Two Thousand Nineteen

Happy New Year 2019
Happy New Year! 2018 flew by in what seemed like a heartbeat. It was a good year for Pogo. Time indeed flies when you’re having fun, and 2019 is already upon us.  This year is already queued up to be another exciting one.

We are Turning Twenty!

20 Years of Pogo LinuxIn the volatile and sometimes unpredictable landscape of our information technology industry, longevity is uncommon. Technologies come and go. Methodologies fall into and out of favor. Linux distributions continually iterate and improve. For the past twenty years, Pogo has been right here in the thick of it, providing solutions to technological challenges for companies of all sizes, universities, and government organizations. That’s right – 2019 marks Pogo’s twentieth anniversary! We plan to celebrate this milestone in a variety of ways throughout 2019.

Busy Calendar Ahead

This year will be Pogo’s busiest ever for trade shows and open source conferences across this great nation. We’ll be proudly exhibiting at some of our favorite open source events, such as the SoCal Linux Expo (aka SCaLE 17x), and LinuxFest Northwest (also celebrating their 20th anniversary!). We’ll have booths at several other big shows, such as NAB and SIGGRAPH to name just a couple. We also look forward to returning to LISA (in Portland this year). We will be adding more as get further into the year. For an up-to-date list of upcoming shows, please visit our Events Page.

Cool Swag Alert

Pogo Linux 20th Anniversary Coin T-ShirtAfter an extended absence, back by popular demand: The Pogo Linux Coin T-Shirt! Help us celebrate our twentieth anniversary in style. Our original “coin” t-shirt was a huge hit when it was first introduced in the early 2000’s. It has now been several years since we’ve made them available, and they’ve been very persistently requested by our fans. We are stoked to be updating our famous coin for our 20th anniversary. Stop by our booth at an upcoming show to get yours. Supplies are limited – first come first serve!

Exciting New Technologies for 2019

This year, we’ll also have a bunch of cool new tech for your server room and data center.  Our storage software partner OSNEXUS will be releasing their eagerly awaited new version of their flagship software-defined-storage application, QuantaStor SDS 5. We’re also looking forward to new CPUs from Intel, and new storage solutions from Western Digital. Check back often to pogolinux.com.

OSNEXUS Certified Storage


To learn about how Pogo can help you tackle the technological challenges your organization is facing, please call us at 888-828-POGO, or email sales@pogolinux.com.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 – Early Benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
Like us, you may have tuned in last week to watch NVIDIA’s official unveiling of their new GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. While it’s too early for the average joe to get their hands on one, the early impressions are already coalescing throughout the web.

Upgrade or stick with a 1080 Ti?

According to the initial consensus, the performance jump for gaming looks to be fairly GeForce RTX Turingmodest. The biggest benefit will be for gamers running games at 4k. The gaming community is waiting for applications to be better optimized for the new architecture.  However, the computing performance increases appear to be quite significant! Some specific benchmarks have shown as much of a 2x jump in performance.

Highlights of Early Benchmarks

The CUDA/OpenCL benchmarking so far on 2080 Ti is showing better performance, not just for Deep Learning and AI workloads with new Turing Tensor cores, but for more generalized computing as well.

The RTX 2080 consumes a little more power than the GTX 1080 Ti (20 watts on average), but benchmarks have shown a 2x gain in performance per watt.

Memory bandwidth of GDDR6 over the GDDR5 in the 1080 Ti translates to comparatively higher performance.

Single-precision float performance is showing a roughly 30% increase over the 1080 Ti.

Much of the performance improvements are coming from the Turing Tensor Cores. Once applications are able to take full advantage of the new instruction sets, these GPUs will really shine with their new architecture.

Iris 4290-8GPUT – Parallel Processing Powerhouse

Iris 4290-8GPUT 8x GPU ServerBoasting up to 8 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs in one server, the Iris 4290-8GPUT is a no-holds-barred powerhouse for deep learning.  This system is poised to take on the most data-intensive deep learning projects. In addition to the GPUs, it delivers a pair of the latest Intel Xeon SP™ CPUs, up to 1536 GB of memory, 16x SAS or SATA hard drives, and 2200 watts of redundant power. Check it out here at pogolinux.com.

