SGI has announced the availability of Octane III, the company's first personal supercomputer. This new product combines the power and performance capabilities of a high-performance deskside cluster with the portability and usability of a workstation.
The Octane III is suited for workplace environments and supports a vast range of distributed technical computing applications.
Octane III is office-ready with a pedestal, one-by-two-foot form factor, whisper-quiet operations, easy-to-use features, low maintenance requirements and support for standard office power outlets. While a typical workstation has only eight cores and moderate memory capacity, the superior design of the Octane III permits up to 80 high-performance cores and nearly 1TB of memory for unparalleled performance.
"Octane III makes supercomputing personal again," said Mark J. Barrenechea, president and CEO of SGI. "Our customers have been asking for office environment products with large core counts that are easy to use and whisper-quiet. Octane III brings all of this to the HPC professional, and enables a new era of personal innovation in strategic science, research, development and visualization."
Octane III is easily configurable with single- and dual-socket node choices, and offers a wide selection of performance, storage, graphics, GP-GPU and integrated networking options. Yielding the same leading power efficiencies inherent in all SGI Eco-Logical compute designs, Octane III supports the latest Intel processors to capitalize on greater levels of performance, flexibility and scalability.
The new supercomputer is available in a variety of configurations:
- Ten dual-socket, Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5500 series-based nodes
- One dual-socket, Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5500 series-based workstation with advanced NVIDIA graphics and/or GP-GPU card support
- Nineteen single-socket, Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 3400 series-based nodes
- Nineteen single-socket, Dual-Core Intel Atom processor-based nodes
For a simple, out-of-the-box experience, Octane III ships as a factory-tested, pre-integrated platform with broad HPC application support — powerful enough for the most complex applications in the world. These include fluid dynamics, quantum mechanics, molecular dynamics, seismic processing, data analytics, rendering, visualization and computer-aided design, among many other HPC applications.
Octane III supports Microsoft HPC Server 2008, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems. Linux configurations include SGI ProPack and ISLE cluster management software.
SGI is making the Octane III available immediately with Intel Xeon processor 5500 series or Intel Atom configurations. The base configuration price starts at US$7,995.