Nucleus GP: A Personal Supercomputer from NextComputing

To meet the needs of GP-GPU computing (General-Purpose computation on Graphics Processing Units) for environments where space is at a premium or a unit needs to be easily transportable, NextComputing has rolled out the Nucleus GP.

Crammed into a mini-tower case (17.37” H x 16.75” W x 5.80” D), the “personal supercomputer” supports up to three dual-wide PCI Express 2.0 x16 GPUs, 4- or 6-core Intel Xeon or Core i7 processors, up to 24GB DDR3-1333MHz memory, and as many as 14 2.5-inch SATA or SAS drives.

Options available with the Nucleus GP include a rolling case with wheels and telescoping handle, a rugged hard case, and a wireless keyboard with an integrated trackball.

Compact Personal Supercomputer Provides Powerful GPU Computing in a Small Package

NASHUA, N.H. – NextComputing, a leading provider of small form-factor workstations and servers, announces a new addition to its Nucleus family of compact workstations: the Nucleus GP. The Nucleus GP is a small form-factor, mini-tower workstation optimized for GP-GPU computing (General-Purpose computation on Graphics Processing Units). This compact desktop supercomputer provides dense GPU processing, as well as traditional CPU processing, memory, and high-speed storage, into the smallest package available. This makes the Nucleus GP ideal for space-limited environments or for transporting systems among different locations such as large research facilities.

Using the GPU to accelerate complex computations, particularly those of a parallel nature, has been largely adopted become an accepted practice within academia, as well as government and commercial applications. GP-GPU computing is particularly mature in the areas of bioinformatics, medical imaging, and weather modeling, and has gained more recent widespread acceptance in computational finance, engineering simulation, intelligence encryption/decryption, and digital content creation.

Hardware used for this type of computing is usually limited to clusters of rack-mounted servers, or large desk-side tower workstations. However, there are many situations or environments where access to a cluster is not possible, and a traditional workstation is not practical. For example, research labs with multiple departments spread among different buildings may benefit from a GPU-enabled system that is more easily transported. Space-cramped offices like those sometimes found in converted lofts may benefit high-frequency trading groups. And application domain consultants working with clients around the globe may need to set up shop anywhere their services are needed. A desktop supercomputer that is easy to travel with may be essential to their businesses.

The Nucleus GP offers the same features of a high-end GPU workstation in a system that is around half the size and weight. This system features:

- A compact and space-saving mini-tower chassis: 17.37” H x 16.75” W x 5.80” D
- Support for up to three (3) dual-wide PCI Express 2.0 x16 GPUs such as NVIDIA® Tesla™ C-class GPU computing processors or AMD FireStream™ compute accelerators
- Quad- or Six-Core Intel® Xeon or Core™ i7 processor, up to 3.06 GHz
- Up to 24GB DDR3 1333 MHz memory
- Up to (14) 2.5” SATA or SAS hard drives or SATA SSDs, depending on configuration
- 1300W power supply redundant 2+1 hot-swappable power supply module

The Nucleus GP parallel computing workstation is available now from NextComputing and its authorized resellers. Please call +1-603-886-3874 or email for more information.