Iris 1291-4GPU-TP – A Small Box for Large Projects

Iris 1291-4GPUT-TP

An impressive amount of parallel processing can be shoehorned into a 1U server. Behold the Iris 1291-4GPU-TP. As you can see in the photo, not only are there two Intel Xeon SP Processors, there are 4 NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs. It also sports a pair of the latest and greatest Intel Xeon SP processors. Top it off with 2000 watts of redundant power and dual-port 10G Ethernet. Explore your configuration options on pogolinux.com.

Velocity D59PSC – Your Personal Supercomputer

Velocity D59PSC
Who says you need a server for deep learning? You can have a supercomputer right there on your desk! The Velocity D59PSC puts a profound amount of processing power at your fingertips. Start off with  dual Intel Xeon SP processors, along with up to 1 TB of memory, an M.2 bootable SSD, a RAID of up to 8 hard drives, and dual-port 10G Ethernet. The coup de grace is up to 4x NVIDIA Tesla GPU cards. Configure yours now at pogolinux.com.

 

GPU Servers featuring NVIDIA Tesla


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Deeper Learning with GPUs!

Deeper Learning with NVIDIA GPU Servers

Back in the day, when someone mentioned artificial intelligence, images sprang to mind of either malevolent robots attacking the planet or laboratories full of gigantic machines with blinking lights on the front, surrounded by scientists in lab coats. Fast forward to today, and we find that AI is not just for sci-fi movies or secret government laboratories. AI and Deep Learning has found a home in every corner of academia and industry. We are able to find solutions to problems that once seemed impractical to take on, due to the sheer amount of data that needed to be analyzed. Thanks to the advent of the GPU, an astounding amount of mathematical processing power is now available to the mainstream.

Why GPU? / Why not CPU?

With CPU technology continuing to move forward at a healthy pace, one might ask why we need graphical processors to do the work of the CPU. It’s all a matter of ‘horses for courses.’ CPUs NVIDIA Teslaare terrific for performing a sequence of different calculations on a piece of data, while GPUs are ideal for performing one particular task on a huge array of data simultaneously. In practical terms, GPUs can analyze large groups of data in a much shorter time than CPUs alone. This advance in parallel processing has enabled monumental breakthroughs in a wide variety of endeavors across various disciplines, such as meteorology, medicine, music, and even self-driving cars.

Put GPUs to Work on Your Projects

We offer a well rounded selection of GPU servers, based on the NVIDIA Tesla architecture. Pick the system that’s right for your workload. We have everything, from burly GPU workstations to a variety of rackmount GPU servers, running as many as 8 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs.

Iris 4290-8GPUT – Parallel Processing Powerhouse

Iris 4290-8GPUT 8x GPU ServerBoasting up to 8 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs in one server, the Iris 4290-8GPUT is a no-holds-barred powerhouse for deep learning.  This system is poised to take on the most data-intensive deep learning projects. In addition to the GPUs, it delivers a pair of the latest Intel Xeon SP™ CPUs, up to 1536 GB of memory, 16x SAS or SATA hard drives, and 2200 watts of redundant power. Check it out here at pogolinux.com.

Iris 1291-4GPU-TP – A Small Box for Large Projects

Iris 1291-4GPUT-TP

An impressive amount of parallel processing can be shoehorned into a 1U server. Behold the Iris 1291-4GPU-TP. As you can see in the photo, not only are there two Intel Xeon SP Processors, there are 4 NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs. It also sports a pair of the latest and greatest Intel Xeon SP processors. Top it off with 2000 watts of redundant power and dual-port 10G Ethernet. Explore your configuration options on pogolinux.com.

Velocity D59PSC – Your Personal Supercomputer

Velocity D59PSC
Who says you need a server for deep learning? You can have a supercomputer right there on your desk! The Velocity D59PSC puts a profound amount of processing power at your fingertips. Start off with  dual Intel Xeon SP processors, along with up to 1 TB of memory, an M.2 bootable SSD, a RAID of up to 8 hard drives, and dual-port 10G Ethernet. The coup de grace is up to 4x NVIDIA Tesla GPU cards. Configure yours now at pogolinux.com.

