Hot products from SC13

Some of the biggest new products rolled out at SC13

Super supercomputers
Super supercomputers

This year’s SC13 show in Denver saw a number of new products – everything from cooling systems to monolithic storage units to accelerators – variously teased, debuted, rolled out and released. Here’s a look through a few of the most noteworthy.

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Micron Automata Processor
Micron Automata Processor

Micron’s Automata Processor is essentially a processor on a memory stick, aimed at providing robust search capabilities for unstructured data. The company advertises the AP as particularly suited for bioinformatics, video analytics, and network security.

AVAILABILITY: An SDK and testing tools will be available early next year.

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Extreme Networks Summit X770
Extreme Networks Summit X770

The Summit X770 is a 1U top-of-rack switch, which Extreme says possesses the highest L2/3 density 10GbE and 40GbE connectivity ever in a device of its size and function. It’s also got SDN capability in the form of OpenStack and OpenFlow support.

AVAILABILITY:  Dec. 24

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AMD FirePro S10000 12GB edition
AMD FirePro S10000 12GB edition

Following the trend of graphics hardware being used as accelerators for HPC applications, AMD’s FirePro S10000 12GB edition is a high-end server GPU designed specifically for HPC purposes, complete with OpenCL optimization.

AVAILABILITY: Spring 2014

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Huawei OceanStor 18000 line
Huawei OceanStor 18000 line

While the Chinese company’s outsized 18000 series of OceanStor HPC storage appliances – which can handle more than 3,200 individual drives, 16 controllers and 3TB of cache – isn’t a new release, its availability in the U.S. wasn’t announced until Tuesday.

AVAILABILITY: Now

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DataDirect Networks SFA12KX
DataDirect Networks SFA12KX

Although the name doesn’t give much away, DDN’s SFA12KX is a high-performance storage appliance designed to provide 48GBps of throughput and a max capacity of 6.72PB.

AVAILABILITY: By year end

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Intel “Knights Landing” Xeon Phi
Intel “Knights Landing” Xeon Phi

Intel’s Xeon Phi accelerators have quickly become popular for HPC use, featured in the world’s current fastest supercomputer, China’s Tianhe-2. The company released details on its next Xeon Phi architecture, dubbed “Knights Landing,” which promises simpler and more efficient processing.

AVAILABILITY: Unknown

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NVIDIA Tesla K40
NVIDIA Tesla K40

Another major new HPC accelerator, NVIDIA’s Tesla K40 packs 12GB of GDDR5 memory and is heavily optimized for use in scientific and big data applications. The K40 uses 2,880 individual CUDA cores, and can automatically create new processing threads for optimal efficiency.

AVAILABILITY: Now

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