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SGI Unveils Their New Octane III Personal Supercomputer

Octane III Personal Supercomputer (Images courtesy SGI)
By Andrew Liszewski

While SGI will probably never be remembered for their business prowess, there’s no denying they had some nice hardware back in the day. But it looks like the company is back at it with their new Octane III Personal Supercomputer announced yesterday. With a one-by-two-foot form factor and a wall of fans you probably don’t want this thing sitting on your desk, but if you need the computing horsepower you won’t be disappointed to hear that the Octane III can accommodate up to 80-high performance cores and almost 1TB of memory. The system will be available in a wide variety of CPU configurations, and here’s just a few to give you an idea of what kind of processing power we’re talking about:

- Ten dual-socket, Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series-based nodes
- One dual-socket, Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series-based workstation with advanced NVIDIA graphics and/or GP-GPU card support
- Nineteen single-socket, Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 3400 series-based nodes
- Nineteen single-socket, Dual-Core Intel® Atom™ processor-based nodes

The Octane III is available now with Intel Xeon processor 5500 series or Intel Atom configurations and a starting price of $7,995.

[ SGI Octane III Personal Supercomputer ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]