Everyday people are facing exploding volumes of data that they need to manage. As the model size continues to grow, they need to figure out how to maximize the efficiency of data movement and where possible to move processing to data, rather than data to processing. I see this as a constant issue for most of my customers and therefore part of my job is to provide system benchmarks to help people understand how to choose the most efficient platforms for their data-intensive computations. I recently co-authored a technical white paper on Data Intensive Computing that will provide you a bit more insight on this topic. Feel free to download at: http://www.sgi.com/pdfs/4154.pdf.
This week Silicon Graphics posted a large number of standard and application benchmarks for the SGI® Altix® ICE platform and the Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series (codenamed Nehalem). You can find both the standard and application benchmarks on http://www.sgi.com/products/servers/altix/ice.
As we ran the benchmarks we were able to achieve superior application performance through a combination of different factors, most important being the innovative memory system of the new Intel processor family and the improved ICE platform network topology and I/O. On the website you will find a variety of application benchmarks including MD.Nastran, LS-Dyna, Abaqus, Radioss, Fluent, Gaussian and NAMD just to name a few.