SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Linux Networx announced today that
the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization
Program (HPCMP), has purchased a 2,132-processor Evolocity II(R) (E2) cluster
from Linux Networx for the Army Research Laboratory Major Shared Resource
Center (MSRC). When the system is fully deployed in mid-2004, it will be the
HPCMP's largest deployment of an Intel(R) processor-based Linux cluster, and
the solution will adopt Intel 64-bit extension technology.
The Linux Networx cluster is procured as part of the Technology Insertion
2004 (TI-04) program, an initiative to modernize the Department of Defense
high performance computing (HPC) capabilities. The HPCMP provides the
supercomputer services, high-speed network communications, and computational
science expertise that enables the U.S. Defense laboratories, such as ARL, to
conduct a wide range of focused research, development, and test activities.
The Linux Networx cluster is a part of this partnership to put advanced
technology in the hands of U.S. armed forces more quickly, less expensively,
and with greater certainty of success. As part of the TI-04 program, Linux
Networx will deliver five other cluster systems to other DoD HPCMP Centers.
Details about the five other DoD HPCMP cluster systems will be released later
this year. Specific financial details about the Linux Networx systems were
To prove Linux cluster technology was capable of providing the reliability
and power necessary for the HPCMP, Linux Networx spent one year running
rigorous benchmarks and tests at the Solutions Center, a state-of-the art
testing and evaluation facility located at the Linux Networx headquarters in
Salt Lake City.
The Linux Networx cluster will include 1,066 nodes with dual Intel(R)
Xeon(TM) 3.6 GHz processors and Intel 64-bit extension technology.
Clusterworx(R) 3.0 and ICE Box(TM), management tools from Linux Networx will
be deployed on the cluster to provide total cluster management from one
interface. The cluster will also use the Myrinet(TM) high-speed interconnect
from Myricom(R) and Gigabit Ethernet technology from Foundry Networks(R), Inc.
"By achieving a contract award through TI-04, Linux Networx has proven
cluster technology is reliable, robust and mature enough to be selected in
even in the most demanding environment," said Thomas Kendall, lead systems
engineer at the ARL MSRC. "This system will be a key component of the ARL
MSRC and the entire DoD Modernization Program."
Last year, Linux Networx delivered a 256-processor cluster, named Powell,
to ARL as part of the Technology Insertion 2003 program. The success of the
Powell cluster helped secure the TI-04 procurement for Linux Networx. Linux
Networx and Intel are working closely with ARL cluster system users to port
and tune ARL applications code to run on the new system.
"The DoD's adoption of cluster technology for the Technology Insertion
program continues to validate our technology's reliability and high
performance computing capabilities," said Dean Hutchings, COO of Linux
Networx. "The stringent requirements Linux Networx was able to meet for this
procurement lend another proof point to our leadership position in the Linux
"Intel Xeon processors and Linux Networx technology provide a flexible
solution to the DoD," said Richard Dracott, general manager, Enterprise
Marketing & Planning, Intel Corporation. "Intel Xeon and Intel(R) Itanium(R)
2-based server platforms deliver the performance, reliability and scalability
necessary for the most demanding high performance computing solutions."