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Penguin Computing Embraces Intel Xeon Scalable

July 18, 2017

Penguin Computing is now an Intel Xeon Scalable shop. The company last week announced that all of its products have been transitioned to the Intel technology.

“We are excited to introduce Intel Xeon Scalable platform based solutions into our versatile Relion and Tundra product lines to tackle today’s computing challenges,” said William Wu, director of product management at Penguin Computing. “Organizations looking to deploy across data centers, cloud computing, hyper-scale HPC, and deep learning will find Penguin Computing’s unique and expanding solutions to meet their needs.”

The Intel Xeon Scalable platform provides increased performance; a unified stack optimized for data analytics; and adjacencies of networking, acceleration and storage.

The performance advances are due in part to Intel AVX-512 extensions that provide up to 2x FLOPS per clock cycle. That helps customers better address their data analytics, high performance computing, and security/cryptography workloads.

The Intel Xeon Scalable solution also offers integrated 10 Gb/s Ethernet or 100 Gb/s Intel Omni-Path architecture fabric options. That provides an increase of up to 8.2x more double precision GFLOPS/sec ascompared to the Intel Xeon processor E5 family, which was code named Sandy Bridge. And it allows for a 2.27x increase over the previous-generation Intel Xeon processor E5 v4, which were known as Broadwell.

The news that Penguin Computing now leverages the Intel Xeon Scalable platform across its product line comes a little more than a year after the company announced it had begun offering the Intel Omni-Path Architecture.

“Network fabric performance and reliability are critical for high-performance computing clusters because so many machines have to work together in parallel,” Penguin Computing explained at the time. “Intel Omni-Path, with both low latency and high performance at 100 gigabits per second, is a valuable addition that accelerates and unleashes the performance of the CPU.”

Omni-Path also allows for the increase in size from 36 to 48 ports. That allows Penguin Computing to build larger fabrics with fewer layers. And that equates to lower latency and fewer switches – meaning lower costs.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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