SRC COMPUTERS PREVIEWS MAJOR INNOVATION IN SERVER ARCHITECTURE AT SC2000.
SRC Computers, the company founded by legendary computer architect Seymour R. Cray, will discuss an innovative approach to high performance computing at this year's SC2000 show in Dallas, Texas, this week (November 4-10).
The company will preview Serial Number 1 of its forthcoming SRC-6 computer, showcasing the architecturi that company officials say represents both Seymour Cray's final design and "the next big thing" in high performance computing (HPC (Handheld PC) A palmtop computer that weighs less than one pound and runs specialized versions of popular applications. Microsoft coined the term for its Windows CE operating system, which is an abbreviated version of Windows. See Pocket PC. ).
The SRC-6 computer, which the company will introduce in 2001, combines up to 512 Intel(R) based microprocessors with reconfigurable, field programmable gate array See FPGA. (FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) A type of gate array that is programmed in the field rather than in a semiconductor fab. Containing up to hundreds of thousands of gates, there are a variety of FPGA architectures on the market. ) technologies to deliver unparalleled computing power at an affordable cost.
"The SRC-6 is the first machine to combine the irrefutable Intel price/performance curve with the explosion occurring in FPGA technology in a general-purpose HPC architecture," said Michael Henesey, vice president of marketing and sales at SRC Computers. "The implications for both peak and sustained performance measurements are staggering. By delivering up to 512 Intel processors on a common memory switch, and then adding over 5 billion gates of configurable logic, the SRC-6 shatters convention and promises substantial performance gains for both technical and commercial applications including Internet infrastructure."
Targeted applications for the new machine include performance-intensive codes in areas such as bioinformatics, signal and image processing, business intelligence and data mining, scientific and technical computing, and some Internet infrastructure applications.
SRC Computers makes innovative use of commodity microprocessors and reconfigurable computing technologies to provide fast, powerful, cost-effective computing systems for the engineering and scientific markets and segments of the Internet economy. SRC (SouRCe) Contrast with DST, which is an abbreviation of "destination." was established by Seymour R. Cray, a visionary giant in the field of supercomputing, and the company's forthcoming SRC-6 computer will embody the architecture conceptualized by Cray before his death in an automobile accident in 1996.
A premier conference on high performance computing and networking, SC2000 is sponsored by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, www.ieee.org) A membership organization that includes engineers, scientists and students in electronics and allied fields. ) Computer Society, the Association for Computing Machinery See ACM.
Association for Computing Machinery - Association for Computing (ACM), and the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGARCH SIGARCH Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (ACM) ).