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Dell Introduces PowerEdge Server With Latest Opteron Processor

The "hyperscale-inspired server," intended for high-performance computing applications such as video rendering, virtualization, and electronic design automation, uses AMD 12-core chips and can deliver can deliver a maximum of 96 cores in a 2U rack.

Dell PowerEdge C6145 Server
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Dell PowerEdge C6145 Server

Dell has introduced a PowerEdge server that can fit in a 2U rack with Advanced Micro Devices' latest Opteron processors to deliver up to 96 cores for high-performance computing.

Dell is calling the PowerEdge C6145 a "hyperscale-inspired server," because two systems, each with four of AMD's new 12-core Opteron chips, can deliver a maximum of 96 cores in a 2U rack measuring 3.5 inches high and 19 inches wide. The C6145 stems from Dell's customer design work in large data centers and cloud computing environments, executives say.

The new server is available with AMD's Opteron 6180 SE, the latest high performance server processor from the chipmaker. The 6180 SE has 12 cores and a clock speed for 2.5 GHz. AMD also released on Monday a 12-core mainstream model, the 2.3 GHz 6176, and three eight-core Opterons. All five chips are member of AMD's new Opteron 6100 series.

The Dell C6145 is designed for HPC applications, video rendering, virtualization, and electronic design automation. All the applications require a large amount of computational power through large core count, high memory density, and lots of I/O expansion. Besides core count, the C6145 scales to up 1 TB of memory.

The new server is scheduled to be available at the end of the month. Dell did not disclose pricing.

Dell also introduced on Monday the PowerEdge R715 and R815. The latter ships with AMD's 6000 series Opterons, unveiled almost a year ago, while the latter has the 6100 series chips. The 6000 series marked the launch of AMD's first eight- and 12-core processors. The 6000 and 6100 series chips use the same G34 socket, so systems using the older chips can be upgraded with the latest, faster processors. Starting price for the R715 is $2,303, while the R815 starts at $3,858.

Along with the latest AMD-based servers, Dell also upgraded its entire line of two-socket, PowerEdge server with Intel's latest Xeon 5600 series Westmere-EP processors. The upgrade includes four blade servers, seven rack servers, and three tower servers. The Xeon 5600 series comprises four- and six-core processors.

Forrest Norrod, VP and general manager of Dell's server platforms, says the latest announcement reflects the trend toward more cores in servers to run more applications within a virtualized system. "These powerful new server technologies help customers to do more with less and achieve better business results," he said in a statement. "PowerEdge servers help improve business productivity while prioritizing technology spending within decreasing budgets."

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