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ComputerWorld: IBM makes it easier to build clusters of Linux servers

Aug 15, 2000, 23:23 (0 Talkback[s])

"IBM is making it easier for users to build clusters of Linux servers for running large computationally intensive applications. The company today announced a series of prepackaged Linux cluster offerings that it claimed will allow users to tie up to 64, two-processor Intel Corp. servers into one massive Linux cluster."

"IBM's Solutions Series for Linux Clusters combines its Netfinity PC server line with Arcadia, Calif.-based Myricom Inc.'s Myrinent cluster interconnect technologies, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Extreme Network Inc.'s Ethernet switches and terminal servers from Equinox Systems Inc. in Sunrise, Fla. IBM will also bundle in supporting software and utilities for installing and managing applications, said David Gelardi, a director at IBM's Deep Computing group."

"Users can buy the clusters in configurations of 8, 16, 32 and 64 nodes. ... The first Linux clusters are being targeted mainly at engineering and scientific markets because that is where the applications are, Gelardi said. ... IBM plans to make similar clusters available for commercial applications such as data warehousing and Web serving in the future, Gelardi said. Also on the cards is a high-availability cluster configuration, he added."

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