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HP Technology at Supercomputing 2009 video

Take a look around HP’s technologies at Supercomputing 2009 in Portland: new ProLiant SL, Unified Cluster Portfolio, HP POD, NVIDIA Accelerator, Converged Infrastructure, double dense blades

New products and solutions built for extreme scale computing environments introduced at Supercomputing 09 conference (SCO9)

By Erin Collopy

This week, HP’s high-performance computing (HPC) team lands in Portland for the annual Supercomputing 09 conference (SCO9), where they’ll be meeting with loads of customers, partners, press and industry analysts to discuss the hot new technologies and trends in HPC.

To coincide with SC09, HP announced a whole host of new products and solutions built for extreme scale computing environments, including 2 powerful new ProLiant servers which are on display at the event.

The HP ProLiant BL2x220c G6 is an updated version of the innovative 2-in1 blade server that HP introduced last year. Delivering the compute power of 2 blade servers in the physical space of 1, the BL2x220 is perfect for HPC environments who are not only focused on maximum performance, but who are also often hitting the wall in terms of physical floor space and/or power. It has 33 percent higher memory capacity than the previous generation and delivers excellent energy efficiency.

The first AMD processor based SL-server, the HP ProLiant SL165z G6 uses HP’s innovative “skinless” system architecture built on a lightweight rail and tray design to dramatically reduce capital, facilities and shipping costs while using a fraction of the space normally required within a data center. The SL165z’s ultra-efficient, modular design lowers server power consumption by18% and costs by 10%.

Come by HP’s SC09 booth 1025 at SC09 in Portland this week and be among the first to get hands-on with these hot new servers.

HP blades dominate TOP500 supercomputer list

By Steve Cumings, director of marketing, Scalable Computing & Infrastructure, HP

The latest TOP500 list of the world's largest supercomputers was announced this week at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 09) in Hamburg, Germany.

HP leads the TOP500 the current June 2009 list with 212 systems (42%). IBM comes in #2 with 188 systems on the list (37%).  The most interesting trend we see is the continued shift towards clustered, standards-based solutions, such as HP BladeSystem.

In fact, HP BladeSystem c-Class is the fastest growing architecture in the history of the TOP500 list.  Of HP’s 212 systems on the current TOP500 list, 207 (95%) are HP BladeSystem. This number is up from 201 HP BladeSystem entries on the last list published in November 2008. 

The word’s largest supercomputers, once limited to academics and research laboratories, today power a far more diverse set of businesses. Some of the world's largest super computers are driving digital media creation used in animated movies and for special effects and run many of the popular Web 2.0 applications we use today, such as social networks and Web-based content sharing sites.  

Learn more about HP's high-performance computing offerings here.

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