"As the need for bigger, faster supercomputers increases at a
rapid pace, IBM and the National Center for Supercomputing
Applications at the University of Illinois at Champaign are working
together to create the world's fastest Linux supercomputer. The
NCSA said today it will install two Linux clusters, which include
more than 600 IBM xSeries eServers running Linux and Myricom's
Myrinet cluster interconnect network."
"IBM Global Services will install the first cluster next
month, which will be based on IBM eServer x330 thin servers, each
with two 1GHz Intel Pentium III processors running Red Hat Linux.
The second cluster, which will run Turbolinux, will be installed
this summer and will be one of the first to use Intel's
next-generation 64-bit Itanium processor, IBM officials
"Dan Reed, director of the NCSA and the National Computational
Science Alliance, said Linux clusters provide users with a single,
easy-to-use computing environment that applies to single-user
desktop workstations, small research clusters and the largest
"tera-scale" systems. "The explosion of the open-source community,
the maturity of clustering software and the enthusiasm of the
scientific community all tell us that Linux clusters are the future
of high-performance computing," Reed said."