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Dell aims new PowerEdge server at HPC, big data deployments

Dell's bet is that HPC and big data deployments are ultimately going to merge in the enterprise.

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Dell on Tuesday launched a new PowerEdge server that's designed to handle high-performance computing workloads.

The PowerEdge C6320 can provide up to double the performance of the previous model and deliver 999 gigaflops on a server. Dell said Comet, which is a new supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center uses 27 racks of the C6320. That deployment equates to 46,656 cores and 1,944 nodes.

Server vendors are targeting high-performance computing as a proving ground for enterprise deployments of private clouds and big data efforts.

The PowerEdge C6320 comes in a 2U chassis.

Dell's bet is that HPC and big data deployments are ultimately going to merge in the enterprise. Dell is looking to combine the C6320 with its converged systems designed for VMware deployments and appliances for cloud deployments.

In addition, Dell is looking to pair its PowerEdge C4130, a GPU-heavy system with the C6320.

The key specs for the C6320 include:

  • Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors;
  • 18 cores per socket or 144 cores per 2U chassis;
  • 512GB of DDR4 memory;
  • 72TB of flexible storage.

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