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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.