Prepackaged Clustered Servers Deliver High-Performance to Small and Medium
Armonk, NY, April 6, 2004 -- IBM today announced new Departmental
Supercomputing Solutions, a variety of prepackaged, pre-tested cluster
configurations that deliver easy to manage high-performance compute power
at an affordable price. The new IBM Departmental Supercomputing Solutions
allow organizations with smaller budgets and staffs the same world class
supercomputing technology used by large organizations and prestigious labs.
IBM Departmental Supercomputing Solutions are comprehensive cluster
packages offered in a variety of configurations to meet the needs of
smaller organizations. Each cluster is comprised servers devoted to running
applications, a management server to administer cluster resources and a
network interconnect to allow communication between the servers. Every
system is packaged and tested as a cluster prior to shipping.
"Many if not all of the roadblocks of deploying clustered servers have been
blown away by this Departmental Supercomputing Solution to give small and
medium sized businesses a competitive advantage in the marketplace, " said
Dave Turek, Vice President Deep Computing, IBM. " We have virtually
eliminated the complexity of management, extensive floor-space and power
requirements and packaged a variety of choices, at an affordable price, so
customers with smaller budgets and staff can still solve challenging
problems in life sciences, petroleum exploration, structural design,
high-energy physics and finance and securities."
IBM Departmental Supercomputing Solutions are offered in a variety of
packaged, pretested clustered configurations running either Linux or
** IBM eServer Blade Center HS20- Up to 14 dual Intel Xeon processor blade servers in a 7U chassis.
** IBM eServer xSeries 335- Dual Intel Xeon processor server in a 1U rack optimized form factor.
** IBM eServer 325 - Dual AMD Opeteron processor server in a 1U rack
optimized form factor.
The servers are combined with the IBM eServer xSeries 345 management server
which is the single point of administration for all cluster resources,
which communicates with the other servers in the cluster over a highly
secure Ethernet virtual LAN (VLAN). Each Departmental Supercomputing
Solution also has a separate Gigabit Ethernet VLAN to interconnect all
servers for application internode communications and a terminal server
network for remote console applications.
IBM has also received support from a variety of HPC software tool vendors
to enhance the manageability and utility of the solutions, and to reduce
the clusters time-to-productivity.
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leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from
across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services,
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