Dell Jumps on the Linux Cluster Bandwagon
Jan 23, 2003, 16:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Liu)
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Eager to show its support for the open-source community, Dell
Computer on Wednesday announced it has added high-performance
computing cluster (HPCC) capabilites to its PowerEdge 1655MC blade
servers--the company's first blades that support the Linux
The announcement underscores the emphasis that IT vendors at the
Linux World Expo are placing on cluster computing, which leverages
an existing infrastructure with the capabilities to perform complex
computations previously reserved for mainframes. For example, IBM
rolled out Unilever as its newest linux client. The Dutch food
processing multinational plans to take advantage of the Linux
environment for grid computing initiatives eight to 10 years down
the road, a Unilever official told reporters.
But Dell is also late in the game. Sun Microsystems and Platform
Computing released Linux-based clusters at the previous Linux World
Expo last summer in San Francisco. Today, Sun also announced grid
engine portal based on its Sun ONE platform.
Dell said that its HPCC 1655MC clusters doubles the density of
their servers while maximizing spatial limitations. Dell's HPCC's
program offers configurations of 6 to 132 server-nodes using the
Red Hat Linux distribution. (Dell only distributes Red Hat on its
hardware.) Customers can put up to 84 servers a standard rack.
So Dell is trying to take the next logical step by announcing it
has also created a network of HPCC partners to learn more about
customers' specialized requirements and to help deliver more
"Dell's HPCC partner network is an important step in delivering
the many specialized computing solutions that are required in the
high-performance computing market today," said Deb Goldfarb, vice
president at International Data Corp. "Dell is continuing to bring
value to supercomputing with the standardized solutions that have
made the industry take notice."
Prices for a 6-node configuration start at $42,000.