Datacenter Trends

PowerWulf HPC Clusters Launch with Intel Datacenter Blocks

The next-gen high-performance computing clusters are being touted as the an "evolutionary leap" for scalability.

PSSC Labs, a developer of custom high-performance computing (HPC) and Big Data computing solutions, is making its PowerWulf HPC clusters available with Intel's new Xeon Scalable Processors and its Omni-Path HPC Fabric, the company announced recently.

The Xeon Scalable platform is based on a built-from-the-ground-up core, and Intel is billing it as "the foundation for a powerful datacenter platform that creates an evolutionary leap in agility and scalability." It offers up to 28 cores and 56 threads per processor, and boasts a 50 percent increase in memory channels and 20 percent more PCIe lanes compared with the prior generation.

Intel is billing its Omni-Path HPC Fabric offering as "the Next HPC Fabric." The successor to Intel's True Scale Fabric, this optimized HPC fabric is designed to scale tens of thousands of nodes while remaining compatible with InfiniBand APIs.

Lake Forest, Calif.-based PSSC Labs built its PowerWulf clusters with Intel's Data Center Blocks, which are fully validated compute blocks designed to help reduce the complexity of configuring and validating the foundational components of an HPC solution in the datacenter.

The PowerWulf HPC clusters also come with PSSC Labs' CBeST (Complete Beowulf Software Toolkit), the company's own cluster management software package for delivering a preconfigured solution with the necessary hardware, network settings and cluster management software, prior to shipping. CBeST is used to manage, monitor, maintain and upgrade the cluster system.

"With its component structure, CBeST is the most flexible cluster management software package available," the company said.

"Intel's integrated and fully-validated Data Center Blocks enables PSSC Labs to deliver more efficient and turnkey approach and reduce time to market, complexity and the costs of system design, validation and integration," said Alex Lesser, EVP of PSSC Labs, in a statement. "Partnering with Intel allows us to offer our customers the latest hardware options in our line of custom turn-key PowerWulf HPC clusters for a variety of applications across government, academic and commercial environments." 

The PowerWulf clusters are available on two operating systems: Red Hat SUSE and CentOS Linux.

About the Author

John has been covering the high-tech beat from Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly two decades. He serves as Editor-at-Large for Application Development Trends ( and contributes regularly to Redmond Magazine, The Technology Horizons in Education Journal, and Campus Technology. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Everything Guide to Social Media; The Everything Computer Book; Blobitecture: Waveform Architecture and Digital Design; John Chambers and the Cisco Way; and Diablo: The Official Strategy Guide.


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