Huawei Introduces Blade Servers for the HPC Cloud

Global information and communications technology solutions provider Huawei today announced the US launch of its Tecal E9000 blade server at Supercomputing 2013. The E9000 is Huawei's newest generation blade server, and has integrated compute, storage, networking and system management, and is optimized for private and hybrid cloud infrastructure, mission-critical enterprise IT applications, in-memory computing, real-time big data analytics and HPC Cluster applications.

Huawei E9000 compute offerings are available on a variety of x86 server platforms, thereby allowing HPC managers to select the system that best suits their individual environment. The scalability of the E9000 is highlighted by its 15.6Tb mid-plane bandwidth, the highest blade server chassis bandwidth in the industry according to the company. This massive network capacity, adds Huawei, positions the E9000 as the first blade server to completely eliminate chassis over-subscription today, and the first capable of supporting 100Gb cluster connectivity over the next 10 years, as well as the next three generations of Intel processors.

huawei e9000

The Huawei strategy for HPC infrastructure is to lead the transition from HPC cluster silos to HPC clouds, which can host a diverse set of applications and be shared by a variety of users. The Huawei portfolio of products represent a new generation of HPC infrastructure that is more flexible. Huawei servers for HPC can scale processors, GPUs, storage and embedded networks to record-breaking bandwidth. Huawei storage for HPC can simultaneously scale-out, scale-up, scale-deep and scale-in. Furthermore, carrier-class Huawei networks are designed from the ground up for the future of software defined networking in the HPC data center.

The Tecal E9000 Blade Server for the HPC Cloud features:

Scale Compute Nodes:

  • Intel® Xeon® E5 and E7 series processors
  • Two small 2-socket compute nodes in a half-width slot
  • Large-capacity, cost-effective DIMMs at 1.5 times the usual height

Scale Storage Nodes:

  • 2 x 2.5" hard disks on a half-width compute node
  • 8 x 2.5" hard disks on a full-width, 4-socket compute node
  • 15 x 2.5" hard disks on a full-width storage expansion compute node

Scale Network Bandwidth:

  • Standard PCIe network adapter expansion
  • A mid-plane with 15.6Tbit/s capacity supports 100Gb switching in the future
  • 128 x 10GE ports per chassis
  • 10GE/FCoE, FC, and QDR/FDR InfiniBand switching

"The E9000 is designed to overcome the cluster networking limitations of previous generations of blade servers," said Jane Li, COO, Huawei Enterprise USA. "The Tecal E9000 was designed for application flexibility, as well as to support the next three generations of powerful processors, and the next decade of network technology that will dominate HPC clouds."


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