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Supermicro SuperBlade™ Servers Chosen for CERN Project


Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a leader in application-optimized, high performance server solutions, today announced that its dual-processor (DP) SuperBlade™ servers were recently chosen by CERN (one of the world’s largest research labs) for part of a significant upgrade of its computing capacity for the new LHC (Large Hadron Collider) project in Geneva. High computational performance, excellent scalability, superior energy efficiency and a competitive price/performance ratio were key factors in this prestigious selection process.

“Our success on previous CERN projects, coupled with Supermicro’s industry-leading blade server technology, enabled us to distinguish ourselves from the competition,” said Charles Liang, CEO and president of Supermicro. “Ideal for HPC clusters and data centers, Supermicro SuperBlade platforms deliver unsurpassed performance, computing density and energy efficiency, which saves operational costs (lower total cost of ownership) and also helps preserve our environment for future generations.”

“As one of the world’s leading international research centers, we are always looking to meet an ever-growing demand for computing performance, striving for maximum performance over total cost of ownership,” said Helge Meinhard, coordinator for server and storage procurements, of CERN. “This is even more true this year when the LHC will start operating and producing an estimated 15 Petabytes of data each year that need to be processed. With these blade server platforms, we can efficiently realize a significant increase in computational power while minimizing our operational costs.”

This latest CERN project deploys 210 Supermicro SuperBlade servers equipped with Intel® Xeon® Quad-Core processors. These servers feature Supermicro’s industry-leading high-efficiency (93%*) power supplies, which help significantly increase overall system power savings.

As with some previous CERN projects, Supermicro worked closely with E4 Computer Engineering S.p.A., a highly respected supplier of major Italian and European computation and scientific research centers. Together with the supply of some storage systems, the monetary value of this order exceeds one million Euros, and it also means that E4 has now provided over 1500 total servers to CERN.

“We are proud to work with Supermicro to provide its SuperBlade solutions to CERN, one of the world’s largest and most established centers for scientific research, ” said Vincenzo Nuti, CEO of E4 Computer Engineering. “Supermicro’s blade technology is among the best in the world, our partnership with them has already achieved great results and I am sure that, thanks to the combination of E4’s know-how and Supermicro’s technology, we will continue to obtain extraordinary outcomes.”

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