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NEC To Unveil New Molecular Dynamics Computational Server

NEC today announced the launch of a molecular dynamics computational server, NEC Express5800/MD Server, in Japan. This new machine reduces processing time of molecular dynamics simulation with a dedicated computation board "MD Engine" that processes time-consuming computation, nonbonded interactions at high speed.

Features of the new products are:

  1. Dedicated computation board "MD Engine" for high-speed computations of nonbonded interactions
  2. Highly accurate calculation without cutoff (a method of omitting a calculation of nonbonded interactions between long distance atoms, which is normally applied to reduce the computation time.)
  3. Supporting de-facto standard MD program (AMBER) with an integrated operation environment (enables users to execute programs on the MD Server from a client PC.)
  4. Reliable support system

The new product's hardware price starts at ¥3,400,000 (~US$28,460; tax exclusive) for the smallest configuration, and the shipping starts on November 30, 2005. NEC expects 1,500 system sales in next three years.

And the specs:

Model Name Express5800/MD120La Express5800/MD120La-R
Model Number N8100-1153 N8100-1154
Form Tower Rack
Accelerator MD Engine
CPU 64-bit Intel Xeon Processor x 1 - 2
3.80GHz/FSB800MHz/2Mbyte cache
64-bit Intel Xeon Processor x 1-2
3.80GHz/FSB800MHz/2Mbyte cache
Memory DDR333,
Hard Disk 73.2GBx2~73.2GBx6 73.2GBx2~73.2GBx6
PCI slots PCI-Express(8X)x2, 32bit/33MHz PCIx1 64bit/66MHz PCI-Xx3 [LowProfile]
Standard Interface Front None Serial (DB9)x1, USB2.0x2
Back Video x1, Keyboard (PS/2)x1,
Mouse (PS/2)x1, Serial x 2, Parallel x1,
10/100/1000BASE-Tx2, USB2.0x2
Video x1, Keyboard (PS/2)x1,
Mouse (PS/2)x1, Serial (DB9)x1,
10/100/1000BASE-Tx2,USB2.0x2, SCSIx1
Dimensions, (WxDxH mm) 220 x 671 x 453 427 x 722 x 88 (2U)
Weight (Max.) 23kg (35kg) 22kg (30kg)
Max. Power Consumption 670VA/660W 610VA/600W
Energy Consumption Efficiency 0.014 0.012
Supported AP AMBER
Supported OS Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES3 Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS3/ES3

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