stream technology helps enable customers to utilize all of the processing capabilities available to them to achieve superior performance and efficiency across a range of demanding workloads.”

“HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology and the HT Assist feature in the Six-Core AMD Opteron processor helps accelerate communications between processors, and helps improve memory efficiency in each core when accessing data,” commented Stephen Fried, CTO of Microway. “These technologies, as well as many other architectural features of the AMD Opteron processor, deliver efficiency in applications that are highly floating point intensive, such as 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 workload.”

Microway’s HPC Clusters feature integrated advanced manageability features that have been refined over years of development and hundreds of real-world cluster deployments. Microway’s Cluster Management System (MCMS™) 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 Fusion Premier Provider, Microway incorporates the newest AMD processors, GPUs and high end graphics cards in its innovative product line, including HPC clusters, servers, WhisperStations and storage servers.

A complete product description can be found at http://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. These include universities, life sciences, financial, military, Fortune 500s and research agencies. Microway is an AMD Fusion Premier 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, 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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