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Ideas for Building Your Next x86 Cluster
Highlights of recent launch from Marc Hamilton
July 13, 2010,
Volume 149, Issue 2

Oracle's new x86 servers are designed to be used together in clusters, along with our high performance 10 GbE and InfiniBand switches, Oracle storage, and Oracle software. Engineered together from application to disk.
 

Commenting on the recent launch of x86 products from Oracle, Marc Hamilton says that, "Oracle's new x86 servers are designed to be used together in clusters, along with our high performance 10 GbE and InfiniBand switches, Oracle storage, and Oracle software. Engineered together from application to disk."

Highlights of Oracle's Next Generation x86 Systems Launch

Marc says that Oracle's x86 engineers have been busy, "engineering complete systems of x86 clusters for Oracle and non Oracle workloads." He highlights the new Sun Fire x4800 as the system to handle the broadest possible set of workloads:

  • up to eight Intel Xeon 7500 series processors
  • one terabyte of memory
  • eight hot swappable PCIe ExpressModules

While the PCIe Express Module standard was first announced by the PCI standards body in 2005, Marc observers that it is, "amazing that five years later we don't see more vendors using this standard to provide hot swappable I/O cards for their servers."

Another highlight from the Sun Fire x86 cluster systems launch is the Sun Network 10GbE Switch 72p. Offering 72 10GbE ports in a single 1RU chassis, this switch is, "definitely designed for building clusters not single servers." A single Top of Rack switch can easily displace 3 discrete 24-port or 3 discreate 48-port switches.

In addition, says Marc, "when used in conjunction with Oracle's Sun Blade 6000 24p 10GbE NEM, one can easily build non-blocking fabrics of up to 160 nodes or clusters of up to 720 nodes with over-subscription."

He concludes, "Oracle's new x86 servers are designed to be used together in clusters, along with our high performance 10 GbE and InfiniBand switches, Oracle storage, and Oracle software. Engineered together from application to disk."

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Sun Network 10GbE Switch 72p

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