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Silicon Mechanics Newsletter - December 2011

New AMD Opteron Processors with "Bulldozer" Microarchitecture

We are pleased to announce that we have updated all of our AMD Opteron-based servers to offer the newest processors from AMD: the Opteron 4200 (codenamed "Valencia") and the Opteron 6200 (codenamed "Interlagos"). In their first microarchitecture rebuild since Opteron, AMD introduces the Bulldozer module, engineered to emphasize throughput, core count, and parallel server workloads. See all of our updated Rackform nServ servers.

We have also published two new Silicon Mechanics Guides, to provide more in-depth information about the features and functionality of the Bulldozer-based processors:

Cluster Research Grant

As we mentioned in the last newsletter, the cluster that the team from Boston University used in the Student Cluster Competition is going to be donated as a grant to a university or research institution. The grant program is open to all US and Canadian qualified post-secondary institutions, university-affiliated research institutions, non-profit research institutions, and researchers at federal labs with university affiliations. More information, rules, and application materials are available at

2X in 4 Weeks – A Special Offer from NVIDIA

Have you been interested in accessing the power of GPU computing but concerned about a complex or time-consuming code conversion to CUDA? If so, this is a program you should investigate. It starts with a free, 30-day trial of PGI directives, which allows you to insert compiler hints into your code. The compiler then automatically maps compute-intensive parts of your code to the GPU.

So what does 2X in 4 weeks mean? If your application does not achieve 2x speedup in 4 weeks or less, NVIDIA and/or PGI will provide four hours of consultation with an expert in PGI Accelerator directives or CUDA (your choice) to help you accelerate your code at no charge. For more information, visit the 2x in 4 weeks section of the NVIDIA site. Be sure to see the Developer Toolbox on that page, and then look at the FAQ that outlines eligibility and program requirements.

Video Highlights from SC11

Since the last newsletter, we've come across a number of videos that may be of interest to you:

Expedition Update from Wave Vidmar

For those of you that have been following Wave Vidmar and the preparations for his Ocean Row Solo 2011, we have an update! Wave has adjusted his schedule, and he will be shipping "Liberty" to Portugal for a February launch to row the North Atlantic East-to-West route, heading for an area north of the Caribbean Islands. He is currently planning to undertake the West-to-East Row in May. We will continue to follow his expedition at


Enabling Open Compute Architecture

Silicon Mechanics is proud to enable Open Compute delivery, bringing the Open Compute architecture to deployments of all sizes. The Open Compute Project began with an initiative at Facebook to build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures in the world at the lowest possible cost. The result of that work was released by Facebook, and constitutes an open hardware standard that delivers data centers full of vanity-free servers which are efficient, inexpensive, and easy to maintain. For more information, email, or call your Sales Expert at 1-866-352-1173.

Cloud Computing from Silicon Mechanics and Piston Cloud

Silicon Mechanics is proud to announce that we have partnered with Piston Cloud Computing to become their first certified hardware vendor. The Piston Enterprise OS (pentOS) is a new cloud operating system designed for ease of use, security, and open enterprise private cloud environments. The pentOS-powered system runs on a custom cloud configuration and includes all cabling, power management, networking, and servers required to deploy and operate a pentOS private cloud. For more information, visit our configurator, email, or call your Sales Expert at 1-866-352-1173.

All of us at Silicon Mechanics
would like to wish each of you a very
Happy Holiday Season
and a Safe and Prosperous New Year.

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