IBM touts Linux-based supercomputer

On Tuesday, the university and IBM announced the new Linux supercomputer, which will be made up of two IBM Linux clusters and capable of conducting approximately two trillion calculations per second (two teraflops). The clusters will include more than 600 IBM eServer xSeries servers running Linux and hooked together using Myricom's Myrinet cluster interconnect network.

The first cluster is expected to be installed in February and will be based on IBM's eServer x330 thin servers, each powered by two 1GHz Intel Pentium III processors and running Red Hat Linux. IBM will install the second cluster in June, which will use Intel's forthcoming 64-bit Itanium processor and will run TurboLinux's version of Linux.

When talking with engineers or his computer science colleagues, Dan Reed, director of the NCSA and the National Computational Science Alliance, said he finds that a lot of research and development work is being done on Linux clusters.

"It is driven by price-performance and availability of software," Reed said. "It's a real attraction."

The multimillion dollar system will be used by the academic community and also by some of the NCSA's industrial partners, such as J.P Morgan Securities, Sears, Roebuck & Co. and All State Insurance, Reed said. The companies provide the NCSA with a level of funding and gain a certain level of access to the supercomputing centre, he said.

As for academic applications, the new supercomputer may be used for determining the masses of elementary particles, biological calculations, and weather forecasting. The machine is expected to bump the NCSA into the top 10 for academic supercomputers, and possibly the top five, Reed said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Evans

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?