Recently, our team acquired a revolutionary Azul appliance platform. I had a great opportunity to play with this exciting hardware a little when installing and running the first helloworld programs both in Java and C. This was the first time ever that this machine was used in an academic institution. Here is some more info:
Azul appliance is built around the Vega 3 chip and is a unique virtualization platform that features 54 cores pre processor giving users the power to run up to 800 Java threads in parallel. Futhermore, the appliance offers ~700GB of memory while running a concurrent GC that achieves garbage collection without any pauses in the host application.
Find more at our webpage: http://sss.cs.purdue.edu/projects/azul/