GPU-Xpander Rackmount

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“Add 4, 8, or 16 full-length, full-height PCI Express slots to your current rackmount workstations or servers - instead of replacing them!”

Xpander Rackmount is a 19” rack-mountable PC appliance which provides multiple servers and workstations with between 2 - 16 full-length PCI Express x16 slots, plus multiple, large capacity power supplies and exhaust fans required for operating high-performance discrete NVIDIA® graphics and GPU cards.

By connecting Cubix’s Xpander Rackmount systems to your current 19” rackmount standalone or blade servers, you instantly transform your legacy PC systems into supercomputers for running GPU-accelerated applications ranging from scientific research and CAE modeling/simulation software, to the latest high-performance digital content creation, linear editing, and digital intermediate solutions - dramatically enhancing performance of these applications by as much as 10x-50x or more beyond the capabilities of today’s multi-core CPU technology.

Xpander Rackmount provides an independent life support system for each server or workstation, and each with its own power and cooling, dedicated to the GPUs (as well as other PCI Express-based I/O) themselves. Because Xpander is a separate add-on module, you don’t tax your existing computer’s cooling capability, power supply(s), or violate its warranty by operating it beyond manufacturer’s specifications. You reduce your capital expense increments since you add two or more PCI Express slots to your existing computers instead of a new rackmount workstation with all of the CPU, memory, storage, and operating system license requirements.

Now shipping: PCIe Gen3 Xpander Rackmount 2, Rackmount 8

New for 2014! Available Now!

Cubix has now taken its industry leading, ultra-reliable PCIe slot expansion solution, GPU-Xpander Rackmount 2, and added PCIe Gen3 x16 bus performance! GPU-Xpander Rackmount 2 Gen3 provides a maximum bandwidth of 128Gbps and 2x PCIe Gen3 slots (both are 16-channel physical & electrical) with external PCIe Gen3 x16 connectivity to the host. Use Xpander Rackmount 2 Gen3 for high-end, 4K visualization projects.

Xpander Rackmount 8 Gen3, with a much fast transfer rate than the previous Xpander Rackmount 8 or Rackmount 16, is ideal for use in high-end media+entertainment industry applications or HPC applications where both maximized data transfer speeds and minimal data errors are required. The data cable connectors provide a 250 mating duty cycle.

Retrofit Existing PCs with Standards-Based Open Architecture PCIe Slot Expansion

If you are thinking about adding powerful graphics adapters to your existing computer, learn from the mistakes of others. There are a lot of uncertainties. Is there adequate power for one or more additional 200+ Watt GPUs in your current system? How about enough power for two double-wide 200+ Watt adapters? Will adding a high-powered graphics adapter overheat your workstation or server? Do you have enough physical space for one, two or more graphics cards inside your PC? With Cubix GPU-Xpander systems, questions about using an existing PC have answers.

Buying proprietary oversized workstations to run hardware-accelerated applications may put you at odds with your Information Technology and Purchasing departments. Why invite conflict? Instead, connect your limited but familiar corporate-approved PC to an Xpander. This combination allows you to garner the best possible return on your PC investments from existing service contracts, familiar sourcing, and corporate standards purchasing perspectives. Contact Cubix for guidance on connecting your current deskside or rackmount computers to Xpander.

Xpander Rackmount models support 2-16 PCI Express-based I/O adapters including, but not limited to:

  • NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 680 / 780 / TITAN Black / TITAN Z
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2000 / K4000 / K5000 / K5000 for Mac / K6000
  • NVIDIA Tesla C02075, K10 / K20 / K20X / K40
  • NVIDIA Quadro DVP components
  • Fusion-io® ioFX, and ioDuo memory caching cards
  • Blackmagic Design® Decklink HD Extreme 3D audio/video capture
  • Bluefish444® Epoch 4K
  • AJA® Kona
  • Red® Rocket, and many other 3rd party PCIe-based I/O adapters

Installation is easy. You simply insert a GPU-Xpander PCIe x16 adapter into your host computer's PCI Express slot, connect the cable to the GPU-Xpander, load the GPU’s software driver on your workstation or server, and you’re ready to harness the power of GPU-computing!

