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IBM Forging Bigger Power8 Systems, Adding FPGA Acceleration

Enterprise Tech Systems Edition (28/7/2014) Timothy Prickett Morgan

IBM launched its first servers based on the Power8 processors back in April, and the initial machines were aimed at scale-out clusters as well as at customers needing a modest standalone machine with one or two processor sockets to run their workloads. Big Blue was expected to focus initially on these scale-out machines, and was pretty vague about its plans for larger systems that gang up many more processors and larger memory footprints to go along with it.

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BP Fires Up 2.2 Petaflops Cluster for Oil Exploration

There is an arms race in the oil and gas industry, and the weapon of choice is a server cluster. Energy industry giant BP has opened the doors on a new datacenter in Houston that it says houses the “world’s largest supercomputer for commercial research,” weighing in at more than 2.2 petaflops.

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