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Under the terms of the deal, HP will offer Linux NetworX ClusterWorX as a cluster management tool for supercomputers. For its part, Linux NetworX will sell HP's Itanium 2-based servers running Linux.
The systems will target those users who require 64-bit platforms for doing technical computing. The deal does not prohibit Linux NetworX from continuing to sell its existing Linux-based Evolocity series.
Officials from both companies believed the agreement helped their respective company's individual strategies in that it allowed users to mix and match a number of different products.
"Making Linux cluster tools like ClusterWorX more widely available to the HPC community makes it possible to accelerate the adoption of Linux clusters further. You no longer have to be an expert in Linux and clustering to take advantage of the technology," said Linux NetworX president and chief executive officer Stephen Hill.
Each company has built TeraFlop Linux clusters that can carry out more than a trillion calculations a second. Officials from each company said they would now be able to deliver clustered systems that will cost significantly less to run and maintain.
Linux NetworX expected to ship the new servers sometime in early January. They will be based on HP's two-processor rx2600 and its four-processor rx5670.