SGI ICE is SGI\'s flagship scale-out platform which combines speed, scale, and efficiency to provide the most powerful distributed-memory supercomputers in the world.
New SGI ICE XA
To address the increasing size and volume of HPC workloads, SGI has developed a 6th generation supercomputer, SGI ICE XA. Extending SGI\'s technology leadership, ICE XA enables scientists, researchers and engineers to achieve and accelerate computational breakthroughs at petascale and with high return on investment.
Fully leverage leading commercial applications as well as in-house developed codes using industry-standard, state-of-the art x86, Linux, and integrated InfiniBand and Intel® Omni-Path technologies Enjoy optimum flexibility in processor and accelerator mix, blade and storage configuration, and network topology to meet specific workload requirements Reduce operational costs through superior power and cooling efficiency coupled with advanced SGI software for system, health and power management Power up and be production-ready in hours to days, not weeks to months Grow existing ICE clusters by adding next generation nodes and without user interruption Capitalize on SGI\'s path to Exascale and continuing innovation to solve Terascale and Petascale problems
SGI ICE XA is designed to run complex HPC workloads at petaflop speed. Compute nodes are available with either the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 series or the Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor - SGI\'s expertise in maximizing Xeon performance is reflected in successive world records to include SPEC MPI2007 benchmarks for the Xeon® E5-2600 v4. The Intel® Xeon® E5 nodes can be further augmented with Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors or NVIDIA® GPU Accelerators. In addition, SGI Application Engineers have extensive expertise tuning systems to specific workload environments. What matters most is that SGI\'s performance leadership extends from the laboratory to customer sites, which utilizing pure Intel® Xeon®, Intel® Omni-Path, InfiniBand and Linux technology includes some of the most powerful commercial supercomputers in the TOP500.
SGI ICE XA can provide up to 223 teraflops per rack and grow to tens of thousands of nodes with minimal increase in overhead. Choose from three high-density blade types - a quad node compute blade delivering maximum Intel® Xeon® processor capabilities, a dual node Intel® Xeon® processor compute blade that coupled with HDD/SSD drives or PCI-e slots increases processing and I/O capabilities, or a quad node Intel® Xeon Phi™ based blade. Blade enclosures provide power, cooling, system control, and network fabric for up to 9 compute blades via an integrated midplane, and up to four enclosures in a single rack. SGI ICE XA utilizes industry-standard InfiniBand and Intel® Omni-Path networking with complete flexibility in topology. Choose from All-to-All, Fat Tree, Hypercube, or Enhanced Hypercube fabrics with single or dual plane to best meet performance, size, application, and budget needs. ICE XA runs standard SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server, Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, or CentOS. Different Linux operating systems can be provisioned on different nodes, thereby allowing a broad range of Linux-based HPC applications to run simultaneously.
Energy efficiency and green computing are increasingly important requirements for supercomputers. SGI has been a principal innovator and champion in this area for many years delivering industry leading Megaflop per Watt technology for x86 platforms. ICE XA extends SGI\'s leadership in power and cooling efficiency with 2nd generation SGI Cell technology. Systems are deployed in sealed E-Cells, with multiple cells connected to form large systems. Closed-Loop Airflow ensures no air from within the cell is mixed with data center air. E-Cells also utilize facility-supplied water for cooling and will not add heat to the data center if the water temperature is within 45-90 degrees Fahrenheit (7-32C). Often 30% or more efficient than industry competitors, this high 90F Room Neutral water temperature can save millions in cooling costs.