Boston Quattro 12256-T

Boston Quattro 12256-T

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Boston Limited's 2U BOS-QK1-12256-T server featuring the latest generation Intel Xeon Phi processor (codenamed Knights Landing) is designed with parallelism and vectorised workloads in mind. Intel's 2nd generation Intel Xeon Phi Product Family,


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Boston Quattro 12256-T

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Boston Limited's 2U BOS-QK1-12256-T server featuring the latest generation Intel® Xeon PhiTM processor (codenamed Knights Landing) is designed with parallelism and vectorised workloads in mind. Featuring up to 72 powerful and efficient cores with ultra-wide vector capabilities (Intel Advanced Vector Extensions or AVX-512), the Intel Xeon Phi processor raises the bar for highly parallel computing. With no dependency on the PCIe bus, the versatile processor is capable of handling a wide variety of workloads and configurations that are not supported by accelerators. Integration of 16GB of high-bandwidth memory delivers up to 490 GB/s of sustained memory bandwidth for memory-bound workloads, and available Intel Omni-Path Fabric further reduces solution cost, power and space utilization.

The Intel Xeon Phi processor is binary-compatible with Intel Xeon processors, which allows it to run any x86 workload to optimize asset utilization across the data center. Standardizing on Intel architecture means that a single programming model can be used for any code, helping increase efficiency through a shared developer base and code reuse. As HPC grows, the need for a flexible and reusable architecture increases.The Intel Xeon Phi processor is a general purpose CPU built on open standards, making any software investment portable to many similar architectures into the future.

As organizations undertake more complex and time-sensitive computational tasks, scalability becomes critical. The server-class Xeon Phi processor can scale rapidly like any Intel Xeon processor, across large distributed systems. This capability is important for running high-performance workloads in the date center, especially analytics and machine learning, where scaling efficiency is critical for rapid training of complex neural networks.

Finally, the following table presents all the available SKUs for the new Intel Xeon Phi processors.


Key Features

4 nodes in 2U factor or 1 node in a tower chassis Newest Xeon Phi Release/Architecture Massively-parallel platform (> 64 cores per node) Integrated on-chip memory


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  • Applications

    Compute-hungry applications
    Deep Learning
    Education and Research

  • BIOS Features

    ACPI 1.0 / 2.0
    APM 1.2
    PCI 2.2
    Plug and Play (PnP)
    SMBIOS 2.3
    USB keyboard support

  • BIOS Type

    128MB SPI Flash with AMI UEFI

  • Buttons

    Power On/Off button
    UID button

  • Certifications

    80 plus Titanium

  • Chipset

    Intel C612

  • Colour


  • CPU Cores

    Up to 72 cores

  • CPU Model


  • CPU Quantity (Installed)


  • CPU Socket

    Socket P

  • Drive Bays

    3 x 3.5" Hot-swap SATA

  • Error Detection

    Corrects single-bit errors
    Detects double-bit errors (using ECC memory)

  • Expansion Slots

    2 x PCI-E 3.0 x16 Low-profile slot

  • Form Factor


  • Input/Output

    1 x COM port
    1 x RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN port
    1 x VGA
    2 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
    2 x SATA DOM (Disk on Module) ports
    2 x USB 2.0 ports (2 rear)
    3 x SATA 3.0 ports (6Gbps)

  • IPMI

    Aspeed AST2400 BMC
    IPMI 2.0 with virtual media over LAN and KVM-over-LAN support
    Support for Intelligent Platform Management Interface v.2.0

  • LED indicators

    HDD activity LED
    Network activity LED
    Power status LED
    Universal Information (UID) LED

  • Manufacturer


  • Memory (Installed)


  • Memory Slots


  • Memory Speed


  • Memory Type


  • Memory Voltage


  • Network Adapter

    1 x Realtek RTL8201N PHY (dedicated IPMI)
    Intel i350 Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet
    Supports 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T, RJ45 output
    Virtual Machine Device Queues High efficient I/O overhead

  • Networking

    4 x Intel Omni-Path Host Fabric Interface Adapter 100 Series 1-port PCIe x16 Low Profile

  • Power Supply

    2000W redundant power supply

  • Product Range

    Boston Quattro

  • SATA Controller

    SATA3 (6Gbps) with RAID 0, 1, 5

  • Software (Installed)

    1 x Intel Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition for Linux - Named-User Academic (ESD)

  • SSD's (Installed)

    4 x Samsung 256GB 850 PRO

  • System Cooling

    4 x 8cm heavy duty PWM fans with optimal fan speed control

  • Video


April 2017

Boston Quattro 12256-T - Not Your Everyday Server

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