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Oct 21, 2011

NextStream 2U Blade Server Is Now Compatible with Nvidia Tesla C-Class GPUs

NextComputing, a manufacturer of small form-factor and dense computing servers and workstations, has just announced that its NextStream blade server can now be configured with Nvidia Tesla C-class GPU computing processors, including the recently launched Tesla C2075.

The NextStream is a 2U rackmountable unit optimized for high-performance computing tasks that require a mix of traditional multi-core CPU processing with GPU co-processing in a dense form-factor.

Despite its compact size, NextComputing clients are able to configure the 2U chassis with three independent dual-processor blades, each with dual Intel Xeon 5500 series chips packing up to six-cores per CPU and 96GB of memory.

If all the memory banks are populated, this could allow admins to install a maximum of 288GB of memory per chassis combined with the physical 36 processing cores delivered by Intel's CPU's.

Furthermore, each blade has its own PCI Express x8 expansion slot and internal Gigabit networking between blades.

In a GPU-optimized setup, the NextStream can be configured with two blades, each with dual 6-core Intel Xeon processors, 96GB RAM, and a dedicated Nvidia Tesla GPU computing processor on a full PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot.

“We’re enthusiastic about the benefits NVIDIA Tesla GPU computing processors can bring to our entire product line of small form-factor servers and workstations,” says Bob Labadini, President and CTO of NextComputing. 

“As the demand for GPU computing continues to grow across many of our key vertical markets, including the government, entertainment, and various high-end 3D visualization applications, NextComputing is uniquely positioned to offer specialized platforms such as the NextStream that fulfill needs where traditional servers cannot,” concluded the company's rep.

NextComputing hasn't provided any information regarding the starting prices of the NextStream rackable 2U blade server, but such details should be available upon request by contacting the company.


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