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April 2012




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Advanced Clustering is now a Panasas partner!


altWe are pleased to announce our new partnership with Panasas, a premier provider of high performance storage. Their ActiveStor systems work in tandem with our clusters to deliver fast, parallel filesystems from a few terabytes well into the petabytes.


"Panasas is excited to bring its high performance storage solutions to Advanced Clustering Technologies," said Brian Brown, Account Executive for Panasas Americas Partner Sales. "This partnership will expand and strengthen the storage options for Advanced Clustering's clients, allowing them to maximize the benefits that clustering technology provides."


Don't let storage I/O be the bottleneck for your cluster; check out the surprisingly affordable Panasas solutions by emailing us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Oklahoma State chooses Advanced Clustering to build its state-of-the-art 258-node cluster


In March, we were thrilled to hear that Oklahoma State University had decided to award us a contract for the purchase of a 258-node, 3,096-core cluster, scheduled to be deployed this June.


Featuring the latest E5 Xeon processors, QDR InfiniBand and Panasas storage, this cluster vastly expands the computational capabilities of Oklahoma State -- yielding over 48 TFLOPs of performance!


This cluster will be used to enhance computing-intensive research in areas such mechanics of granular materials and fracture simulations in nuclear clad materials, modeling geophysical fluids, computational chemistry, seismic characterization of surface geology and bioinformatics.


Go Cowboys!



Intel Xeon E5 (SandyBridge) Benchmarks


We have completed extensive tests comparing the new Intel Xeon E5 processors to the Intel Xeon 5600-series, and our results showed many benefits of the new E5 processors:


  • 50% more cores -- for a total of 16 cores per dual-processor system
  • 100% more floating point operations per second -- 8 FLOPs per cycle vs. 4
  • 80% more memory bandwidth -- 1600MHz quad-channel DDR3 memory support
  • 330% more PCI-e bus bandwidth -- 8.0GT/s on 80x PCI-e Gen 3.0 lanes, perfect for FDR (56Gb/s) InfiniBand

Find out more at advancedclustering.com/e5, or email us anytime for more information or a quote at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Conference Update


As a first-time exhibitor at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition last month in San Diego, we were delighted by the enthusiastic reception we received. We spoke with many students, educators and corporate representatives about cluster applications in computational chemistry, and we will not forget the suggestions, comments and compliments we received.


Closer to home, we will be attending the Great Plains Network Annual Meeting May 30-June 1 at the Embassy Suites on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO. This conference will bring together leaders in the network technology field to address industry challenges.


June 19-23, we will be a feature exhibitor at the ACS' Division of Organic Chemistry Reaction Mechanisms Conference at the University of Missouri - Columbia. 


You can find out more about these upcoming conferences at these links:





Will you be attending either of these conferences? Are there other upcoming conferences you think we should attend? If so, let us know at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .