Convey Computer Launches New Family of Hybrid-core Computers
Convey Computer™ Corporation announced a new family of hybrid-core computers—the HC-2™ Series—that accelerates computing even more than previous Convey systems, providing users with greater performance, functionality, and energy efficiency. Convey revolutionized the high-performance computing world in 2008 when it launched the industry’s first hybrid-core computer, achieving orders of magnitude increases in application performance. Convey’s latest systems, the Convey HC-2 series, accelerate hybrid-core computing even more by providing higher absolute performance, increased functionality, and improved efficiency.
The Convey HC-2 systems increase application performance 2-3 times over previous generations of Convey servers and orders of magnitude over commodity servers. Earlier versions of the Convey systems allow the performance-critical portions of applications to achieve significant acceleration on the coprocessor. Convey’s latest hybrid-core systems attain even greater acceleration by vastly increasing performance for the entire application—even those portions not assigned to the coprocessor.
Convey’s groundbreaking hybrid-core computing architecture tightly integrates advanced computer architecture and compiler technology with commercial, off-the-shelf hardware—namely Intel® Xeon® processors and Xilinx® Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The systems help customers dramatically increase performance over industry standard servers while reducing energy costs associated with high-performance computing.
Convey’s HC-2 and HC-2ex provide even more flexibility than previous generations of Convey hybrid-core systems. Now available in numerous configurations, customers can better match Convey hybrid-core technology to fit the performance profile of their particular problem. Customers can customize their implementation with a combination of models, Intel processors, memory configurations and I/O devices.
To offset the rising energy costs in HPC data centers, customers are looking to accelerate applications using energy-efficient computing solutions. Employing application-specific computing (especially FPGAs) for specific algorithms is inherently more efficient than using a general-purpose instruction set.
The Convey HC-2 series builds upon the energy efficiency of previous HC generations and takes it even further. When used as nodes in a HPC cluster, hybrid-core computing can reduce space, power, and cooling requirements up to 90% over racks of commodity servers.
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