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Silicon Mechanics Newsletter - December 14, 2009

Silicon Mechanics Honored by NASA

The Silicon Mechanics team recently received a Certificate of Appreciation from NASA and the Ames Research Center. The award was given as a result of our participation as a hardware supplier on the Nebula project, NASA's Cloud Computing initiative.

Nebula is an efficient and highly scalable containerized Cloud Computing infrastructure that allows researchers to deploy compute resources in an accessible and affordable pay-as-you-go online environment. Nebula enables researchers to tap into powerful, highly scalable, and fully FISMA-compliant infrastructure more quickly and for less money than infrastructure that they could build themselves. In addition to being used in support of space missions, NASA also wanted an easy, efficient, and secure way to share its data sets with the public.

If our experience with this technology could be of use in your own computing environment, give us a call!

SC09 Wrap-Up

It was great to see so many people visiting our Booth at SC09 this year! If we had the chance to talk with you, thank you for stopping by. If you didn't make it to SC09 this year, we hope you'll be able to join us next year. For those of you that are interested in more information about the servers and storage we had on display, be sure to call us at 866-352-1173 or email your questions to

Silicon Mechanics Recognized by Intel Cluster Ready Program

One of the highlights of this year's SC09 came when we received the Pathfinder Award from Intel Cluster Ready. This award recognizes Silicon Mechanics for outstanding performance over the past three years of participation in the Intel Cluster Ready program. Not only were we an inaugural member of the program, but our Hyperform HPCi for Intel Cluster Ready and Hyperform HPCi for SIMULIA products have been greeted with notable success. Thanks to Intel and the ICR program for this recognition!

Are you investigating department or workgroup clusters? ICR-certified clusters should definitely be on your list of options to consider. Check out this article by Brock Taylor, Intel Cluster Ready Solutions Architect. It outlines the purpose of the ICR program, describes the Intel Cluster Ready specification, and offers an overview of the benefits to users who choose ICR-certified clusters (PDF Format, 333K).

You may also be interested in the recent case study Graduating to HPC, (PDF Format, 1.1MB), about how Intel and Silicon Mechanics worked with nanoelectronics researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to move them from a workstation to an Intel Cluster Ready HPC system. For more information, we invite you to call your Silicon Mechanics Sales Representative at 866-352-1173, or email

NVIDIA® Tesla™ Upgrade to Fermi Promotional Offer

Experience breakthrough performance for your HPC applications now! For a limited time only, with the Mad Science Promotion you may purchase a Tesla C1060 GPU Computing Processor or an S1070 1U GPU Computing System and qualify for a special promotional upgrade to a new Fermi-based Tesla product. There are plenty of solutions to choose from: Silicon Mechanics has launched a new 1U, an additional workstation, and a cluster.
  • Rackform iServ R350-GPU. This 1U server boasts 2 NVIDIA Tesla passively cooled M1060 GPUs, and two Intel Xeon 5500 ("Nehalem") processors. Meet the world's fastest 1U server!
  • Hyperform HPCg R2504 Personal Supercomputer. Featuring 4 NVIDIA Tesla C1060 GPU computing processors, this workstation puts the power of a cluster into a tower form factor.
  • Hyperform HPCg R3501. Our new cluster harnesses the speed and processing power of the R350-GPU to bring you the best in GPU-based high performance computing.

AMD Chipset Platform 5690/5100 now available!

Combined with the Six-Core AMD Opteron processor, the 5690/5100 Chipset platform from AMD enables a new level of power and performance. The highlights include:
  • Hyper Transport™ 3.0 technology
  • PCI Express® 2.0
  • AMD Virtualization™ featuring IO-virtualization
Configure your AMD Opteron processor-based server with the new AMD Chipset now! Questions? Contact your Silicon Mechanics sales representative at 866-352-1173, or email

Nehalem Architecture in Entry-Level 1U Servers

The new Intel® Xeon® Processor 3400 Series (codenamed "Lynnfield") is here! These processors offer users the benefits of the latest technology – Nehalem architecture – in a single-processor configuration. The intelligent performance you want and energy cost savings you need are in the two new entry-level 1U servers from Silicon Mechanics. Configure yours now! Questions? Contact your Silicon Mechanics sales representative at 866-352-1173, or email

Wishing all of you
a joyous and peaceful holiday season,
and a happy and prosperous new year.

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