Linux Networx and Fluent Offer Integrated CFD Cluster System
Tuesday June 17 2003 @ 09:18AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, June 17, 2003 - Linux Networx announced today the availability of an Evolocity(R) II cluster system optimized with leading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software from Fluent(R) Inc., the market leaders in CFD. Linux Networx and Fluent formed a strategic partnership to design the pre-integrated cluster system, offering customers a significant decrease in CFD simulation time. Fluent gave the solution added endorsement by installing a cluster system in their Remote Simulation Facility (RSF), which provides customers with access to supercomputing power remotely.

The Evolocity cluster is available to customers who desire a system pre-integrated with Fluent software, ideal for fast and accurate CFD simulations. The system includes Linux Networx Evolocity compute nodes, and Clusterworx(R) and ICE Box(TM) to simplify cluster management.

Fluent purchased a Linux Networx cluster to power the RSF, allowing existing Fluent customers to take advantage of supercomputing capacity for time critical or complex CFD simulations through a highly secure Internet portal. Fluent simulation software is used in industries ranging from aerospace and automotive design to oil and gas exploration and electronics packaging.

"The level of refinement in the Linux Networx solution was simply remarkable, from the design of the Evolocity II rack to the Clusterworx software to manage the entire cluster," said Earl Zmijewski, Ph.D., director of computer services for Fluent. "We were very impressed and recommend Linux Networx to our customers without any reservations."

Linux clustering is a method of linking multiple computers together to form a unified and more powerful system. Linux Networx recently shipped an 11.2 teraflops cluster, which currently ranks as the world's fastest Linux supercomputer, and the third overall fastest supercomputer in the world (www.top500.org).

"The Evolocity Fluent cluster system gives customers shorter design cycles, helping products get to market faster while saving money," said Eric Pitcher, vice president of product marketing, government, industrial and life sciences for Linux Networx. "Linux Networx worked with Fluent to design a system to improve the speed and accuracy of CFD simulations."

For more information about the Evolocity cluster system optimized for Fluent software, visit http://www.linuxnetworx.com/partner/case_studies.php?company=Fluent. Or, for more information about Fluent's RSF, visit http://www.fluent.com/software/rsolve/index.htm .

About Linux Networx

Linux Networx (www.linuxnetworx.com) brings its powerful and easy-to-manage cluster technology to those demanding high performance computing and high availability systems. Linux Networx provides solutions for organizations involved in biotechnology research, oil and gas exploration, aeronautical and chemical modeling, graphics rendering and visual effects, and other technological research fields. Through its innovative Evolocity hardware, ICE(TM) cluster management tools and professional service and support, Linux Networx provides end-to-end clustering solutions. To date, the company has built some of the fastest cluster systems in the world, and boasts numerous Fortune 500 customers. In 2002, Linux Networx designed and delivered the world's fastest Linux supercomputer.

About Fluent

Fluent is the world's largest provider of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and consulting services. Fluent's software is used for simulation, visualization, and prediction of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and chemical reactions. It is a vital part of the computer-aided engineering (CAE) process for companies around the world and in almost every manufacturing industry. Using Fluent's software, product development, design and research engineers build virtual prototypes and simulate the performance of proposed and existing designs, which helps them to optimize, troubleshoot, scale-up, and retrofit. Use of CFD software reduces time-to-market by reducing the need for costly physical testing and prototyping.

Fluent's corporate headquarters are located in Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA. Fluent's European headquarters are located in Sheffield, England, with local offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden. Fluent's Asia Pacific headquarters are located in Tokyo, Japan. Its CFD software is also available around the world through joint ventures, partnerships, and distributors in Korea, Australia, Brazil, China, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Middle East, and most European countries.

Fluent is a subsidiary of Aavid Thermal Technologies Inc. Additional information on Fluent's products can be obtained on the World Wide Web at http://www.fluent.com or by e-mailing info@fluent.com . More information on Aavid Thermal Technologies is available at http://www.aavid.com. FLUENT(R) is a registered trademark of Fluent Inc.

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