RENO, Nev., Nov. 13, 2007 – HP today announced new high-performance computing
platforms designed to help midsize businesses compete more effectively by taking
advantage of the powerful technologies that have transformed engineering and
research in some of the world’s largest enterprises.
Highlighting the launch at the Supercomputing 2007 tradeshow is the HP Cluster
Platform Workgroup System, which offers affordable, high-performance computing
without the hassle, complexity and expense of an enterprise-level system.
Built on the HP BladeSystem c3000, the system delivers almost a teraflop per second of
computing power while occupying only two square feet of floor space.
Ideal for HPC applications in computer-aided engineering (CAE), oil and gas, financial
services, and life and material sciences environments, the HP CP Workgroup System
enables customers to run larger and more difficult compute-intensive workloads faster –
providing seven times as much simulation performance as a single-node system.
Further expanding its midsize business technology offerings, HP also introduced midsize
Solution Blocks for material science and CAE, and a high-density x86 server ideal for
“HP is extending the power of high-performance computing to midsize businesses by
delivering easy-to-use and affordable solutions that allow customers to stay ahead of the
competition,” said Winston Prather, vice president and general manager, High
Performance Computing, HP. “In September, HP introduced the BladeSystem c3000, the
industry’s first compact, economical, all-in-one blade environment designed specifically
for midsize companies. With today’s news, our goal is to be the one supplier to address
all IT needs for midmarket customers.”
Bringing high-performance computing power to midsize companies
The HP CP Workgroup System is built on the most versatile blade enclosure for midsize
businesses, remote sites, branch offices – the HP BladeSystem c3000, aka “Shorty.”
Engineered to fit into small spaces, this energy-efficient blade solution uses power
supplies that plug into standard wall outlets, integrated network cables and easy-to-use
Using this hardware as a foundation for midsize customers dealing with HPC
workloads, HP has packaged integrated solution modules that feature powerful servers,
interconnects, optional storage, power and cooling management, operating systems,
middleware, and cluster management software.
HP also announced the first of several planned Solution Blocks available via HP’s
application resellers to offer midsize customers additional support and easy
For customers in materials sciences, the Accelrys Materials Studio solution, configured
with the CP Workgroup System, Linux and XC Cluster management software, is
delivered ready to go by HP and Accelrys certified resellers.
For CAE customers, the ANSYS FLUENT CFD solution configured with the CP
Workgroup System and Windows® Compute Cluster Server is promoted by ANSYS
and its channels. The ANSYS FLUENT CFD applications achieve seven times
performance improvement on a fully configured CP Workgroup system when compared
to performance on a single desktop.
Both solutions help increase productivity in simulation and modeling to achieve lower
total cost of ownership.
“With HP’s Cluster Platform 3000 running Windows Compute Cluster Server, Calloway
Golf can model several critical aspects of club head design before ever cutting a mold,”
said Matt Erickson, senior manager, Product Analysis and Measurements, Callaway
Golf. “We can determine performance characteristics and do extensive failure analysis
before we build the first prototype. This reduces the cost of developing cutting-edge
composite, titanium and stainless steel parts, and reduces time-to-market because we
significantly reduce the number of cycles required to optimize a design. This is a
tremendous benefit for Callaway, and ensures that we will continue to lead the market
in innovative club design.”
New server ideal for HPC customers
HP additionally announced a new rack server ideal for midsize HPC customers. The HP
ProLiant DL160 G5 is designed for optimal price and performance in compute-intensive
The server is based on the Intel® 5400 chipset and supports quad-core processors. The
server is optimized for high-performance compute applications and enhances the
system’s performance and compute capability. The server includes input/output,
memory and management features that make it ideal for customers deploying highdensity
solutions for scale-out applications. The DL160 G5 will be available in HP
Cluster Platform configurations for HPC applications.
Availability and pricing
The HP Cluster Platform Workgroup System is available today and the HP ProLiant
DL160 G5 is expected to be available during the first quarter of 2008. A CP
Workgroup System price quote is available at www.hp.com/go/CP-Express. Pricing for
the HP DL160 G5 will start at under $1,500.(1)
The HP Cluster Platform Workgroup System is part of the HP Unified Cluster Portfolio for
HPC, which features integrated compute, storage and visualization capabilities in a
comprehensive range of solutions, from entry level to full capability.
More information on HP’s high-performance computing solutions is available at:
More information on HP’s solutions for midsize businesses is available at:
HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from
individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing,
personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s
largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $100.5 billion for the four fiscal quarters
ended July 31, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at