IT Computing

Over a dozen special-purpose accelerators compatible with next-generation OpenPOWER servers that feature the Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) were revealed at the OpenPOWER Summit last week. These accelerators aim to help encourage the use of OpenPOWER based machines for technical and high-performance computing. Most of the accelerators are based on Xilinx high-performance FPGAs, but some feature custom silicon. IBM’s CAPI port is a PCIe 3.0-based interconnection specifically designed for programmable processors (e.g., ASICs, GPUs, FPGAs, etc.) that enables them to address the same memory address space as the CPU. CAPI requires custom hardware incorporated into IBM’s POWER8 processors, which is called the coherent accelerator processor proxy (CAPP), as well as a POWER service layer (PSL) integrated into CAPI-supporting processors. CAPP maintains a directory of cache...

Tyan Introduces 1U POWER8-Based Server for HPC, In-Memory Applications

At this week's OpenPOWER Summit in San Jose, California, Tyan has introduced its new IBM POWER8-based 1U servers designed for high-performance computing (HPC) as well as in-memory applications. The...

35 by Anton Shilov on 4/7/2016

IBM, NVIDIA and Wistron Develop New OpenPOWER HPC Server with POWER8 CPUs

IBM, NVIDIA and Wistron have introduced their second-generation server for high-performance computing (HPC) applications at the OpenPOWER Summit. The new machine is designed for IBM’s latest POWER8 microprocessors, NVIDIA’s...

50 by Anton Shilov on 4/6/2016

The IBM POWER8 Review: Challenging the Intel Xeon

We recently got our hands on a S822L, an dual socket OpenPOWER server. IBM claims that this is an affordable, high performance and highly expandable alternative to the typical...

145 by Johan De Gelas on 11/6/2015

Xeon E3-1200 V4 launch: only with GPU integrated

Intel's server CPU portfolio just got more diversified and complex with the launch of the Intel Xeon E3-1200 V4 at Computex 2015. It is basically the same chip...

55 by Johan De Gelas on 6/3/2015

The Intel Xeon E7-8800 v3 Review: The POWER8 Killer?

The story behind the high-end Xeon has been the same for the past 5 years: Intel's most expensive beats the Oracle alternative in every way you can look at...

146 by Johan De Gelas on 5/8/2015

The Next Generation Open Compute Hardware: Tried and Tested

Open source software has been the basis of most of the innovation in IT the past years: virtualization, the new mobile OS (Android and IOS), the lionshare of new...

25 by Johan De Gelas & Wannes De Smet on 4/28/2015

AMD Exits Dense Microserver Business, Ends SeaMicro Brand

AMD’s Q1’15 earnings announcement just came out a bit ago, and while we’re still waiting for the analyst call to take place to get more details, there is one...

57 by Ryan Smith on 4/16/2015

Intel Announces Broadwell vPro Processors: Wireless Docking and More

While Intel formally announced availability of Broadwell-U processors at CES this year, vendors did not actually have any devices available for purchase containing Intel vPro technology. Today that changes...

15 by Stephen Barrett on 1/29/2015

ARM Challenging Intel in the Server Market: An Overview

Calxeda is no more, but many ARM licensees are preparing to storm the server market. Do they have a have fighting chance? Is the server ARMada capable of competing...

78 by Johan De Gelas on 12/16/2014

Western Digital to Acquire Skyera

Western Digital, or its enterprise arm HGST to be exact, has today announced that it will be acquiring all-flash array provider Skyera. The terms of the transaction have not...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 12/15/2014

ASRock X99 WS-E/10G Motherboard Review: Dual 10GBase-T for Prosumers

For a number of months I have been wondering when 10GBase-T would be getting some prime time in the consumer market. Aside from add-in cards, there was no onboard...

43 by Ian Cutress on 12/15/2014

GIGABYTE Server MD60-SC0 Motherboard Review: Haswell-EP with QSFP

Ever since GIGABYTE’s Server team and I first started discussing reviews, it was interesting to see what a purely B2B (business to business) unit could do. Since then, GIGABYTE...

16 by Ian Cutress on 12/3/2014

Intel Haswell-EP Xeon 14 Core Review: E5-2695 V3 and E5-2697 V3

Moving up the Xeon product stack, the larger and more complicated the die, the lower the yield. Intel sells its 14-18 core Xeons from a top end design that...

43 by Ian Cutress on 11/20/2014

Intel Haswell-EP Xeon 12 Core Review: E5-2650L V3 and E5-2690 V3

As part of our Haswell-EP coverage, the next two processors on our test beds are both 12 core variants. The E5-2650L V3 is a surprising monster, giving 12 Haswell...

52 by Ian Cutress on 11/6/2014

Skyera Releases skyHawk FS All-Flash Array: Up to 136TB of NAND in 1U

Our enterprise storage coverage has mainly been focused on individual enterprise SSDs from the likes of Intel and Micron, but there's a lot of interesting action in the storage...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 10/29/2014

Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 and E5-2650 v3 Review: Haswell-EP with 10 Cores

During September we managed to get hold of some Haswell-EP samples for a quick run through our testing suite. The Xeon E5 v3 range extends beyond that of the...

27 by Ian Cutress on 10/13/2014

HP Splits In Half: Consumer & Enterprise Businesses To Separate

After a weekend of rumors spurred on by a Wall Street Journal report, HP has confirmed this morning that the company intends to split in half next year. The...

16 by Ryan Smith on 10/6/2014

HP, AppliedMicro and TI Bring New ARM Servers to Retail

Yesterday HP announced retail availability of two ARM based servers, the ProLiant m400 and m800. Each are offered in a server cartridge as part of the Moonshot System. A...

34 by Stephen Barrett on 9/30/2014

Lenovo Acquisition of IBM's x86 Server Business Closing October 1

Lenovo announced today that they have satisfied the conditions needed to complete the acquisition of IBM's x86 server business, and the parties expect to finalize the deal and close...

18 by Jarred Walton on 9/29/2014

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