Appro’s Xtreme-X2 Supercomputer Improves Reliability, Performance

High-performance computing incorporates a highly available, scalable, and energy-efficient architecture

Appro launched its second Xtreme-X Supercomputer, the Appro Xtreme-X2, that uses dual-socket, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. The company’s supercomputer series is based on scalable clusters and offers high-performance computing (HPC) that incorporates a highly available, scalable, and energy-efficient architecture.

"Appro's new Xtreme-X Supercomputer Series is focused on addressing the HPC cluster market which is growing by over 30 percent a year and already exceeds 60 percent of all HPC server sales. Appro is focusing its product design to address key customer requirements including system management concerns and price/performance on user applications in large-scale cluster environments," said Steve Conway, research vice president, Technical Computing, IDC, in a prepared statement.

The company says its Xtreme-X2 significantly reduces TCO; its scalable architecture uses a reliable and scalable architecture with 128 nodes/512 Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and 4.5TF of computing power in a single 44U equipment rack. The hardware provides 4TB of memory, hot-swappable blades, redundant cooling fans, and efficient “Power-Factor-Corrected” redundant power supplies.

The Appro’s Xtreme-X2 Supercomputer Directed Airflow cooling configuration reduces data-center floor space by 30 percent and maximizes power and cooling efficiency. It also features redundant (Dual Rail) Infiniband connections with low latency Mellanox ConnectX host channel adapters, plus a dual-rail Ethernet management fabric and network switches. All critical components are accessible, hot-swappable, and redundant for reliability and serviceability.

The system is managed through the preinstalled Appro Cluster Engine software which offers a Web-based interface that can be accessed anywhere. Management modules include Fabric Management, Server Management, Cluster Management, and Resource Management. Support for multiple networking topologies help system achieve reliability, performance, and high availability. The system also features diskless configuration and network failover.

Appro Xtreme-X2 Supercomputer is offered in configurations starting with 64 nodes, with 128 Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors per rack cabinet. More information is available at