Need to know what a supercomputer seems like? Then do that 224-core monster server
European public cloud Scaleway has unleashed what it claims to be probably the most highly effective naked steel server in the marketplace proper now. Its Naked Metallic Final Efficiency XL (UP-BM2-XL) server is an announcement of intent as a lot as it’s a halo product.
It is powered by eight Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors, every with 28 cores/56 threads clocked at as much as 2.7GHz. Intel’s beneficial buyer value for every is $10,009 – a big premium on account of the truth that it helps eight sockets.
There’s additionally 7.68TB reminiscence (6.1TB of DCPMM Optane and 1.5GB TruDDR4), 20.6TB storage (six 3.2TB NVMe enterprise grade SSDs) and as much as 25Gbit/s of accessible bandwidth.
The answer, Scaleway says, is “designed for on-demand intensive computing, In-Reminiscence or transactional databases, and all workloads incompatible with horizontal scaling”, making it splendid for SAP and VMware. Provided that ThinkSystem is talked about within the technical specification checklist, we suspect the server used is a Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950.
Customers are billed per hour reasonably than per 30 days; at €29.99/h (£26.80/$35.60), it’s undoubtedly not for the faint of coronary heart. However then once more, one in all these Cascade Lake-SP Xeon CPUs (bear in mind there’s eight of them) can attain 2TFlops/sec (theoretical peak efficiency on AVX-512 directions).
20 years in the past, the world’s strongest pc was the Intel-powered ASCI Pink. It had almost 10,000 cores, a peak efficiency of three.21TFlops and had a cool price ticket of $55 million.
Scaleway operates six datacenters throughout Europe and focuses on hosting, devoted servers and colocation.