Tuesday, October 27th 2009

ASUS et. al. Introduce Tesla and Nehalem Xeon Powered Desktop Supercomputer

ASUS, in collaboration with NVIDIA and the National Chao Tung University of Taiwan, has introduced the ESC 1000 desktop-sized supercomputer, that harnesses the power of GPGPU, to give out 1.1 TFLOPs of computational power. Enclosed in a 445 x 217.5 x 545 mm chassis (the size of tower server/workstation chassis,) is a system powered by an Intel Xeon W3580 "Nehalem" 3.33 GHz processor, aided by 24 GB of system memory. As many as three NVIDIA Tesla c1060 GPGPU cards are installed, with an NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 handing graphics. These emphasize that the system is meant for highly complex visual computing, such as in the fields of highly complex modeling, and scientific research. The pricing and availability of the ESC 1000 is not known as yet.

Source: PCAdvisor
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17 Comments on ASUS et. al. Introduce Tesla and Nehalem Xeon Powered Desktop Supercomputer

#1
Howard
a new species just born!!!
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#2
lemonadesoda
What a "Monster". Look at that CPU cooler. It is massive.

Shame they didnt use a Nehalem-EP platform. It wouldnt have cost any more if just populated with one CPU... but would give an upgrade path.

I agree that dual Xeons are silly for a SINGLE application when running technical code over 3x Teslas, however, with a second CPU, you could run VMware and virtualise the whole thing... allowing the workstation to be used for other stuff while the research runs are completed in the virtual machine. (Dedicate one CPU to virtual machine, the other to regular use).

That computer is going to get hot and therefore noisy. I'm surprised they didnt choose to rackmount it, or at least have an even bigger case with noise insulation and better airflow management. That case looks nice but doesnt look designed for cooling 3x Teslas, a GPU, and a big CPU.
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#3
Mussels
Moderprator
'guaranteed to overheat on stock clocks!'

(those cards look packed in really tight)
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#4
mlee49
Yeah but can it fold? Gimmie 24hours of straight folding and we'll see if this deserves a Supercomputer title.
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#5
Jizzler
For your dual Nehelam-EP, rackmount needs: http://www.colfax-intl.com/ms_tesla.asp?M=102

by: mlee49
Yeah but can it fold? Gimmie 24hours of straight folding and we'll see if this deserves a Supercomputer title.
Do people's thrown-together systems here fold day-in and day-out? I don't think this will be much of a problem for the Quadro/Teslas. :D
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#6
Cheeseball
Considering that NVIDIA cards fold very well, I believe since this is the king of folding right here. :P
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#7
Easo
by: lemonadesoda
What a "Monster". Look at that CPU cooler. It is massive.
If am not wrong, its the same i have, Asus (of course) Triton - 88. Looks the same, has blue LED fan, and six heatpipes. :D
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#8
phanbuey
a supercomputer which will be spanked in GPGPU performance in a few short months by a Fermi SLI system lol.

this is not all that impressive considering silverstone built a rig with 2 295's and 2 9800GX2's folding in their raven II case. But it is the only pre-built on the market that offers these specs so I guess thats a plus.
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#9
Rexter
But can it play crysis? Huurrr durrrrr :roll:
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#10
lemonadesoda
by: Rexter
But can it play crysis? Huurrr durrrrr :roll:
What's crysis?
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#11
Mussels
Moderprator
by: lemonadesoda
What's crysis?
the first game ever made by giving monkeys programming knowledge.
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#12
troyrae360
by: Mussels
the first game ever made by giving monkeys programming knowledge.
:laugh: lol, those monkeys sure do have an eye for detail:cool:
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#13
PP Mguire
by: phanbuey
a supercomputer which will be spanked in GPGPU performance in a few short months by a Fermi SLI system lol.

this is not all that impressive considering silverstone built a rig with 2 295's and 2 9800GX2's folding in their raven II case. But it is the only pre-built on the market that offers these specs so I guess thats a plus.
I didnt realize Furbys could fold.
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#14
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
how much would this cost if you bought all the parts individually online? $5,000 ?
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: phanbuey
a supercomputer which will be spanked in GPGPU performance in a few short months by a Fermi SLI system lol.

this is not all that impressive considering silverstone built a rig with 2 295's and 2 9800GX2's folding in their raven II case. But it is the only pre-built on the market that offers these specs so I guess thats a plus.
the 295s and gx2s are no where near the sheer power of the teslas.
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