The SiCortex SC5832 is a radically denser and more efficient form of high-performance computer. By using ultra-low power components, the SC5832 fits in a single cabinet and uses less than 20 kilowatts of power.
The design solution is a computer cabinet unlike any seen to date. Instead of starting the circuitry at floor level, the SC5832 elevates its “card cage” several feet above the floor, leaving a large void for air to enter. This air is then sent, by a tray of fans, straight up through the circuitry and out the top, keeping the circuits cool.
Because the system will be installed in cramped quarters, its doors have been designed to lift directly up and out of the way for service, rather than out to the side where they would block aisles. The up-and-out travel of the doors does not block air exiting the top exhaust vent, allowing technicians to work directly with the doors open on a fully functional system (crucial for service).
The density of the SC5832 requires the management of a lot of cables in a very small space. The large vertical columns bulge slightly to accommodate cabling routed to external devices such as disk storage. These cables can exit either at floor level or out the top to go into elevated cable races common in computer rooms.