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Silicon Mechanics Servers Leverage Intel Xeon E5-2400

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Silicon Mechanics now offers servers based on the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2400. The E5-2400 product family is a dual-socket server option, which enables higher system densities and easier management than single-socket solutions, the company says.

Silicon Mechanics is using the processors in three1U rackmount servers. The Rackform iServ R304.v3, Rackform iServ R308.v3, and Rackform iServ R309.v3 are all dual-processor servers, built on Sandy Bridge architecture and the Intel C606 chipset (formerly named Patsburg). All come standard with 6 DDR3 DIMM sockets, integrated IPMI with KVM over LAN, 2 Gigabit Ethernet adapters, and an 80 PLUS Gold or Platinum Certified power supply option.

The company also announced that Saint Louis University (SLU) won a high-performance computer cluster donated by Silicon Mechanics and its vendor partners. Silicon Mechanics received nearly 200 applications from universities across the U.S. and Canada for the research grant, but according to a company press release, “SLU s uniquely interdisciplinary proposal stood out from the competition.”

SLU plans to use the hardware for six different research areas: Digital Theology, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Business, and Computer Science. These departments will take advantage of the new cluster for a variety of research projects. For example, the Center for Digital Theology will advance further into the field of paleography, using the cluster to process large sets of digital images of pre-modern manuscripts. The Biology Department will be able to more efficiently analyze the large amounts of data associated with studying climate change in the Andes Mountains, while the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department will run simulations of parachute and cargo drops.

The company plans to award a second computer cluster research grant next year.

For more information, visit Silicon Mechanics.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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