15 November 2010 Source:
Boston Limited, now in its 18th year as a distribution partner for silicon valley based Super Micro Computer, Inc, (NASDAQ: SMIC), today has formally announced the launch of their latest generation of Microsoft HPC Server 2008 R2-based SmartCluster M Series portable blade solutions.
Designed specifically for technical and enterprise computing SmartCluster portable HPC solutions are an all-encompassing portable clustered solution on wheels that includes all the hardware, software & networking to be deployed quickly and easily with minimal fuss. Based on Microsoft's comprehensive Windows HPC software, these highly innovative portable solutions can be very easily deployed and managed to provide consistent low latency performance to a network extremely quickly.
"Boston's innovative and portable SmartCluster M Series solution harnesses the power of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 to provide an all-encompassing platform that has been optimized to deliver leading high speed density and energy efficiency for today's most demanding technical and enterprise computing applications," said Bill Hamilton, director, Technical Computing at Microsoft.
Based on industry leading Supermicro Blade, storage and networking hardware SmartCluster's provide a complete validated clustered hardware and software solution housed into a tiny 14U high cabinet with wheels for ease of portability. All within a compact portable enclosure Boston have managed to provide full cluster functionality by including 160 x Intel Xeon 5600 processor cores within 20x compute nodes, 240Gb of memory, 20TB Front-end storage node, Mellanox QDR 40Gbps InfiniBand HCA, Supermicro 36 port QDR InfiniBand switch and much more in a single all encompassing platform! Industry leading energy efficiency is also assured with the use of 80PLUS platinum rated 94% efficient power supplies with a variety of options made available to reduce the energy consumption even further.
On demonstration at Supercomputing 2010 Boston will present how this complete, integrated platform for cluster-based computing using Microsoft's latest Windows HPC Server ensures that it easier than ever before for companies of all types and sizes to realize the benefits of technical computing.
SmartCluster M Series platforms have been designed and optimised as the platform of choice for numerous leading research and creative applications helping analysts, modelers and developers maximize their return from leading packages such as MATLAB, Tempest, MG-ALFA, MoSes, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, openGEMS, BLAST, FLUENT, ANSYS CFX and many more.
"Microsoft's technical computing initiative simplifies powerful Supercomputing technologies and has enabled Boston and our partners to spend less time on the numerous complexities in deploying HPC platforms and to focus their efforts on discovering new innovations and solving some of the world's biggest challenges" said Manoj Nayee, Managing Director, Boston Limited.
Built on Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit technology, WindowsHPC Server 2008 R2 Suite is designed as a complete integrated platform for cluster based computing. SmartCluster M Series platforms arrive with Windows Server (Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition) and Microsoft's HPC Pack which comprises of a complete integrated set of tools for running high performance compute clusters.
Key features also include high speed networking, highly efficient and scalable cluster management tools, advanced fail over capabilities, Excel as a services orientated architecture (SOA) job scheduler and support for partners clustered file systems. In addition users of this leading appliance can also expand the capacity of HPC clusters by adding computers running Windows 7 as low cost workstation nodes.