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March 28, 2010

Appro upgrades 2- and 4-socket server lines

With support for AMD Opteron 6100 series processor

By CBR Staff Writer

Appro, a provider of supercomputing offerings, has upgraded its entire 2- and 4-socket server lines to the AMD Opteron 6100 Series Processor, which introduces 8- and 12-core x86 processors.

The company claims that the upgrade improves performance and value over prior offerings while maintaining platform consistency that scales for memory- and compute-intensive workloads. The 2- and 4-socket servers based on Opteron 6100 series processor are expected to be available in April 2010.

According to Appro, the Appro Hyper Clusters and Xtreme-X Supercomputer series based on the new Opteron processor feature new technologies designed for HPC such as DDR3 memory support for up to 50% more DIMMS, and up to 66% faster memory performance.

The combination of higher core density, new 5690 chipset and PCI Express Gen 2 enables performance advantages, with up to 48 total cores per node providing high bandwidth up to and exceeding 100GB/second, Appro said.

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In addition, it also doubles the memory bandwidth of previous 2- and 4-sockets server generations while offering choices in energy footprints to match workload and power requirements.

John Lee, VP of advanced technology solutions group at Appro, said: Appro’s upgraded servers and supercomputing solutions based on this new AMD Opteron processors offer a strong HPC value proposition by bringing massive throughput to 2- and 4-socket servers while significantly reducing data bottlenecks.

“This upgrade matches high-performance computing requirements needing higher memory and I/O bandwidth combined with energy efficient features while also representing Appro’s continued growth in large-scale cluster deployments with price/performance leadership.”

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