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

AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 Opteron-Based Servers With OpenStack Help Scientists and 
Scholars Conduct Cutting Edge Research at UTSA 
Rackspace Private Cloud Deployment Enables Breakthrough Discoveries 
PORTLAND, OR -- (Marketwired) -- 04/11/13 --  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 
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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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