A revolution of epic proportions in the high-performance computing market is spawning lucrative opportunities for solution providers.
Companies that solve data-intensive computing problems are no longer limited to purchasing only expensive, custom-built supercomputers from Cray or IBM. Now they can go to solution providers to buy inexpensive Linux server clusters built from commodity computer parts.
Take Linux NetworX. CEO Steve Hill said the Sandy, Utah-based integrator recently sold a cluster of 1,152 Intel Xeon-based servers (a total of 2,304 processors) to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., which plans to use the system for scientific research and simulations. Now scientists from other labs are clamoring to use Livermore's cluster.