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SGI Rolls Out Altix ICE 8400 HPC Server Blades

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SGI's HPC blade servers feature the latest chips from Intel and AMD. The Altix ICE 8400 also includes a better InfiniBand I/O architecture. Three of the new server blades use Intel Xeon 5600 chips. The other two run on Opteron 6100 processors.

SGI is updating its Altix ICE blade servers with the latest x86 processors from both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices and a bulked-up InfiniBand network designed to increase scalability.

SGI's Altix ICE 8400, announced May 5 and aimed at the HPC (high-performance computing) space, can scale as high as 65,536 nodes, and can be powered by either Intel's six-core Xeon 5600 "Westmere EP" processors or AMD's eight- to 12-core Opteron 6100 "Magny-Cours" chips.

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