Applications For Xpander Rackmount models include:

  • GPU-enabled rendering products from Mental Images®, Chaos Group® V-Ray RT 3.0, BunkSpeed®, Random Control® Arion, and others, along with network queue software from Axceleon™ for management purposes
  • GPU-accelerated scientific research applications such as AMBER, MATLAB, and others
  • CAE applications such as Autodesk®, Moldflow, ACUSIM AcuSolve 1.8, ANSYS Mechanical, and others
  • GPU-accelerated oil & gas applications such as Acceleware® RTM Solver, Headwave, ffA SVI Pro, and others
  • Financial applications such as RMS Risk Management Solutions, Numerix Risk, NAG RNG, and others
  • GPU-accelerated features in the latest thin-client server software from Microsoft®, VMware®, Teradici® and Citrix®
  • NVIDIA® CUDA™-enabled ISV applications seismic, electromagnetic, or financial modeling and simulations
  • Image Processing applications such as Blackmagic® DaVinci Resolve , Assimilate® SCRATCH, CinnaFilm® Pixel Strings, and others
  • Many other GPGPU applications such as Siemens® 4D Ultrasound, Dalsa® Machine Vision, and Manifold® GIS

Xpander Rackmount 2 Gen3

Xpander Rackmount 2 Gen3 is a 2U, external PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis that can support 1 server connection and up to 2 dual-slot, discrete graphics cards or 2 dual-slot GPU cards per system. This enables massive parallel calculations separate from the server, greatly enhancing system performance and flexibility.

  • Enhance existing server I/O infrastructure capabilities without adding servers
  • Hardware-acceleration using NVIDIA graphics and GPU cards for faster HD-SDI capture / playback, VDI and thin-client multimedia performance
  • Save space, weight and cost while increasing I/O card density

New for Q3 2014!

Cubix has now taken its industry leading, high-performance PCIe slot expansion solution, Xpander, and added PCIe Gen3 x16 bus performance! GPU-Xpander Rackmount Series III provides a maximum bandwidth of 128Gbps and 2X PCIe Gen3 slots (all 16-channel physical & electrical) with external PCIe Gen3 16-channel connectivity to the host. Xpander Rackmount Series III, with a much fast transfer rate than Xpander Rackmount Series II, is ideal for use in high-end media+entertainment industry applications or HPC applications where both maximized data transfer speeds and minimal data errors are required. The cable connectors provide a 250 mating duty cycle.

Features

Install GPUs for blazing fast hardware acceleration purposes, as well as other types of 3rd party I/O controllers.

  • Four PCIe Gen 2 x16 expansion slots (Series II) supporting two dual-slot, 4 single-slot cards, or a combination of both formats
  • Two PCIe Gen3 x16 expansion slots (Series III) supporting two dual-slot PCIe cards at maximum bus transfer speed of 128Gbps
  • Supports one host system in 2U, 19" rack mount system
  • A 750W independent power supply, and variable speed. temperature-controlled cooling fans to meet almost any expansion requirement in environments ranging from IT Data centers to the most noise-sensitive digital production sets or post-production workstation offices
  • Simple, quick installation with minimal impact per rackmount computer; install a HIC and drivers for devices you install in GPU-Xpander
  • Each x16 cable and connector provides a 250 mating duty cycle

Benefits

  • Add two dual-slot (Series III) or 4 single-slot (Series II) GPUs for supporting a single rackmount computer which has a very limited slot expansion capabilities and limited power supply capacities
  • Add 3rd party I/O cards such as RED Rocket / Rocket-X, Blackmagic Design Decklink 4k / 3D Extreme, Bluefish444 EPOCH, NVIDIA DVP, ATTO
  • Add powerful GPUs like NVIDIA Quadro K4000 / K5000 / K6000, Tesla K20 / K40 or GeForce GTX 780 / TITAN Black graphics cards, while minimizing the ambient noise impact on production sets and broadcast studios

Don't let your rackmount computers' lack of 'watts and slots' hold you back. Add additional full-length, full-height 16-channel PCIe slots to your current Apple Mac Pro computers or PC workstations. It will give your studio, engineering firm, HPC applications, and IT Data Center the additional I/O "slots and watts" needed for hardware acceleration purposes. Xpander Rackmount 2 fulfills your I/O expansion needs at a reasonable price, with little or no interruption to routine and workflow.

Contact Cubix for details about Xpander Rackmount Gen3. For part numbers, prices and purchase information, visit the Cubix On-line Store, or a Cubix Xpander Dealer near you.

