"HP is pushing back on competitors in the server market with
competitive pricing and more choice on x86 servers that deliver
customers the best price/performance in the industry," said James
Mouton, vice president, platform division, Industry Standard Servers,
HP. "With this new cluster series and the availability of the new
ProLiant DL585, we further extend choice to enterprise and
high-performance computing customers, making it easier to purchase and
take advantage of AMD Opteron processor-based ProLiant servers."
HP scales up Linux cluster portfolio; scales down cost of ownership
To meet increased customer demand for cost-effective x86 solutions
running Linux in the high-performance computing market, the HP High
Performance Compute Cluster LC series featuring the HP ProLiant DL145
server offers superior 32-bit performance with industry-standard
features and the ability to scale to 64-bit environments.
The new LC 3000 systems are excellent performers in environments
where the workload is a mix of 32-bit and 64-bit applications, such as
electronic design automation and the oil and gas industries.
Applications that are compute intensive and run well on clusters of
IA-32-based systems, such as many computational fluid dynamics
applications, will also see advantages with AMD Opteron processor-based
The HP HPC Cluster LC series also provides value and flexibility to
customers looking to reduce the expense of building and maintaining
reliable, manageable and supportable clusters for computational
Using both industry-leading Intel® Xeon™-based HP ProLiant servers
and now AMD Opteron processor-based HP ProLiant servers, the HPC LC
suite has three main offerings:
- The LC 1000 series - Xeon-based HP ProLiant DL140 servers - offers low-cost performance with minimal overhead.
The LC 2000 series - Xeon-based HP ProLiant DL360 servers - offers
competitive performance with enterprise reliability and manageability
to meet remote administrative needs.
- The LC
3000 series - AMD Opteron processor-based HP ProLiant DL145 servers -
offers 32-bit performance scalable to 64-bit environments.
The LC series is composed of certified partner and application
solution stacks as well as freeware and open source offerings. HP
supports a range of HPC solutions provided by independent software
vendors, including Altair Engineering, Axceleron, Cyclades, Engineered
Intelligence, Meiosys, Platform Computing, Red Hat, Scali, Sistina and
In addition, customers using the HP Factory Express service can
purchase and deploy HPC LC series integrated clusters easily by
leveraging HP's world-class manufacturing capabilities, engineering
expertise and skills on the factory floor, eliminating the need to hire
on-site consultants and keeps implementation costs down.
Record-breaking HP ProLiant DL585 server
The HP ProLiant DL585 server with AMD Opteron processors, offering
the industry's leading performance for a four-way x86 server, is
designed to support multiple applications, tasks and critical databases.
The server recently earned the top Microsoft Windows® Exchange
Server 2003 Performance and Scalability benchmark result for
four-processor servers, using the new MMB3 benchmark. The server
supported 7,800 MMB3 (users), which is more than an eight percent
increase in users over the previously published record.(1)
"Philips Research is excited that HP will support AMD Opteron
processors in the proven ProLiant server line," said Patrick Stemkens,
Philips Research ICT Manager, Philips High Tech Campus. "We have been
waiting for a four-processor system with large memory capacity for
Linux applications, and the HP ProLiant DL585 will be an excellent fit
for our needs. With HP's reputation and support, we expect these new
systems to provide immediate performance gains, protect our 32-bit
investments and provide a transition path to 64-bit computing."
Additionally, HP achieved an outstanding result for four-way servers
in the two-tier SAP® Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application
Benchmark, with 712 SAP SD Benchmark users.(2) The benchmark
was run on the HP ProLiant DL585 server with SAP R/3® Enterprise 4.70
running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition and Microsoft SQL Server
2000 Enterprise Edition (Certification No. 2004018). The configuration
consisted of four-way AMD Opteron processors Model 848 at 2.2
gigahertz, with one megabyte of L2 cache and 16 gigabytes main memory.
The achieved throughput was 71,330 fully processed order line items per
hour. The standardized and well defined SAP benchmarking procedure
helps to determine the optimal hardware configuration for customers' IT
Pricing and availability
The HP ProLiant DL585 server is available today, starting at an estimated U.S. list price of $8,299.(3) The HP LC series based on the ProLiant DL145 server is available today, starting at an estimated U.S. list price of $67,829.(3)
More information on HP ProLiant servers and LC cluster solutions is available at http://www.hp.com/products/servers/platforms.
(1) The HP ProLiant DL585 server, using four AMD
Opteron processor Model 848 Series running at 2.2 GHz with 1 MB L2
cache and on-board 2.2-GHz memory controller, achieved the
four-processor result of 7,800 MMB3 (users) on the Exchange Server 2003
Performance and Scalability Benchmark.
(2) All of the SAP Benchmark results noted fully comply
with the SAP Benchmark Council's issued benchmark regulations and have
been audited and certified by SAP AG. This benchmark is current as of
April 19, 2004. For additional details on these and other SAP
benchmarks, please visit http://www.sap.com/benchmark.
(3) Actual prices may vary.