IBM Launches New HPC Blade

Arthur Cole

IBM released a new high-performance server this week, leveraging its Cell technology in a bid to capture a larger share of the financial, medical and digital media markets.


The BladeCenter QS22 uses the PowerXCell 8i multicore chip, which is based on the Cell engine developed in conjunction with Sony and Toshiba for, among other uses, the Playstation 3. The new PowerXCell is up to five times faster than the original and holds up to 32 GB of memory.


The QS22 is available with the RHEL OS, as well as the Eclipse open development platform. One intriguing feature is the ability to split application workloads, reserving the most complex processing for the PowerXCell and shuttling the remainder to standard systems.


IBM also is offering an upgraded version of its SDK for Multicore Acceleration featuring new templates for the QS22.


The server is expected to ship in June.

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