Appro Announces Availability for Server Platforms Based on the New Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 Product Family

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Appro GreenBlade™ and rackmount server platforms now offer more of everything – cores, cache, memory, integration and bandwidth to get the data where it needs to be faster than ever before.

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We are pleased to make available the next generation Appro server platforms based on the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family, foundation of the Appro Xtreme-X™ Supercomputer, said John Lee, Vice President of Advanced Technology Solutions.

Appro (http://www.appro.com), a leading provider of supercomputing solutions, announced today the general availability and support for the next generation Appro GreenBlade™ and rackmount server platforms based on the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family to deliver improved floating point performance, operational efficiency and higher peak performance at the same power level as previous generations.

The new Appro server platforms feature 2 socket CPUs with up to 512GB of DDR3 memory per node, each CPU offers 8 cores with 16 threads per CPU with multiple PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots per system. The servers offer Intel Integrated I/O, supporting PCI Express 3.0 specification and Intel® Data Direct I/O technologies which makes the processor intelligently and dynamically determine the optimal path for I/O traffic based on the overall system utilization while allowing system memory to remain in low power state. This feature reduces processor latency bottlenecks by up to 30% while significantly improving the system performance and memory bandwidth. The new Appro server platforms also take advantage of Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions, or Intel® AVX providing up to two times the floating point operations per clock cycle by expanding the length of registers to improve the performance of complex scientific application problems.

Appro and Intel have also just released a new white paper, “Enabling Performance-per-Watt Gains in High Performance Cluster Computing”. The white paper describes the key factors influencing server platform selection including benchmark tests and results. To download the white paper, go to http://www.appro.com/whitepaper/performance_per_watt_gains_HPC.asp

Appro cutting-edge server platforms are the building blocks for the Appro Xtreme-X™ Supercomputer architecture offering flexible HPC configurations pre-packaged with the latest Appro cluster software stack to include the Appro Cluster Engine™ management software along with outstanding HPC professional services expertise.

“We are pleased to make available the next generation Appro building block server platforms based on the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family, foundation of the Appro Xtreme-X™ Supercomputer,” said John Lee, vice president of Advanced Technology Solutions Group at Appro. “These server platforms will offer a resilient HPC value proposition by delivering improved floating point performance, operational efficiency, and optimizations as new applications are introduced and updates to existing software packages are released.”

“The most complex computational tasks required by workloads ranging from data intensive computing to breakthroughs at the frontiers of science can take advantage of the solutions delivered by Appro in their new Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 product family based platforms.” said Raj Hazra, General Manager of the Intel Technical Computing Group. “These solutions offer the industry’s first Integrated I/O technology with PCI Express 3.0 support and deliver breakthrough performance and improved system memory with higher system bandwidth.”

About Appro
Appro is a leading developer of innovative supercomputing solutions. Appro is uniquely positioned to support High-Performance Computing (HPC) markets focusing on medium to large-scale deployments where lower total cost of ownership is essential. Appro accelerates technical applications and business results through outstanding price/performance, power efficient and fast time-to-market solutions based on the latest open standards technologies, innovative cluster tools and management software packaged with HPC professional services and support.

Appro supercomputing solutions enables scientists and engineers to use data-intensive, capacity, capability and hybrid computing for scientific research, data modeling, engineering simulations, and seismic visualization. Appro’s headquarters is located in Milpitas, CA with offices in Korea, Japan and Houston, TX. To receive automatic Appro news and feature stories, subscribe to Appro RSS feeds at http://www.appro.com, also visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ApproSupercomputers or interact with us at http://twitter.com/approhpc

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