LONDON ClearSpeed Technology and IBM have extended their partnership for building powerful supercomputer installations by integrating ClearSpeed Advance accelerator boards into the IBM System Cluster 1350 range of computers.
ClearSpeed (Bristol, England) Advance boards can each perform double precision floating point matrix multiplication calculations at 50-Gigaflops at a power consumption of 25-W, ClearSpeed said.
The collaboration follows a recent design win from ClusterVision BV (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) to build three supercomputing networks for the University of Bristol in the west of England.
"IBM's selection of ClearSpeed validates the inclusion of coprocessor technology as a key component in the next wave of high performance computing (HPC) architectures," said Tom Beese, CEO for ClearSpeed.
"Our expanded relationship with IBM broadens the worldwide availability of the ClearSpeed Advance boards beyond Top 500-class systems to include the wider community of HPC customers looking to increase their system's floating-point performance without substantially impacting their energy or facilities costs."
At the heart of ClearSpeed's products is the CSX600, an embedded parallel processor with 96 cores that executes up to 25 billion 64-bit floating point operations per second while consuming less than 10W. The company says the device is the world's fastest and most power-efficient 64-bit floating point processor.
Separately, ClearSpeed said Tuesday (27 June) it has developed a smaller form-factor, RoHS-compliant version of its Advance accelerator board. This, the company revealed, is also part of the supercomputer architecture being readied for Bristol University.
Preliminary performance tests with two ClearSpeed Advance accelerator boards in Intel's newly-announced dual-core Xeon Processor Series 5100 (previously code named Woodcrest) system delivered a Linpack benchmark result of over 93 GFlops. The base system with two 3GHz processors has a theoretical peak performance of 48 GFlops.
The smaller format board plugs into industry standard workstations and servers without any modification. Microsoft Windows XP and Linux operating systems (Red Hat and SUSE) are supported. Drivers are currently available for x86 and x86-64 systems.