Silicon Mechanics to Showcase and Demonstrate Nexentastor Open Storage Solution at SC12

2nd Annual Research Cluster Grant competition to be launched

Silicon Mechanics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of rackmount servers, storage, and high-performance computing hardware, will be highlighting and demonstrating one of its zStax open architecture storage solutions based on NexentaStor™ at SC12 Conference & Exhibition, which will be held November 10-16, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Booth # 2423 Silicon Mechanics will also be launching its 2nd Annual Research Cluster Grant competition, in which a high-performance computing cluster will be donated to an educational or research institution

Using "Let's Talk" as the theme for SC12, the Silicon Mechanics sales and engineering team will be engaging in active conversations on high-performance computing, hybrid CPU-GPU computing, storage, and various approaches to solving computing problems. NVIDIA® Tesla GPUs and the Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor, as well as high-density server offerings typically used in high-performance environments, will be at Silicon Mechanics' booth to serve as a focal point for discussions.

A highlight will be a real-time demonstration of a Silicon Mechanics zStax unified storage appliance, powered by NexentaStor™, a fully featured NAS/SAN software platform which provides enterprise storage features at mid-tier prices. During the demonstration, Silicon Mechanics will create a complex job, booted on a diskless cluster using Bright Cluster Manager®, and then show how NexentaStor seamlessly handles load failover. The demonstration will be conducted by industry expert Tommy Scherer, who has joined Silicon Mechanics and will be helping to expand Silicon Mechanics' storage product offerings.

The zStax unified storage appliance powered by NexentaStor provides a storage solution that can be deployed on commodity storage hardware. As a Nexenta Certified Reseller, Silicon Mechanics can help customers save 70 to 80 percent compared to expensive, vertically integrated, proprietary storage technologies.

SC12 will also be the launch pad for Silicon Mechanics' 2nd Annual Research Cluster Grant competition. The company will be donating a high-performance cluster as part of a highly competitive research grant program. Applications and competition instructions are available at the Silicon Mechanics booth or at www.researchclustergrant.com.

"Enabled by many generous donations from its partners, Silicon Mechanics is excited to build on last year's highly successful event," said Eva Cherry, CEO and President of Silicon Mechanics. "This year's cluster features even more of the latest state-of-the-art hardware and software, including next-generation AMD Opteron™ processors and NVIDIA® Tesla® GPUs."