nCore HPC has rolled out their BrownDwarf supercomputer that features a heterogeneous ARM- and digital signal processor-based (DSP) system, capable of carrying out high-performance computing tasks at significantly reduced power levels.
Seen above, the BrownDwarf supercomputer chassis houses up to 48 compute nodes, and each node features four ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processors, 24 TMS320C66x DSP cores and 26GB of ECC memory. The node also integrates multiple Keystone-II and Keystone-I SoC components from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). When three of these chassis are packed into a 42U server rack, the 144-node BrownDwarf supercomputer is capable of delivering up to 70 teraFLOPs of performance at a rated power requirement of only 10 kW.
The BrownDwarf supercomputer operates on an optimized version of Linux that runs on the ARM side of its heterogeneous system. At such, it provides developers and system integrators access to feature-rich C/C++ libraries using OpenMP, OpenCL, and OpenMPI. This allows for the preservation, and low-risk source code porting of the user's existing mission critical systems. For more information on the BrownDwarf supercomputer, do visit its official page here.
(Source: nCore HPC)