SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

Summary: With the potential to be an entire HPC cloud in a single box, SGI gives Windows Server a power up.

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"It slices, dices, chops, and peels!"

Well not really, but the SGI Altix UV 1000, fully configured and freshly certified by Microsoft, can be partitioned to hold multiple physical instances of Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition, each instance of which can run multiple VMs on Microsoft Hypervisor, making the Altix UV 1000 a potential Windows Azure Cloud in a box solution.

The box itself is capable of supporting up to a maximum of 2048 cores and 16 TB of main memory; Windows Server Datacenter Edition is only capable of supporting up to 1 TB of memory and 128 cores, hence the need to use hardware partitioning to get the most out of the box. A report in The Register quoted Sunny Sundstrom, director of product marketing at SGI, as saying that SGI and Microsoft are working on a certification of the Microsoft OS that will be able to span 256 cores and 2TB of memory.

Given the trend with in-memory database servers, that could be a significant hardware advantage for SGI, when compared with other Windows Server implementations. It should be noted that this certification from Microsoft means it's a standard version of Windows Server 2008 TR2; there are no special changes or tweaks for Windows Server applications to run in this configuration. So customers who find that they are hardware bound in their current server implementations will have the opportunity to move to a much more capable platform, without the need to touch any custom .NET coding or any of their existing applications already running on Windows Server 2008 R2.

It's interesting to see the impact of the cloud on this type of technology.  There was a time when an announcement for a "supercomputer" class system would have been accompanied by a host of benchmark results with the crowning glory being something certified by the Transaction Processing Performance Council benchmark.  SGI states that benchmark data with Windows Server and SQL Server will be forthcoming, but the mindset for this type of hardware is now much more forward focused, with the cachet of cloud computing being more of a hook for the attention of potential purchases.

Topics: Servers, Data Centers, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • Kinda like a luxury bus to carry 256 passenger at 200 mph ....

    instead of a super fast car that can carry ONE passenger at 256 mph.<br>Step in the right direction.
    kd5auq
    • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

      @kd5auq : you mean Windows is akin to a luxury bus equipped with a Corvette engine with leather seats.

      The problem's must companies realize they don't need that kinda stuff.

      They need a TGV train (aka Linux) with dedicated infrastructure, no tail pipe and a 250 mph speed limit.

      Although, after much thought, I think my DBA (SQL Server 2005) would be trilled to have 1TB of memory just to host our Managed code stored procedure.
      cosuna
      • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

        @cosuna on Super Computers setup to dual boot either Linux or Windows the latter shows a slightly higher efficiency (Peak vs Real Flops). Of course, cost is really a bigger factor and Linux would be cheaper. But Windows HPC showed itself to be as fast as as cluster optimized Linux. And actually a leetle bit faster. The extra speed is probably all due to the higher efficiency interconnect protocol.

        Me I prefer Windows because I like the developer eco-system better than linux. That said, I think Linux is a fine OS and has its own advantages.
        DevGuy_z
      • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

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    DonnieBoy
    • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

      @DonnieBoy <br>yes, exactly the people like you need it. <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/grin.gif" alt="grin">
      Ram U
    • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

      @DonnieBoy
      Funny how many Linux hardware or virtualization firms seem to be having to support Windows. I worked with one firm that thought they would take the fortune 100 by storm, only to be told until you have Windows Server we won't even talk to you by most of those firms.

      Somehow your reality of claiming that only idiots use Windows and all the smart folks us Linux does not seem to jibe with successful business practices.
      oldsysprog
      • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

        @oldsysprog :

        If by "successful business practices" you mean enforcing IE6 web page compatibility and programming in classic ASP, you are surely in the front line of technology, my friend.

        Don't confuse Legacy with state of the art. Companies need Windows for legacy sake (most Windows Servers 2008 R2 are indeed running ASP and COM+), but use Linux servers for high end functionality (traffic sniffers, malware detectors, stress tests, etc.)
        cosuna
      • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

        @oldsysprog Microsoft anti-trust practices have had a stranglehold on American technology. Mixed environments are necessary to support Exchange and Microsoft also works to create dependencies that force the use of additional Microsoft products, and this has slowed Linux adoption - that's true. But this should not be something you're happy about. It's criminal and it allows MS to bloat prices ridiculously high. Not only that, you have Windows techs that never learned to use any other OS and therefore propagate the use of Win-ware unnecessarily in companies for their own benefit. This is also something you should not be happy about. It means that incompetence and lack of training are driving corporate policy instead of competition or efficiency. <br>If you are an IT professional and have not at least considered a mixed platform environment at this time I have no respect for you, you need to quit and get into another line of work.
        Socratesfoot
    • So insult anybody that uses Windows over Linux.

      @DonnieBoy

      So I say that the average IQ or people using Linux is even lower - You're proof of that.

      Tell us the truth, your mommy was the one that had to come down to the basement and help you get your Linux network up and running.
      Will Farrell
    • Guys, why are you so sensitive about this. Point and click idiots I guess

      do need to eat too.
      DonnieBoy
      • You're proof of that Donnieboy

        @DonnieBoy
        Remember I caught you eating out of google's trash can? What was your response? Oh yeah, I remember what you said - "hey us idiots have to eat too you know!"
        Will Farrell
      • LOL!

        @Will Farrell

        :)
        John Zern
      • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

        @Will Farrell
        LOL! :D
        Ram U
      • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

        @DonnieBoy
        Point and Click idiots have more brains than you it seems.
        Ram U
      • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

        @DonnieBoy

        The reason is Donnie that the adults are talking and then you pop up. You've demonstrated no knowledge, no development experience and your dialogue is the equivalent of the four year old at the adult party running around swearing incessantly. Now some adults may find this cute, but a surprising number want to grab you, wash your mouth out with soap and lock you in your room.

        Children should be seen and not heard, but in your case lets make it not seen as well ;-)
        tonymcs@...
      • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

        @ tonymcs@...

        Very well put. :)
        WilErz
    • They support idiots of every flavor

      @DonnieBoy, I checked out their website, and they support multiple OSs, including Novell, Redhat, and, of course, Windows Server 2008, so I guess you could say that they are an equal opportunity idiot supporter.
      itpro_z
      • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

        @itpro_z
        LOL. ;-)
        Ram U
    • RE: SGI introduces monster Windows Server for datacenters

      Everyone responding to DonnieBoy. Please do not feed the troll.
      bmonsterman