The first blade server with the upcoming Intel Nehalem EX processor has finally been unveiled. While it is known that IBM will be releasing a 2 or 4 socket blade server with the Nehalem EX, no other vendor has revealed plans up until now. SGI recently announced they will be offering the Nehelem EX on their Altix® UV platform.
Touted as a “The World’s Fastest Supercomputer”, the UV line features the fifth generation of the SGI NUMAlink interconnect, which offers up a whopping 15 GB/sec transfer rate, as well as direct access up to 16 TB of shared memory. The system will have the ability to be configured with up to 2048 Nehalem-EX cores (via 256 processors, or 128 blades) in a single federation with a single global address space.
According to the SGI website, the UV will come in two flavors:
Altix UV 1000 – designed for maximum scalability, this system ships as a fully integrated cabinet-level solution with up to 256 sockets (2,048 cores) and 16TB of shared memory in four racks.
Altix UV 100 (not pictured) – same design as the UV 1000, but designed for the mid-range market; based on an industry-standard 19″ rackmount 3U form factor. Altix UV 100 scales to 96 sockets (768 cores) and 6TB of shared memory in two racks.
SGI has given quite a bit of techinical information about these servers in this whitepaper, including details about the Nehalem EX architecture that I haven’t even seen from Intel. SGI has also published several customer testimonials, including one from the University of Tennessee – so check it out here.
Hopefully, this is just the first of many announcements to come around the Intel Nehalem EX processor.