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E4 Computer Engineering Introduces the CARMA CLUSTER Series Powered by SECO, a New Family of Energy Efficient Solutions Aimed at HPC and Datacenters Users

November 13, 2012

SCANDIANO, Italy, November 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

E4 Computer Engineering, Italian leading manufacturer for HPC environments, has
announced the launch of a new series to add to its wide product portfolio, the CARMA
CLUSTER series powered by SECO.

The E4 CARMA CLUSTER series powered by SECO offers a range of low-power, low-energy
appliances designed to appeal to the HPC world thanks to the pairing of a heterogeneous
ARM(R)+GPU (NVIDIA Tegra(R) 3 + Quadro(R) GPU). In fact, with the present generation of
ARM CPUs it is not possible to address algorithm based on Floating Points arithmetic,
therefore most of scientific application are excluded. CUDA enabled Quadro GPU broadens
the range of applications that can be addressed and gives huge boost to performance.

While ARM products are still currently limited by the 32-bit support, early adopters
and developers need to start working on real systems to assess the capabilities of these
high energy efficient solutions. Leveraging the wide market adoption of the NVIDIA Tegra
platform in the mobile space, E4 and SECO have delivered a real, cost effective and
competitive server solution with immediate availability.

The series is aimed to seismic processing, signal and image processing, video
analytics, traffic analysis and many other applications. The range has two main platforms
able to host carrier boards for Qseven(TM) modules, the CARMA MICROCLUSTER and the CARMA
CLUSTER [http://www.e4company.com/Products/HpcFixed.aspx?node=1388 ]. The CARMA
MICROCLUSTER comes in a 5U form factor and contains up to 8 CARMA blades and 1 management
node (x86 based) while the CARMA CLUSTER is a 3U appliance containing up to 12 CARMA2
blades (high density blades, each CARMA2 blade contains 2 CARMA nodes for a gross total of
2 ARM CPUs + 2 Quadro 1000) or 12 DARMA blades (4 ARM CPUs per blade). DARMA and CARMA2
can be mixed into the same chassis. Also, all blades comply with Qseven standard, so the
MB contains only I/O devices while the CPU component can be selected from a wide range of
SoC options [http://www.seco.com/it/itemlist/qseven/). ], in order to ensure a smooth and
progressive transition from the x86 platform into the ARM environment. Qseven technology
provides the highest flexibility while decreasing engineering costs, in fact the CPU
architecture can be swapped re-using the same carrier board without any modification.

Launching the product at SC12 in Salt Lake City at the ARM’s stand (booth #122), E4
Computer Engineering is confident that the CARMA CLUSTER series powered by SECO will
easily represent exciting news for the HPC community aiming to achieve great performance
results with much less power consumption involved. “We felt an immediate connection with
SECO in terms of experimentation and innovation,” said Simone Tinti, HPC Team Leader of E4
Computer Engineering – the CARMA DEV kit on which our series is based has proved to be one
of the most interesting devices to create low power, low-energy high performance
appliances which will be welcomed by all HPC users”.


About E4 Computer Engineering

E4 Computer Engineering: Workstations, server, storage and solution

Established in 2002, E4 Computer Engineering designs and manufactures high performance
systems which aim to accomplish both industrial and scientific research requirements and
to reach a variety of customers ranging from universities to computing centers. E4′s focus
is on HPC although our expertise extends to all segments of IT. Thanks to the established
experience and the outstanding quality of our solutions, E4(R) is acknowledged and
appreciated as a valuable technology vendor by prestigious organizations like C.E.R.N. in
Geneva. We design each system individually, after a thorough analysis of the customer’s
requirements and we make avail of our strong and solid partnership with the most important
technology vendors, to deliver highly personalized, cost effective and power saving

For more info: http://www.e4company.com

About SECO

SECO, world-leading company in electronic embedded solutions, over its 30 years of
experience has shown the ability to adapt its know-how to new, challenging customers’
needs, and to provide cutting edge solutions to its partners. On the strength of its
know-how and in contrast with recent outsourcing policy, SECO has always set the entire
production cycle in Italy, from the development stage to mass distribution. Thanks to new,
innovative solutions and great research and design activities together with the
partnership with major scientific Universities and worldwide leading companies, SECO went
International becoming a global market-leading company providing solutions to modern
challenges. For more info: http://www.seco.com

SOURCE E4 Computer Engineering

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