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SGI Origin 300 a Gem for Low-Cost HPC
Posted Thu December 20, 2001 @11:30AM
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Hardware Many mechanical computer-aided engineering (MCAE) applications benefit from high-performance computing (HPC) technology. CFD in particular benefits from the large memory bandwidth and fast processors of HPC machines. CFD also benefits extremely well from parallel environments, efficiently scaling to hundreds of processors.

A system architecture that can achieve high parallel efficiency becomes important for large CFD simulations. The same multiprocessor architecture found in the largest shared memory parallel (SMP) system currently available, the SGI Origin 3800, is available in the more affordable SGI Origin 300 system.

The HPC technology offered with the new midrange SGI Origin 300 server is well-suited to the demands of each MCAE application segment. In particular, the choice offered with SGI Origin 300 as a moderately configured SSI for departmental deployment, or as a large cluster for scalable DMP applications, provides substantial performance benefits to MCAE applications for a range of modeling requirements.
Using the SGI Origin 300, CFD simulations can be performed at levels nearly equivalent to the industry-leading SGI Origin 3000 series up to 32 processors, but at roughly half the cost.

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