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QLogic powers HP and IBM high-performance computing

Cliff Saran

Storage area network provider QLogic has introduced a range of quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand products for high-performance computing, supporting up to 40Gb/sec throughput.

QLogic QDR host channel adapters (HCAs), directors and edge switches are being used in the HP Unified Cluster Portfolio, which is designed for HPC applications such as weather modelling, high-energy physics, reservoir simulation, scalable visualisation, computer-aided engineering, impact analysis and computational chemistry.

In addition, QLogic has worked with IBM to use its QDR adapters as part of IBM's latest System Cluster 1350 computer.

Separately, QLogic has introduced what it claims is the first combination 8Gb fibre channel/1Gb Ethernet ExpressModule for Sun Microsystems' Sun Blade 6000 systems. Available from Sun as the Sun StorageTek Dual 8Gb fibre channel dual GbE ExpressModule host bus adapter, the product consolidates Ethernet and fibre channel connectivity onto a single card.

This consolidation increases I/O density, maximises server space and provides customers with greater flexibility, QLogic said.


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