AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 Opteron-Based Servers With OpenStack Help Scientists and Scholars Conduct Cutting Edge Research at UTSA

Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:00am EDT

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  PORTLAND, OR, Apr 11 (Marketwired) -- 
OpenStack Summit -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that The University
of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has deployed SeaMicro SM15000-OP(TM)
servers with a combined 1,024 AMD Opteron(TM) processor cores in 20 rack
units (35 inches of space). These servers are the foundational
infrastructure for a new computing cloud, powered by OpenStack, and will
be used for cutting edge research and computational biology -- creating a
powerful cloud computing infrastructure that will advance research in
multiple engineering and science disciplines. 

    Research projects today increasingly require inter-disciplinary
collaboration, large amounts of data storage and advanced computational
capabilities. Procuring and managing computing and storage infrastructure
creates overhead that takes up valuable time and energy from a research
team's staff. With cloud computing, researchers are freed from the burden
of managing IT equipment and can focus on their research. This new
deployment, also featured in an AMD case study, allows the broader UTSA
community to realize the benefits of cloud computing by making it more
widely available and easier to use. 

    "World class computing advances UTSA's cutting edge research and
discovery of new knowledge," said C. Mauli Agrawal, dean, UTSA College of
Engineering. "As an emerging research university, this project supports
our mission of providing world-class education, outstanding research, and
economic contributions to the region."

    The computing cloud was a joint win with Rackspace. The SeaMicro
SM15000(TM) server has been certified to be Private Cloud ready, and
Rackspace Private Cloud Software will be deployed at UTSA to provide a
flexible and efficient computing cloud. This will serve as the basis for
a managed, private computing and storage cloud, accessible by the entire
UTSA research community. 

    "As the computing backbone of UTSA's cloud infrastructure, AMD's SeaMicro
SM15000 server will provide researchers tremendous computing power and
storage to help them make breakthrough discoveries in a variety of
disciplines," said Dhiraj Mallick, Corporate Vice President and General
Manager, Data Center Server Solutions, AMD. "This infrastructure will
help the university attract top talent, increase competitiveness for
research funding, and advance towards designation as a premier research
institution. Whether the project is to do a large scale study of
proteins, simulate high throughput biochemical systems, or analyze
computational fluid dynamics, the SM15000 server provides a powerful and
flexible cloud computing platform."

    AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 system is the highest-density, most
energy-efficient server in the market. In 10 rack units, it links 512
compute cores, 160 gigabits of I/O networking, more than five petabytes
of storage with a 1.28 terabyte high-performance supercompute fabric,
called Freedom(TM) Fabric. The SM15000 server eliminates top-of-rack
switches, terminal servers, hundreds of cables and thousands of
unnecessary components for a more efficient and simple operational
environment. 

    AMD's SeaMicro server product family currently supports the next
generation AMD Opteron(TM) ("Piledriver") processor, Intel(R) Xeon(R)
E3-1260L ("Sandy Bridge") and E3-1265Lv2 ("Ivy Bridge") and Intel(R)
Atom(TM) N570 processors. The SeaMicro SM15000 system also supports the
Freedom Fabric Storage products, enabling a single system to connect with
more than five petabytes of storage capacity in two racks. This approach
delivers the benefits of expensive and complex solutions such as network
attached storage (NAS) and storage area networking (SAN) with the
simplicity and low cost of direct attached storage.

    About AMD 
 AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator leading
the next era of vivid digital experiences with its ground-breaking AMD
Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing
devices. AMD's server computing products are focused on driving
industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD's
superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions
ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers. For more information,
visit http://www.amd.com.

    AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, SeaMicro, AMD Opteron, SM15000-OP, SM15000,
Freedom and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be
trademarks of their respective owners. 

    

Contact:
Tara Sims
AMD Public Relations
(415) 713-5986
tara.sims@amd.com

Marco Pena
Edelman for AMD 
(650) 762-2861
marco.pena@edelman.com 

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