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As part of its push to bring converged infrastructure to service providers, HP this week unveiled its ProLiant SL6500 Scalable System, a new 4U modular server chassis system which scales from one to thousands of server nodes.
The new server nodes come in two versions. The SL170s G6 is a half-width, 1U node with up to two Intel Xeon processors with 16 DDR3 DIMM sockets totaling 192 GBytes of memory, and up to four small form factor spinning drives or SSDs. Up to eight SL170s servers can fit in an SL6500 chassis. It is targeted at customers looking for performance, energy efficiency, and server density, Ganthier said.
The SL390s G7 server nodes come in either half-width 1U or half-width 2U chassis, and include 10Gbit Ethernet and InfiniBand connectivity for higher I/O performance. "When you put general purpose GPUs in the SL390s, you get the world's first teraflop computer in 1U of rack space," Ganthier said.
Customers implementing 100 nodes of the SL390s servers could see performance matching systems in the Top-500 supercomputer list, Ganthier said.
"Customers can save a lot of money in terms of space and power," he said. "Also, since they can use common nodes, customers can scale from a basic server to a high-performance system."
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