Microway Introduces High Performing and Energy Efficient Server and Cluster Platforms Incorporating Six-Core AMD Opteron TM Processors with the new AMD Chipset
Microway Introduces High Performing and Energy Efficient Server and Cluster
Platforms Incorporating Six-Core AMD Opteron TM Processors with the new
More GigaFlops, Fewer Watts!
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ann Fried, Chairperson
Kingston, MA September 21, 2009—Microway announces today that its Navion™ servers and
WhisperStations will incorporate the Six-Core AMD Opteron™ processor with AMD chipset. The AMD
chipset features Hyper Transport™ 3.0 technology, PCI Express® 2.0, and AMD Virtualization™ (AMD-
V™) technology, including I/O-virtualization. The Six-Core AMD Opteron processor with AMD chipset
platform helps increase both value and platform longevity of Microway servers and WhisperStations.
Microway’s new offerings will be shown at Supercomputing 2009 in Portland, Oregon at Booth 434.
Navion 24 Core servers feature two complete SMP nodes with QDR InfiniBand and Gigabit Ethernet
integrated into a robustly cooled 1U rack chassis. Each node features two Six-Core AMD Opteron
processors, up to 64 GB DRAM and up to 2 hard drives. This packaging achieves a density of 960
cores in a standard 42U cabinet. Customers with compute-intensive applications including DSP, CFD
and FEA, as well as high-performance database and enterprise-class applications choose Navion
clusters for exceptional performance and power/space efficiency.
The new Six-Core AMD Opteron processors offer hardware innovations that tackle demanding
workloads with superior overall efficiency. These processors were featured in a technical webinar,
available at http://www.microway.com/sixcore.html
The AMD-P technologies built into the AMD Opteron processors feature a variety of power
optimization technologies including AMD PowerNow!™ technology, AMD CoolCore™ technology, and
Dual Dynamic Power Management™. These technologies can help reduce energy use and lower
operational cost for today’s demanding data processing environments. Furthermore, Microway’s
energy efficient designs employ 85+% efficient power supplies and other green features.
WhisperStation™, Microway’s ultra-quiet workstation product line, also provides exceptional
performance with two Six-Core AMD Opteron processors and up to three AMD FireStream™ GPUs.
All configurations have been “quietized” by employing Microway's noise-reducing technologies and
can be configured with many flavors of Linux® or Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008.
“AMD’s unified processor and chipset technology offer significant performance and energy efficiency
benefits to customers,” said Patrick Patla, vice president and General Manager, Server and
Workstation Division, AMD. “Microway’s server and cluster solutions based on AMD technology are
able to excel in critical HPC workloads while simultaneously controlling operational costs. This is
critical for customers looking to implement dense data center environments, helping them to
maximize their data center real estate with innovative virtualization and power management
New HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology enables high-speed communications between processors.
Additionally, HT Assist also helps reduce unnecessary messaging between processors, thereby
helping to improve CPU and memory communication speeds in 4 and 8P systems. “Advancements in
HyperTransport technology contribute to high performance-per-watt and can help customers save
energy,” commented Stephen Fried, CTO of Microway. “Programs that we expect to benefit include
floating point intensive computations like FFTs, which have high data re-use rates; SMP applications
that make frequent calls, including transaction-based business applications; and programs that
depend on byte code interpreters like JAVA to carry the work load.”
Microway's Navion servers and WhisperStations are also available as multi-function SMP storage
servers. Navion supports HPC/Enterprise applications, while providing up to 128 Terabytes of
Storage in a single machine! A Microway Navion cluster will provide up to 960 processor cores, 5 TB
memory and 320 TB storage in one well-cooled 42U cabinet. These machines are all fault tolerant,
highly available, and come with redundant power.
Microway’s HPC Clusters feature integrated advanced manageability features that have been refined
over years of development and hundreds of real-world deployments. Microway’s Cluster
Management System (MCMS™ with Enhanced IPMI) hardware/software solution featuring
NodeWatch™ for remote cluster monitoring and control is available on Navion servers. Well known
for its expertise in cooling, Microway’s achieved operating temperatures are consistently lower than
industry guidelines. Both the 1U CoolFlow™ chassis and 4U RuggedRack™ feature proprietary Across-
the-Board™ enhanced cooling. The RuggedRack includes front access hard disks and Hot-Swap power
supplies. This allows the most common system failures to be serviced without powering off the
server, or even removing the unit from a cabinet.
As an AMD Platinum Solution Provider, Microway incorporates the newest AMD processors and
GPUs in its innovative product line, including HPC clusters, servers, WhisperStations and storage
A complete product description can be found at http://www.microway.com/istanbul.html.
About Microway, Inc.
Incorporated in 1982, Microway is a major vendor in the High Performance Computing market, designing
state-of-the-art, high-end Linux clusters, servers, and data storage solutions. Users worldwide pushing the
limits of technology choose us for solutions. Microway is an AMD Platinum Partner, Novell Gold Partner
and Microsoft Direct OEM for Windows Server HPC License. Classified as a small business, woman
owned and operated, Microway's GSA Contract Number is GS-35F-0431N. Trademarks include GigaCube,
MCMS, MPI Link-Checker, Navion, NumberSmasher, NodeWatch, and Quadputer. For more information
and a subscription to Microway's online technical newsletter, please visit www.microway.com.
Microway, InfiniScope, MPI Link-Checker, Navion, NodeWatch, NumberSmasher, Quadputer, and
WhisperStation are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microway, Inc. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo,
ATI, the ATI logo, AMD Opteron, AMD CoolCore, AMD PowerNow!, Dual Dynamic Power Management,
FireStream, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Microsoft and
Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other jurisdictions.