TMCnet: In a bid to speed up the growth of high-performance computing (HPC) – from deskside supercomputers to high-end petaflop-sized clusters,Intel Corp. has introduced Intel Cluster Ready and Intel Connects Cables. These two offerings simplify cluster use and deployment with high-performance computing use expanding from academic and scientific realms to more mainstream use in data centers.
Intel Cluster Ready facilitates the deployment, usage and management of clustered computer systems by providing a standardized and replicable way to build clusters and run "off-the-shelf" high-performance applications. The program includes a specification that sets minimum standards for software and hardware components.
Intel Cluster Ready also includes a software registration process for compatible HPC applications and a hardware certification process that makes use of the Intel Cluster Checker. Intel Cluster Checker also includes fault isolation, helping to improve early detection of cluster problems that can decrease productivity and increase support costs.