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Intel Xeon Phi - VB5400 Blade Server
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Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor Solutions

The Cirrascale® VB5400 Series blade server, featuring the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor, is designed to provide highly parallel processing to power innovative breakthroughs without overhauling applications or code. No other vendor provides the ability to place eight of these powerful coprocessors into a single server and scale performance to the levels seen in the Cirrascale VB5400 Series solution.

Product Features and Benefits

  • Up to eight Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors.
  • Highly parallel processing to power innovative breakthroughs without overhauling applications or code.
  • Proprietary 80-lane PCIe switch riser technology for massive scalability.
  • Produce an impressive 8 Teraflops of theoretical performance in one 5VU blade server chassis
  • Up to 96 coprocessors per two data center floor tiles utilizing the Cirrascale BladeRack 2 Series
  • Vertical Cooling Technology cuts cooling costs and increase density footprint.

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Download this case study to learn more about how Cirrascale delivers scalable performance by combining its innovative PCIe switch riser with Intel® processors and coprocessors.

Intel® Xeon Phi™ Solutions Overview

The Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor is architecture built for discovery, with superior energy-efficient parallel performance ideal for many real-world applications, including meteorology, medical research, 3D design, and engineering.

This incredible scalability is delivered by a proprietary 80-lane PCIe switch designed by Cirrascale engineers. The VB5400 Series blade server integrates dual PCIe switches enabling it to support eight Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors in a single scalable system. Each Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor can provide a theoretical one Teraflop of performance in just one PCIe slot and, once integrated with a Cirrascale PCIe switch, enables the VB5400 blade server to produce an impressive 8 Teraflops of theoretical performance in one 5VU blade server chassis. When placed in the award-winning Cirrascale BladeRack® 2 Series platform, the solution can scale to provide 96 Teraflops of performance in one rack making it one of the densest High Performance Computing solutions available.

Customers deploying this next generation HPC scale-out infrastructure benefit from the combination of Intel's latest processor platforms with Cirrascale's Vertical Cooling Technology, enabling extreme density and scalability with unmatched efficiency and reliability.

The Cirrascale VB5400 blade server and Cirrascale proprietary PCIe switch are both immediately available to order and will begin shipping subject to the announced component availability. Licensing opportunities for these technologies are also available immediately to both customers and partners.

With the consistent advances in technology, Cirrascale engineering and development teams are constantly testing and deploying the latest technical specifications being offered by our technology partners. We make every effort to provide the below specifications error-free and up-to-date. However, we always encourage our customers to contact us to discuss Cirrascale's latest improvements to its products. This product's specifications are as follows:

VB5400 Blade Server Specifications


Options include two of the following Intel® Xeon® processor E5-26xx v2 product family processors:

  • E5-2670 v2 2.5GHz 115W 10-core
  • E5-2680 v2 2.8GHz 130W 10-core
  • E5-2687W v2 3.4GHz 150W 8-core
  • E5-2690 v2 3.0GHz 135W 10-core
Dual PCIe Switch Support
  • Supports up to 8 Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors
  • Intel C602 (Patburg-A)
  • Supports up to 512GB DDR3 Memory
  • 16 DIMM Slots DDR3 1066/1333 UDIMM/RDIMM ECC
  • 8 x SAS 6Gb/s
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drives
  • Dual 1GbE LAN Ports
Expansion Slots
  • 3 x PCIe x16 Gen3.0
  • 3 x PCIe x8 Gen3.0 Expansion Ports
Standard Interfaces
  • 8 x USB 2.0 (6 external / 2 internal)
  • On Management LAN
  • 2 x RJ-45 LAN 1GbE
  • 1 x COM
Management and Monitoring
  • IPMI 2.0
Standard Interfaces
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Linux RHEL 6, CENTOS 6.2, SUSE 11SP2, UBUNTU 11.10

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Product Literature

PDF Cirrascale VB5400 Datasheet - 1030KB

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The Cirrascale Advantage

Cirrascale Corporation is a premier provider of blade-based cloud computing and storage infrastructure for conventional and modular data centers. Some of our key advantages over our competitors include:

  • Cooling:  The only supplier with patented Vertical Cooling Technology™ (VCT).
  • Power Efficiency:  Our BladeRack 2 Series platforms are some of the most power efficient solutions available on the market today.
  • Density:  Utilizing our VCT, we can support over 2,300 compute cores or 3.4PB of raw storage in a standard rack footprint.
  • Time to Market:  Our commodity component approach gets you the latest and greatest technology from our partners, before our competition.
  • Scale-Out:  Our platform infrastructure was developed to allow customers to scale up and out, perfect for growing hyperscale cloud applications.
  • Custom-Tailored:  Our job is to ensure you have a system that will expand with your needs, but not break the bank. We work with each customer to tailor their servers to their applications.
  • Flexible Design:  Commodity components PLUS flexible, open architecture EQUALS limitless possibilities. Let your applications and specific software stay flexible.

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