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

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

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

The CPU for the Modern Data Center: Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v2 'Ivy Bridge-EP' (Server Talk Episode 7)

Learn more about the new Xeon E5 v2 Ivy Bridge-EP Processors

InfiniBand: The Competitive Advantage (Server Talk Episode 6)

In this intro to the InfiniBand technology, we take a high-level overview of the key benefits of using IB in HPC and supercomputing environments

Server Talk Episode 5: Intel Releases Xeon Haswell CPUs

In this special episode of “Server Talk” we interview Emily Hutson from Intel to learn more about the the features and advantages of the third generation Xeon E3 “Haswell” processors

Server Talk Episode 4: Storage Media

From the evolution of spindle disks through solid-state and PCI-e technology, we explore the pros and cons of different storage media

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