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HP showcases its Linux cluster initiatives and products

Jun 25, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

HP is showcasing its Linux cluster initiatives and products at the ClusterWorld conference this week in San Jose, CA.

According to HP, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is using a 64-node cluster of HP rx2600 servers, based on Itanium 2 procesors servers running Linux, to test software, interconnects, and compute-intensive scientific applications. “We are looking forward to expanding our Linux and Itanium cluster environment with this new HP cluster and will use it for scaling up cluster software packages, such as OSCAR and VMI, and for applications on the HP platform,” said Robert Pennington, senior associate director of computing and data management, NCSA.

Additionally, HP said it is making a multimillion-dollar investment in two Linux-based supercomputing clusters running on HP Itanium 2 and ProLiant server nodes at its Scalable Cluster Center in Littleton, Mass., and that the first phase in deployment of these two clusters has already garnered spots on the latest TOP500 list of the world's most powerful computer systems, joining several HP Linux clusters already on the list.

One of the new clusters, consisting of 68 HP rx2600 Itanium 2 based servers running Linux, was recently used in developing the open source Lustre file system for storage management, as well as for input/output and data transport optimization, HP noted. Together, the clusters deliver 1.13 teraflops of peak performance and are expected to more than double their capacity over the next year, HP said.

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