DELL HAS UNLEASHED the successor to its wildly successful PowerEdge C6220 server that forms the backbone of some of the biggest computer arrays in the world.
The Dell PowerEdge C6320 offers a claimed doubling in speed and a 28 percent power saving, and provides 999 gigaflops on a single server.
The 13th generation machine retains its 2U form factor but reintroduces many management options removed from other models, including iDRAC8 with Life Cycle Controller to allow more granular control over the results. Dell describes it as "high-performance computing for the 99 percent".
Specs include two Intel Xeon E5-2699 processors with up to 18 cores per socket, totalling 144 per 2U chassis. Up to 512GB of DDR4 and 72TB of flexible local storage can be added.
The server can be used in combination with the existing C6220 and the GPU accelerated C4130.
Prior to launch, Dell created a supercomputer for the University of San Diego using 27 C6320 compute nodes, making a total of 1,944 nodes over 46,656 cores.
This is a mere minnow compared with the PowerEdge array at the Texas Advanced Computing Centre at the University of Texas which has nearly half a million cores and is currently number seven on the Top 500 supercomputer list.
Peter Barnes, executive director for enterprise systems at Dell UK, told The INQUIRER: "Very quickly, people who thought they wanted bare metal started to realise that they did want management capabilities after all, so in the product we're launching today we've added back in some of the management features from our other PowerEdge lines.
"This means that the servers can be deployed with the latest and greatest updates and drivers in the field."
Dell has been one of the major beneficiaries of the transition of IBM's x86 business to Lenovo, and has gained 34.4 percent of the UK market.
"We now have the highest market share that we've ever had. The gap between us and HP is just six percent which is the narrowest it's ever been," said Barnes.
"We're very proud of already being number one in the US and, if you follow the lines forward, we're on target to become number one in the UK too."
The C6320 will be available next month starting at $15,799 for a single server with volume discounts for array creation.
PowerEdge servers are already powering the Red Hat deployment at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, from where The INQUIRER will be reporting next month. µ
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