 

GPU Servers featuring NVIDIA Tesla


To learn about how Pogo can help you tackle the technological challenges your organization is facing, please call us at 888-828-POGO, or email sales@pogolinux.com.

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All Aboard the NVM Express

Flash memory technology continues to evolve. We are transitioning away from spinning platters, as we move toward an all-flash future. It has been apparent for some time that solid state storage devices have been bottlenecked by the interface through which they connect to the rest of the system. Interfaces such as SCSI, SATA, and SAS have been terrific for spinning platters, but flash storage really needed a better, faster interface. All aboard the NVM Express!

NVMe Defined

“NVM Express is an open collection of standards and information to fully expose the benefits of non-volatile memory in all types of computing environments from mobile to data center. NVMe is designed from the ground up to deliver high bandwidth and low latency storage access for current and future NVM technologies.”  –nvmexpress.org

Accelerate Your Network Storage

We offer a well rounded selection of NVMe based servers, all with the the Intel Xeon SP Product Family™ and a dense complement of NVMe Solid State Drives. Have a look at all of our offerings at pogolinux.com. Here are a few of our most popular NVMe systems:

Iris NV1220 – Maximum Density / Minimum Footprint

Iris NV1220 front & rearAt first glance, you can see that the Iris NV1220 means business. A whopping 20 NVMe SSDs are shoehorned into a diminutive 1U rack chassis.  As if that weren’t enough, it also sports a pair of the latest and greatest Intel Xeon SP processors. Top it off with 1600 watts of redundant power and dual-port 10G Ethernet. Explore your configuration options on pogolinux.com.

Iris NV2225 – Efficient, Cool, Expansive

Iris NV2225Need even more superfast storage on your network? The NV2225 boasts 24 2.5″ NVMe drive bays, along with dual Intel Xeon SP™ processors, and 1600 watts of high-efficiency redundant power, in a cool 2U form factor. Configure yours now at pogolinux.com.

Iris NV1211 – Compact, Yet Massive

Iris NV1211Limited on rack space? The Iris NV1211 delivers a pair of the latest Intel Xeon Processors, along with 10 x 2.5″ NVMe SSDs. Combine this with redundant and super-efficient power supplies, and you have a package that punches way above its weight class. Check it out here at pogolinux.com.

Configure your Pogo Linux NVMe Server


To learn about how Pogo can help you tackle the technological challenges your organization is facing, please call us at 888-828-POGO, or email sales@pogolinux.com.

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Drool-Worthy System Configurations – Pogo on The Lunduke Show

For his latest appearance on The Lunduke Show, Paul, our VP of Sales & Product Development talked with Bryan about a few eye-popping system configurations. A full petabyte of flash storage in a 1U box?! Yes, it will be available very soon! They also discussed super quiet NAS systems, easy to configure network switches, and the now laughable cost of storage back in the early 2000s.

Systems Mentioned in the Video

Intel has recently introduced a storage server that boasts a full petabyte of solid state storage in one single rack space, using their new Ruler SSD form factor.

A petabyte of flash storage in 1U

Velocity D59SQ

Velocity D59SQThe Velocity D59SQ is a super-quiet workstation that makes for a terrific storage server, with up to 8x SAS or SATA drives in a RAID. Perfect for file storage in a quiet video studio!

 

Iris 229-12

block-iris-228-12The Iris 229-12 2U storage server is a super versatile solution – the perfect NAS for running ZFS on Linux.

 

When researching a new IT purchase, navigating the available hardware options can be daunting, especially when dealing with cutting edge new architectures. We strongly recommend contacting Paul and our Sales Engineering team for up-to-the-minute advice. We will ensure you get the ideal solution for your workload and budget!

Configure your Pogo Linux NVMe Server


To learn about how Pogo can help you tackle the technological challenges your organization is facing, please call us at 888-828-POGO, or email sales@pogolinux.com.

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