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Products - The Direct Connect Family of Departmental SuperComputers

True Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) supercomputers with large shared memories and single software images, these departmental supercomputers are perfect for Big Data, high-performance computing applications with large in-memory needs. The Direct Connect Family are right-sized, rack-mountable systems packed with up to 320 Opteron™ cores and 5 TB of RAM. Each family member is a shared memory supercomputer formed by direct infiniband interconnections and our patented breakthrough DSMP™ technology. The five family members range from 128 cores and 1 TB memory upto 320 cores and 5TB memory.
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View the Trio™


Ideal for high-performance supercomputing (HPC), the Trio™ Departmental Supercomputer is a 12-socket, 96 DIMM slot, Linux server that offers an excellent balance of processor density, large Shared-memory and value in a space-saving 6U form factor.

View the Duet™


Ideal for high-performance supercomputing (HPC) applications that demand large shared memory but 128 or fewer cores, the Duet™ Departmental Supercomputer is an economical 8-socket, 64 DIMM slot, Linux server that offers an excellent balance of large shared-memory and value in a space-saving 4U form factor.

Distributed Symmetric Multi-Processing

The Direct Connect Family are Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) large shared-memory supercomputers. To programmers, the Direct Connect Family Supercomputers look just like a single huge-memory Linux box. Programmers can use standard threading packages to get access to all the cores (320 on the Quintet) and up to 5.0 TeraBytes of memory. With our supercomputers, programmers do not need to worry about message passing interface (MPI) programming, which is what supercomputing clusters and other limited memory systems demand. There is also no need to build complex file-access program components; programmers can just read a big dataset into memory and access it as an array.

We create large shared-memory (i.e., Symmetric Multi-Processing) high performance computers by marrying state-of-the-art, off-the-shelf (OTS) server hardware with our patented Distributed Symmetric Multi-Processing (DSMP) extension to the Linux kernel. Other SMP supercomputer vendors either rely on expensive proprietary hardware or depend on slower, much less efficient hypervisor implementations. Our implementation of Symmetric Multi-Processing is at the Operating System-level which is inherently faster than hypervisor implementations.

Hypervisors represent the first generation of software-based SMP systems using homogeneous cluster nodes. We represent the next generation of software-based SMP on homogeneous cluster nodes. Our DSMP is a Linux kernel extension.

Employing a Linux kernel extension with state-of-the-art, OTS server hardware, Symmetric Computing's DSMP provides large shared memory, multiple-core SMP computing with both economy and performance. The table below compares Message Programming Interface (MPI) Clusters, SMP supercomputers and our DSMP-enabled clusters.

MPI Cluster SMP Supercomputer DSMP Cluster
Off-the-Shelf Hardware Yes No Yes
Affordability $ $$$$$$ $
Shared Memory No Yes Yes
Single Software Image No Yes Yes
Intelligent Platform Management Interface Yes Yes Yes
Virtualization Support No Yes No
Scalable Yes No Yes
Click here to download the White Paper describing our DSMP Linux Kernel Extension.