Bristol, UK, -- Providing a step closer to the realization of supercomputing via the deployment of Linux, Quadrics announces its involvement in the fastest Linux based cluster system to date. The system, called MCR, will be housed at the Department of Energy National Laboratory at Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) in California and will ultimately provide close on 11 Tflop/s compute capacity, comprising of many thousands of processors connected by the largest Quadrics network yet. The performance of the system is anticipated to reach the top 5 of the supercomputers installed today http://www.top500.org/.
Quadrics has been working closely with USDOE National Laboratories and the international research community over the past 2 years in establishing Quadrics technologies within a Linux framework. This collaboration provides in part the necessary infrastructure to accommodate production level supercomputing. The system at LLNL is built from off-the-shelf Intel® Xeon® processors and is provided by Linux NetworX, Inc. - for more information see http://www.lnxi.com/news/llnl_info.php and http://www.llnl.gov/linux/mcr/. The Quadrics network consists of a customized fat-tree network that can accommodate up to 1,536 nodes. The system will run the LLNL CHAOS Linux distribution - see http://www.llnl.gov/linux/chaos/.
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