|[November 16, 2012]
Numascale Launches Scalable Shared Memory at Cluster Prices at SC12 in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY --(Business Wire)--
NumaConnect Adapter cards deliver true plug-and-play connectivity
between standard servers running a single pristine OS image. The
hardware-controlled ccNuma environment allows applications to have fast
access to the aggregate memory of all servers in the system. NumaChip is
fabricated by IBM (News - Alert) and was seen operating with IBM x3755 at SC12 in Salt
Lake City, Utah.
NumaConnect enables very large shared memory systems built from
commodity servers at the price point of high-end clusters. This
combination sets a new level of price/capability/performance that has
never before been demonstrated with x86 processors. Systems built with
NumaConnect run standard operating systems and all x86 applications.
NumaConnect provides a record-breaking main memory capacity of up to
256TBytes in a single commodity-based system. "Customers with Big Data
problems are excited by the ability to directly address any record
anywhere in their entire data set in a microsecond or less," says Einar
Rustad, co-founder and VP of Numascale.
"Tis is orders of magnitude faster than clusters or systems based on
any form of existing mass-storage devices and will enable data analysis
and decision support applications to be applied in new and innovative
ways," says Kåre Løchsen, Numascale founder and CEO. He adds, "It is
also worth mentioning that pilot customers have been surprised by the
ease of use through statements like: 'Using Numaconnect shared memory
clusters is just like running programs on my desktop, just much more
The technology is being tested for oil exploration applications by
Statoil and for general HPC datacenter use by the University of Oslo.
Some of the main applications planned in Oslo include bioscience and
computational chemistry. The EU project PRACE has financed a 72-node
cluster of IBM x3755s for proving the technology.
NumaConnect works with AMD (News - Alert) Opteron-based servers connecting to
HyperTransport and directly addressable, shared memory can be up to
NumaConnect provides system-wide cache coherency logic with a
directory-based protocol that scales to 4096 nodes where each node can
have up to three multicore processors. The cache coherency logic is
implemented in an ASIC together with interconnect fabric circuitry with
routing tables for multi-dimensional Torus topologies. This type of
fabric is very scalable and the same topology is used in the world's
NumaConnect starts shipping in December for use with servers from IBM,
Supermicro, and AIC.
Numascale has offices in Europe, Asia, and USA, and is supported by:
Statoil, ProVenture, Investinor, Innovation Norway (News - Alert), Norges
forskningsråd, and Eurostars.
NumaConnect allows high-volume manufactured server boards to be used as
building blocks for systems with features that are only found in the
high-end enterprise servers. NumaConnect includes full support for
virtualization of processing, memory, and I/O resources, and can be used
with standard operating systems.
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