Nor-Tech High Performance Clusters with Intel Xeon Phi

The unbeatable performance of Nor-Tech clusters integrated with Intel Xeon Phi and backed by Nor-Tech’s industry-leading service across the globe.

Integrating Nor-Tech clusters with Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors eliminates node bottlenecks, simplifies code modernization, and builds on a power-efficient structure. The bootable Intel Xeon Phi x86_64 CPU host processor offers an integrated architecture for powerful, highly parallel performance that enables deeper insight, innovation, and impact for the most demanding HPC applications.

Supported by a comprehensive technology roadmap and robust ecosystem, the Intel Xeon Phi processor maximizes ROI by using open standards code that is flexible, portable, and reusable well into the future. With up to 72 cores, on-package memory, optional integrated Intel Omni-Path Architecture fabric, the processor delivers highly efficient performance per watt.

Certain highly parallel applications will benefit dramatically by using Intel Xeon Phi processors. To take full advantage of the processor, an application must scale well to over 100 software threads and either make extensive use of vectors or efficiently use more local memory bandwidth than is available on an Intel Xeon processor. Examples of segments with excellent applications include animation, energy, finance, life sciences, manufacturing, medical, public sector, weather, and more. The Intel Xeon Phi processor is a foundational element of the Intel Scalable System.

Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor 7200 Series

With up to 72 out-of-order cores, the Intel Xeon Phi processor delivers over 3 teraFLOPS (floating-point operations per second) of double-precision peak while providing 3.5 times higher performance per watt than the previous generation. As a bootable CPU with integrated architecture, the Intel Xeon Phi processor eliminates PCIe bottlenecks, includes on-package high-bandwidth memory, and available integrated Intel Omni-Path fabric architecture to deliver fast, low-latency performance.

Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor 7100 Series

Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors provide up to 61 cores, 244 threads, and 1.2 teraFLOPS of performance, and they come in a variety of configurations to address diverse hardware, software, workload, performance, and efficiency requirements. They also come in a variety of form factors, including a standard PCIe x 16 form factor (with active, passive, or no thermal solution), and a dense form factor that offers additional design flexibility. This family supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 1.0, which increases core frequencies during peak workloads when thermal conditions allow. Passive and no thermal solution options enable powerful and innovative computing solutions.

Features Benefits
Intel® Many Integrated Cores (MIC) architecture Large numbers of cores and threads enable efficient execution of hundreds of simultaneous tasks to dramatically boost aggregate performance for highly-parallel applications. Up to 3 teraFLOPS of double-precision performance.
Familiar Intel® architecture
programming model
Enables broad reuse of existing code. Also allows developers to use familiar tools and methods and to maintain a common code base for Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors.
Linux hosting capability Can operate as a dependent coprocessor or an independent server node to enable flexible usage models and optimized support for diverse hardware and software environments.
IP Addressable Supports standard clustering models for simple integration into clustered environments
Intel 22 nm technology with 3-D Tri-Gate transistors Provides exceptional compute density and energy efficiency. Power envelopes as low as 225 watts per coprocessor.
Up to 8 coprocessors per host server (requires one PCIe slot per coprocessor) Enables simple scaling of highly-parallel execution resources to deliver desired performance levels.
  • What sets Nor-Tech Apart from every other HPC cluster builder?

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    • We start with the right tools for the job such as HPC-class RAM memory and Enterprise/Datacenter hard drives.
    • All clusters leave Nor-Tech already set to the client’s IP and DNS scheme; setup is plug & play at the client site.
    • We ensure each cluster is fully configured and ready to deploy when it leaves our facility.
    • We provide a complete set of references including user manuals, a network topology guide, and a Visio drawing.
    • We label all cables with ID tags on both ends.
    • We provide a customized bare metal cluster recovery disk.
    • Every client is asked to log into their new cluster just after burn-in completion to verify operation and setup users.
    • We assist clients with job script creation.
    • Our clusters all ship with Storage Guard to alert clients before their clusters run out of space; and ambient temperature monitoring and protection to protect clusters in the event air conditioning fails.
    • Our clients have the option of an onsite spare parts closet for minimum down time in the event of a hardware failure.
    • We guarantee no wait-time support.
    • Everything we sell is built by us in Minnesota and supported by us around the world.
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