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Power Hungry CPUs and “phantom” throttling featuring the 10980XE
Intel Software RAID vs. Hardware RAID Supercomputing & High Density Racks

At ICC we’ve now deployed the ICC AXIS™ R-725a. Testing on the EPYC 7000 series in our lab showed an increase of ~.1GHz in performance per core on these high core count processors with liquid cooling vs. air. While that does not seem like a big number, it yields a massive performance increase across 32, 64, or 128 cores. ICCRead More

ICC COVID-19 Response

To maximize the containment of COVID-19, the state of Illinois has issued a state-wide “stay at home” order as of Saturday, March 21, 2020. While the evolving COVID-19 situation has presented new challenges, ICC is well prepared to continue to respond with the best interests of our employees, customers and other contacts at the center of our decision making andRead More

Prepping a System for Subzero Overclocking

In overclocking there is a constant issue of heat created by the CPU. Not only does it lower the stability of a processor as the temperature increases it also can cause damage to the CPU and lowers the tolerance to higher voltages which further causes damage. Inversely as temperatures decrease there is generally an increase of stability and a higherRead More

Linux System Load Averages

Helping to Understand the Mystery While load averages are a metric that are widely used for monitoring the health of a system. Quite a few organizations use this metric for capacity planing without fully understanding where the limits should be. But most admins are not sure how to read and or respond to a systems load average. They simply goRead More

Integrating Windows Deployment Services with existing Linux based PXE server for customer imaging needs

IT infrastructure in today’s world is far from black and white. It needs to be dynamic and have many different types of technologies mesh together to fit ever-evolving customer and user needs. In our case, ICC uses a PXELINUX deployment to serve different types of live operating systems, diagnostics utilities, images, and more to internal client nodes over the networkRead More

The Super-binned 9990XE perfectly illustrates current and future issues with power draw and cooling

The 9990XE made headlines in April of this year for being an Auction-Only part as well as Intel’s fastest most powerful CPU to date. At International Computer Concepts we’ve tested a few of these at their Manufacturer’s settings (5.0GHz, Default voltages) and found that they are nearly impossible to keep stable without a beefier cooler (We normally use a 360mm radiator +Read More

Broadwell-E CPU Benchmarks

Broadwell-E has been released a few weeks ago to consumers, and we have had our hands on some samples previous to that. We would like to share some of the relevant specifications of the BW-E family and detail some of the early results we have seen with them.   CPU i7-6950X i7-6900K i7-6850K i7-6800K Cores/Threads 10/20 8/16 6/12 6/12 Core ClockRead More

ICC Blackhole HPC Workstations

High performance computing can be defined as aggregating computing power in a way that it can solve large scale problems in various fields such as science, business, etc. These can range from the Tianhe-2, the Chinese “Milky Way” supercomputer which has been built to be one of the most powerful supercomputers to run, among other things, physics and astronomy simulations.Read More

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