Magma ExpressBox 3600 Supports New NVIDIA K80 Dual-GPU Accelerators

High performance computing system, ExpressBox 3600, tested and ready for use with new GPU accelerators


SAN DIEGO, Calif., Nov. 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Magma today announced full support for the new NVIDIA® Tesla® K80 dual-GPU accelerator within the ExpressBox 3600 (EB3600) High Performance Computing expansion system. Each Tesla K80 contains two GPUs per board, with a total of 4,992 cores and 24 Gbytes of ultra-fast GDDR5 memory. The EB3600 holds up to nine Tesla K80 accelerators, for a total of 18 GPUs (44,928 cores) and 216 Gbytes of DRAM.

Magma worked closely with NVIDIA to complete system certifications, which includes thermal and bandwidth tests. The certification of the EB3600 ensures the NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerators will perform as expected and be protected within the appropriate cooling environment for peak performance. The specialized environment inside the EB3600 chassis supports the newly enhanced NVIDIA GPU Boost™ technology, which dynamically converts power headroom into the optimal performance boost for each individual application. The EB3600 provides high speed non-blocking Gen 3 x16 PCIe switching at between all GPU accelerators (for inter-card GPUDirect operation) and one, two, or four Gen 3 x16 connections to the host server or workstation.

"Supporting the K80 is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the mission critical, performance, power, and cooling capabilities of the EB3600," said Tim Miller, president of Magma. "Magma is pleased to be in lock step with NVIDIA in being able to delivery system solutions that support the Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator, on the day that it is announced."

Magma worked with numerous server OEMs to verify compatibility of the EB3600 GPU expansion systems. The EB3600 is designed specifically for a wide variety of high performance computing configurations. Demanding computing applications such as oil and gas exploration, computational finance, defense, aerospace and medical will see up to 2X performance improvement in computational throughput with the Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator compared to the Tesla K40 accelerator.

Customers looking to build high performance computing systems should contact their Magma sales representative to receive assistance in architecting an ideal solution with recommendations based upon their application requirements.

"Tesla K80 is the world's fastest accelerator ever built, and Magma's advanced expansion system will enable virtually any server to take advantage of its computational capabilities," said Roy Kim, group manager of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. "Working with Magma and our vast ecosystem of supporting partners and technologies, we look forward to bringing the game-changing capabilities of GPU-accelerated computing to new markets and customers."

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About Magma

Magma develops and manufactures expansion computing solutions using Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI), Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe), and Thunderbolt Systems for servers, desktops and portable computing platforms. Magma's line of products includes enclosed and non-enclosed solutions ranging from single slot expansion products to fault-tolerant, Reliable Available Serviceable (RAS) systems specifically designed for mission critical environments.

Magma products are platform independent and are used in a variety of industries including audio and video production, test and measurement, medical imaging, surveillance, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, data acquisition, and high performance computing. Magma's team of experienced engineers has been developing expansion and connectivity solutions since 1987 and holds more than a dozen technology patents, making them a pioneer and leader in the market space. All Magma products are designed and assembled in the United States. For more information about Magma visit

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