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Silicon Mechanics Newsletter - June 8, 2009

Six-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor Now Available

The new Six-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor (codenamed "Istanbul") is now available from Silicon Mechanics. The most popular features in recent releases of the Opteron are now joined by HT Assist. HT Assist can improve performance in multi-node systems, and speed up queries in cache-sensitive applications. Six-Core Opteron processors are available in all of our Rackform nServ 2P and 4P systems.

In addition to support for the Six-Core Opteron, Silicon Mechanics is now offering the latest 45nm Opteron technology (codenamed "Suzuka") for 1P systems. Visit our Rackform nServ category to find the system that's right for you!

Hyperform HPCg R3401: NVIDIA Tesla Cluster

The performance, affordability, and energy efficiency of NVIDIA Tesla GPU technology has the power to redefine high-performance computing. Silicon Mechanics is proud to be an NVIDIA Tesla Preferred Provider, and with the launch of the Silicon Mechanics Hyperform HPCg R3401 Tesla-based cluster, you have access to a complete range of GPU computing, from workstation to server to pre-configured cluster. Want to know more? Visit our NVIDIA Tesla page, take a look at coverage of this product launch on the Information Week website, and then come to Silicon Mechanics to order your NVIDIA Tesla solution.

Interested in learning more about using CUDA, the C language environment that unlocks the processing power of the GPU to solve complex compute-intensive problems? NVIDIA is offering a variety of webinars that may be just what you're looking for. Upcoming webinar topics include Performance Considerations and CUDA Optimization. Click on the date and time links below to register for your CUDA webinar:

Performance Considerations
June 24, 2009, 9am Pacific. Register:
June 24, 2009, 9pm Pacific. Register:

CUDA Optimization
June 25, 2009, 10am Pacific. Register:
July 1, 2009, 9am, Pacific. Register:
July 1, 2009, 9pm, Pacific. Register:

New Hyperform HPC Cluster Powered by Platform Computing

Silicon Mechanics has again expanded the cluster product lineup! Now available: Hyperform cluster hardware with your choice of either Platform Cluster Manager or Platform HPC Workgroup Manager. Platform Computing offers a complete, certified solution that includes all the tools required to quickly deploy, run and manage HPC cluster with unprecedented ease. A Silicon Mechanics cluster powered by Platform Cluster Manager is built for optimal performance and availability, while offering management, support, and update benefits that are simply not possible with less advanced cluster management solutions. Use our online cluster configurator to create your Hyperform HPCi Cluster with Platform Cluster Manager or Platform HPC Workgroup Manager today!

Two Hot New Intel Technologies . . .

The new Intel Xeon 5500 processors (codenamed "Nehalem") are being exceptionally well received! Users are enjoying increased performance and decreased energy consumption, making server refresh very appealing, and especially so in virtualized environments. Check out Intel's ROI estimator for an in-depth look at what a server refresh could do for your performance, density, and energy efficiency. Need a primer on the Intel Xeon 5500? Download a copy of the Silicon Mechanics Guide to the Intel Xeon 5500.

Not to be outdone, the new Intel Solid State Drives are also offering up what many IT professionals are looking for: fast, reliable, quiet, cool-running drives. Silicon Mechanics is now making the X25-E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive SLC (32 and 64GB) an available option in most of our server, storage, and high-performance computing products -- including making them available with adapters for use in 3.5" drive carriers! Download the Silicon Mechanics Guide to SSDs for more details about the technology and how you can make them work for you.

Storage Products with the Intel Xeon 5500

Silicon Mechanics has just introduced three new storage server products built on the new Intel Xeon 5500 processor platform. Your favorite "bare metal" storage (without storage management software) like the Storform iServ R503, R505, and R506, have been upgraded to take advantage of the new processor's performance and energy efficiency improvements. Check out these versatile, high-capacity storage options today!

Silicon Mechanics and Second Life

Do you wonder what it would be like to work with Silicon Mechanics? A newly-released Intel case study examines how Linden Lab, makers of Second Life, joined forces with Intel and Silicon Mechanics to maximize performance and minimize environmental impact. Download the case study here!

Silicon Mechanics and Simulia Webinar

On April 2 Silicon Mechanics and Simulia presented the webinar "Accelerate Simulation Productivity with Abaqus FEA on Personal Clusters by Silicon Mechanics". For anyone who would like to examine the idea of moving from a workstation to a personal cluster, this webinar is for you! It's available at the Simulia website, and we invite you to call your Silicon Mechanics sales representative with any questions you may have.

Would you like to test drive the Hyperform HPCi Cluster for SIMULIA? Visit, click on "VIRTUAL TEST DRIVE" at the bottom of the page, and register to run your Abaqus 6.8 workload on the Silicon Mechanics Hyperform ICR Cluster. You send them the input and log files from one of your successful Abaqus 6.8 simulation analyses, and they will run the performance tests and send you the results. See what moving onto a personal cluster can do to improve your performance and productivity!

Clearance Servers

Just a reminder—We have Clearance Items available on our website, and the selection of available hardware changes frequently! These systems feature substantial discounts, but quantities are limited, so make regular visits to the Clearance Items section of our website to get the best prices on a wide variety of Silicon Mechanics servers.

OSCON is Coming Up Quickly!

We would like to invite you to join us at OSCON '09. This year it will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Find us on July 22 and July 23 in Booth 215—and don't forget to pick up your t-shirt!

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