by Adam Armstrong

SC19 Bits

Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breathe even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This week SC19 took place in Denver, Colorado. While we covered the major announcements from GIGABYTE,AMD,TYAN,NVIDIA, and Dell EMC, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Viking, DDN, NetApp, and Marvell.

Viking Combines AMD EPYC With PCIe 4.0 NVMe Drives

Viking Enterprise Solutions announced its new NVMe storage solutions the NSS2249. Claimed advantages of NSS2249 include:

  • Unprecedented performance. Independent customer and partner testing has resulted in up to 80 GB/s (reads), 60GB/s (writes) and 3 million IOPs in a single 2RU system. 
  • Unmatched NVMe storage density and capacity. Provides between 41.6 TB (1.6 TB SSD) to 734 TB (30.6 TB SSD) of raw capacity in a modest 2U form factor. One unit houses 24 of the new NVMe PCIe 4.0 drives and provides the flexibility to support up to two CPU server modules for a performance increase of up to 200 percent, compared to PCIe v3.0 NVMe drive-based platforms. 
  • Incredible bandwidth. Each AMD chip supports 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes per CPU, providing tremendous bandwidth without the complexity or added expense of additional components for switching infrastructure.
  • Balanced system architecture for non-blocking performance. Provides 96 PCIe 4.0 lanes to the NVMe drives and 96 PCIe 4.0 lanes for network expansion, based on dual server configuration.
  • High availability and robust enterprise-grade platform. Dual-ported and hot-swappable NVMe drives and a fully redundant architecture.  
  • Most cost-effective platform at the highest performance. New design does not require the additional switching infrastructure of previous solutions, dramatically reducing cost while providing the highest level of performance.


The NSS2249 is sampling now and will be generally available with volume shipments ramping in the first quarter of calendar year 2020.


DDN Expands Its AI & HPC Platforms

DDN announced new infrastructure and multicloud solutions including the next generation SFA platform and new data management features for EXAScalter EXA5 file solution. The new SFA platforms include SFA18KX, SFA7990X, SFA400NVX, and SFA200NX that are said to bring simplicity with appliance functionality and performance. The EXA5 now has a scalable S3 object interface to better support mulitclod productivity. 


NetApp Partners With NVIDIA On HPC

NetApp announced a partnership with NVIDIA that combines itsAFA EF600with NVIDIA technology for two solutions. The first is the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD, a turnkey solution for solving complex AI problems. The NetApp hardware gives users the performance they need to solve complex problems. NetApp also announced that NVIDIA’s new Magnum IO Software Suiteis available on the AFA EF600.

NetApp Flash Arrays

NVIDIA CUDA-X AI & HPC Stacks Are Available On Marvell ThunderX Platforms

In another partnership with NVIDIA, Marvell announced that NVIDIA GPU support on its ThunderX family of Arm-based server processors. Marvell has collaborated with NVIDIA to port its CUDA-X AI and HPC libraries, GPU-accelerated AI frameworks and software development tools to the ThunderX platform.  

Marvell ThunderX

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