RACKMOUNT 8 SERIES II / RACKMOUNT 8 Gen3

Xpander RACKMOUNT 8 SERIES II

The GPU-Xpander Rack Mount 8 is a 4U or 5U (depending on part-number and I/O cards to be used), external PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis that can support 1-2 server connections with up to 8 discrete, dual-slot graphics or GPU cards per system. This enables massive parallel calculations separate from the server, greatly enhancing system performance and flexibility.

Features

Install GPUs for blazing fast hardware acceleration purposes, as well as other types of 3rd party I/O controllers.

  • Four PCIe Gen 2 x16 expansion slots (all supporting both dual-slot and single-slot cards) per MIB (main interface board)
  • Four PCIe Gen 3 x16 expansion slots (all supporting both dual-slot and single-slot cards) per MIB (main interface board)
  • Two MIBs per 4U or 5U, 19" rack mount system
  • Two independent 1500W power supplies and cooling fans to meet almost any expansion requirement (1 per MIB)
  • Simple, quick installation with minimal impact per rackmount computer; install a HIC and drivers for devices you install in GPU-Xpander
  • Each x16 cable (1 per MIB) and connector (1 per MIB) provides a 250 mating duty cycle

Benefits

  • Add 8 dual-slot / single-slot discrete GPU or co-processing cards for supporting up to 2 rackmount computers which have very limited slot expansion capabilities and limited power supply capacities
  • Add up to 8 GPUs or co-processors per Xpander Rackmount 8 without having to specify, purchase, install and configure new computers
  • Add powerful GPUs like NVIDIA Quadro K4000 / K5000 / K5000 for Mac, K6000, Tesla K20 / K40 or GeForce GTX 780 / TITAN Black / Titan Z graphics cards which operate at PCIe Gen2 or Gen3 specifications
  • Add up to 8 Intel® Phi co-processors for HPC applications

Don't let your rackmount computers' lack of 'watts and slots' hold you back. Get your professional color grading, transcoding, or HPC hardware acceleration moving faster with Xpander Rack Mount 8 for 1-2 computers per Xpander unit. It will give your studio, engineering firm, or IT Data Center the graphics acceleration and HPC performance it needs at a reasonable price with little or no interruption to daily routine and workflow.

Contact Cubix for details about Xpander Rackmount 8. For part numbers, prices and purchase information, visit the Cubix On-line Store or contact your local Cubix or DaVinci Resolve (Linux) dealer.

RACKMOUNT 16 Series II

GPU-Xpander Rack Mount 16 Series II is a 5U, external PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis that can support 1-4 server connections and up to 16 single-slot, discrete graphics cards or 8 dual-slot GPU / co-processor cards. This enables massive parallel calculations separate from the server, greatly enhancing system performance and flexibility.

  • Enhance existing server I/O infrastructure capabilities without adding servers
  • Hardware-acceleration using COTS graphics and GPU cards for faster transcoding, HPC, VDI and thin-client multimedia performance
  • Save space, weight and cost while increasing I/O card density per server

Features

Install GPUs or co-processor cards for blazing fast hardware acceleration purposes, as well as other types of 3rd party I/O controllers.

  • Four PCIe Gen 2 x16 expansion slots per MIB (main interface board)
  • Four MIBs per 5U, 19" rack mount system
  • An independent power supply and cooling fan to meet nearly any expansion requirement (per MIB)
  • Simple, quick installation with minimal impact per rackmount computer; install a HIC and 3rd party I/O card drivers for devices you install in the Xpander Rackmount 16
  • Each x16 cable and connector provides a 250 mating duty cycle

Benefits

  • Add eight dual-slot or 16 single-slot GPUs for supporting up to four rackmount computers which have very limited slot expansion capabilities and limited power supply capacities
  • Add up to 16 GPUs per Xpander Rackmount 16 without having to specify, purchase, install and configure new computers
  • Add powerful GPUs like NVIDIA Quadro K4000 / K5000 / K6000, Tesla K20 / K40 or GeForce GTX 780 / TITAN graphics cards
  • Add up to 8 Intel Phi co-processor cards for HPC applications

Don't let your rackmount computers' lack of 'watts and slots' hold you back. Get your professional color grading, transcoding, VDI or HPC hardware acceleration moving faster with Xpander Rack Mount 16. It will give your studio, engineering firm, or IT Data Center the graphics acceleration and HPC performance it needs at a reasonable price with little or no interruption to routine and workflow.

Contact Cubix for details about Xpander Rack Mount 16. For part numbers, prices and purchase information, visit the Cubix On-line Store.