IBM recently announced support for the new Intel Xeon Phi 5110P coprocessor in the IBM System x iDataPlex dx360 M4 server. This coprocessor gives HPC and technical computing customers an additional option when it comes to increasing the parallel processing capabilities of the dx360 M4 server.
Based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600, the iDataPlex dx360 M4 server is a modular and highly dense system for companies running large scale-out data centers that need energy efficiency, optimized cooling, extreme scalability, high density at the data center level, and high performance at an affordable price.
Now supported in the dx360 M4 is the new Intel Xeon Phi 5110P coprocessor that Intel announced in November 2012 and demonstrated at SC12, the supercomputing conference.
Combined with software such as IBM Platform HPC, the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor can achieve significantly more processing power. The Platform software can automatically allocate workload to the Phi coprocessor, thereby freeing up the main system processor for other tasks. The Platform software also provides real-time monitoring and reporting capabilities regarding the use of the coprocessor, including utilization, memory usage, temperature, and power consumption.
Here are some videos from the SC12 conference that help explain how IBM Platform HPC and the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor can help you:
An iDataPlex dx360 M4 with the PCIe tray attached can hold up to two Intel Xeon Phi 5110P coprocessors in the available PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. This dx360 M4 configuration has these features:
Two Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors
Up to 512 GB of RAM
Three additional I/O slots including a mezzanine slot for a 10 Gb or FDR InfiniBand card
Either two 3.5-inch drive bays, four 2.5-inch bays or eight solid-state drives.
With all of these features the dx360 M4 is quite the technical computing workhorse. For more information about the dx360 M4, see the IBM Redbooks Product Guide.
David Watts is an IBM Redbooks Project Leader. He writes books and papers on many areas related to IBM Flex System, IBM BladeCenter and IBM System x. Follow David on Twitter at @DavidAtRedbooks.