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Our online Configurator has been updated to include all of our HPC systems that feature the next generation of Intel Xeon scalable processors (code name Cascade Lake). You can check out everything including:

  • The ACTblade x210 system, which provides up to four independent compute nodes in one chassis. This blade is ideal as a compute node.
  • The ACTblade x220 compute node, which is your general purpose HPC compute node and supports lower wattage, lower core count cpus. This blade has the capacity to provide more storage than the ACTblade x210.
  • The  ACTblade x230 system provides up to four independent compute nodes with 24 drives in one chassis. This blade is ideal as a hyper-converged node.
  • TheACTserv x1210, which supports high core count, high frequency cpus and offers a lot of fast storage. This server is ideal for use as a compute, storage or head node.
  • The ACTserv x2210, which supports high core count, high frequency cpus and offers a lot of fast storage. It can be used as a compute, storage, head node or 2x GPU node. Provides option to add two GPUs.
  • TheACTserv x2220, which is a general purpose node for more capacity in a smaller form factor. It is ideal as a head or storage node.
  • The ACTserv x2275c, which is a perfect balance 2x Xeon SP CPUs, 4x GPUs and storage.
  •  The ACTstation x250, which is our most powerful workstation. It gives you the power of HPC on your desktop. This workstation is quiet and air cooled. 
Holds up to two NVIDIA GPUs. 
Up to 56 cores and 768 GB memory.
  •  The ACTstor x4251, a Cascade Lake storage server in 4U that supports up to 4x U.2 NVMe.

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For several years now our HPC Pricing Guide has been helping our customers get a sense for the cost of HPC hardware. This week we updated the guide to incorporate the new generation of Intel Xeon Scalable processors, codenamed Cascade Lake, into the systems.

Our HPC Pricing Guide gives you the specifications and costs associated with purchasing HPC systems based on budgets of $150,000, $250,000 and $500,000. You can see how computing power and storage capacity ebbs and flow along with the system price tag.

Download our HPC Pricing Guide today by completing the form on this page, or contact us if you have questions or want to request a customized quote to meet your specific HPC needs and budget.

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Today marks the official launch of the new generation of Intel Xeon Scalable processors, code named Cascade Lake. Advanced Clustering’s HPC solutions now feature the new Cascade Lake processors, which deliver high levels of compute density and scalability. Cascade Lake AP features multiple enhancements for HPC workloads. Cascade Lake delivers advanced performance with up to 28 cores and significant increases in memory and I/O bandwidth. Learn about Cascade Lake and request more information, including:

If your workloads are highly demanding, you will want to visit our site to learn more about the Intel Cascade Lake Advanced Performance (AP) processor. Cascade Lake AP offers offers unprecedented memory bandwidth with more memory channels than any other CPU. Learn more here.

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Here’s a sneak peek that Intel offered during SC18 for Cascade Lake microarchitecture, their first to support 3D XPoint-based memory modules. It also will feature Deep Learning Boost instructions. The next-generation Cascade Lake advanced performance processor, optimized to support the most demanding data workloads, and highlighted the use of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory in next-generation supercomputers.

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Use our experience and resources to learn best practices for securing grant funding and publishing your RFP for high performance computing purchases. You can download the compendium here.

Grant funding is how many high performance computing cluster purchases are accomplished, and the grant proposal writing process is incredibly competitive.

In fact, based on the past five years of award selections, a grant proposal typically has a 1 in 4 chance of success.

At Advanced Clustering Technologies, we have been helping customers complete their high performance computing grant proposals for more than 18 years.

White Paper Compendium: Securing grant funding and writing an RFP

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Advanced Clustering Technologies is celebrating 18 years of operation today. We want to thank our customers and technology partners as we celebrate this milestone.

“We have seen a lot of changes in high performance computing as an industry since 2001, but our core focus as a systems integrator has never changed,” said company president Kyle Sheumaker. “We remain committed to providing custom, turn-key HPC hardware solutions backed by top-notch support for the life of each system we build.”

Advanced Clustering Technologies, a privately held corporation based in Kansas City, Missouri, has built HPC clusters for some of the most prestigious national laboratories, universities and corporations. Click here to read about some of our more recent deployments.

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Any time you add a new user on your cluster’s head node or make changes to an existing user, you will need to synchronize those changes across the entire cluster. Advanced Clustering makes this a simple task by using our act_authsync utility.  Learn how to do this in this tech tip.

Did you miss a tech tip? Visit our online Knowledge Base for a complete archive of tech tips written by Advanced Clustering’s HPC engineers. You can also sign up for KB Alerts to receive an email notification whenever a new tech tip is posted to our Knowledge Base.

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When you are making plans for your next HPC hardware purchase, finding the right balance between price and performance can prove challenging. You can start making plans for your next HPC system using our online Configurator.

From the Product Catalog, you can click the Configure button to begin using the Configurator for any of our servers, storage solutions or workstations. You can click the Compare+ button to compare products side-by-side on the page – a very useful tool if you’re comparing features and prices.

The Configurator will give you all available choices for your selection including such items as processor(s), memory, drive choices, power supply, video cards, input device and warranty. As you make selections, the Configurator will give you updated pricing information. Power estimates for each product are available as well to help you evaluate each product.

At any point during your Configurator session, you may choose to add your selection to a cart or request a quote. You can add multiple items to your cart and request one complete quote that covers all selections. Once a product is in your cart, you can make additional selections to configure an entire cluster with options that include additional nodes, Ethernet network, high-speed interconnect, parallel filesystem, racks/cabinets, power or software and services.

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The National Science Foundation is among the federal agencies that was closed last month when the federal government shut down. The timing is particularly unfortunate for those grant applicants who are seeking funding for high performance computing hardware. The deadline for Major Research Implementation grants is Jan. 22.

If you were writing a grant proposal for this deadline, you should know that the NSF is still accepting grant applications according to the previously published deadline schedule. It’s the review process for these grant proposals that has been put on hold. Reviews of grant applications won’t resume until the NSF resumes business operations.

The NSF has published a detailed account of how it’s programs are affected by the government shutdown. You may read that report here.

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A recent study from the IDC finds that an investment in high performance computing results in increased economic success and increased scientific innovation for universities, government agencies and corporate entities.

Across all industries measured in the study, there’s an average increase in revenue of $463 per dollar invested in HPC, and an average increase of profits (or cost savings) of $44 dollars per dollar invested in HPC.

The study took three years to complete and employed two unique models. The first is a macroeconomic model that depicts how HPC investments result in economic advancements in the form of ROI, growth and jobs. The second is an “innovation index” that measures and compares innovation levels, based on the level of applying HPC computing resources towards scientific and technical advancement.

The research project was undertaken by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, and the National Nuclear Security Administration to determine the return on investment (ROI) and return on research (ROR) from projects enabled by high performance computing.

The full report may be downloaded here.

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