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HPE SGI 8600 System - Overview

Product description

The HPE SGI 8600 is a liquid cooled, tray-based, high-density clustered computer system designed from the ground up to deliver the utmost in performance, scale and density. The basic building block of the HPE SGI 8600 system is the E-cell. The E-cell consists of (2) 42U high E-racks which are separated by a cooling rack. The E-cell is a sealed unit, uses closed-loop cooling technology and does not exhaust heated air into the data center. A direct attached liquid cooled cold sink provides for efficient heat removal from high power devices including processors, GPUs and switches VIA an auxiliary Cooling Distribution Unit (CDU).


Product features

There are 4 topologies supported in the HPE SGI 8600:
  • Fat tree

  • All to All

  • Hypercube

  • Enhaced hypercube

Outstanding performance in an industry standard cluster
  • The HPE SGI 8600 System is a liquid cooled, tray-based, scalable, high-density clustered computer system designed from the ground up to run complex High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads at petaflop speeds

  • Compute nodes are available with the Intel Xeon processor scalable family, the Intel Xeon Phi processor, or the Intel Xeon processor scalable family with NVIDIA Tesla SXM2 GPUs

  • Performant interconnect technologies coupled with leading HPE MPI software have delivered world record performance for major message passing benchmarks

Designed to scale efficiently to thousands of nodes
  • The HPE SGI 8600 System is based on a compact E-Cell design with up to 36 trays, 144 nodes, and 288 Intel Xeon Processor scalable family sockets per rack with integrated dual plane switching, power and cooling

  • The HPE Enhanced Hypercube interconnect technology enables straight forward, effective scaling without use of any external switches

  • Reduce operational costs through superior power and cooling efficiency coupled with advanced power management which can limit power use at job, node, rack and system level

Easy to use and manage
  • The HPE SGI 8600 System runs industry standard Operating Systems (OS). Different nodes can run different OS allowing a broad range of standard Linux applications to run simultaneously to support differing user requirements and quicker times to solutions

  • Robust system management tools can provision thousands of nodes in minutes, perform proactive health management to avoid costly downtime from memory errors and enable scaling systems seamlessly with multi-generation processors

  • Optimized, validated and integrated software ecosystem based on leading Hewlett Packard Enterprise software, commercial software and open source software

Compute Enclosure Detail
The compute enclosure is a 10.5U high chassis assembly that provides power, cooling, system control, and network fabric for up to nine compute tray slots via a midplane.
The features of the compute enclosure are as follows:
  • Nine compute tray slots

  • Nine power supply slots

  • Four IB switch blade slots

  • One CMC slot

  • One power/signal midplane


Software overview

Operating System (OS)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

  • CentOS 7

HPE Management
HPE Performance Cluster Manager
HPE Workload Managers
  • Altair PBS Professional

  • Adaptive Computing Moab HPC Suite

  • Slurm Workload Manager

Programming languages, debuggers, libraries
  • Intel Parallel Studio XE, Intel VTune Amplifier XE

  • PGI Professional Edition

  • Rogue Wave Software TotalView

  • Allinea Forge

  • HPE Performance Software - Message Passing Interface

  • Mellanox HPC-X: Open MPI, OpenSHMEM, Berkeley UPC, MXM, FCA

  • NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit, OpenCL, OpenACC


Link to QuickSpecs

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