The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) plans to use more than 1,450 Dell servers in a powerful Linux supercomputer.
Linux is growing in popularity among supercomputer designers as an operating system for high-performance computing.
IBM and Fujitsu recently unveiled plans to build Linux supercomputers that promised to be the most powerful Linux systems yet devised, until Dell's announcement at Linuxworld in San Francisco.
The NCSA will use 1,280 Dell PowerEdge servers, each with two 3.06GHz Xeon DP processors from Intel, in a cluster running Red Hat Linux, Dell said. The cluster will also use 106 PowerEdge servers for I/O services and storage.