IBM customers looking for some extra processing power can now lease supercomputer-sized Linux and Unix clusters over the internet.
The company's "Deep Computing on demand" facility will, initially, house 600 clustered servers: 500 eServer x335 and x345 machines and 100 p655 computers. The building is large enough to house thousands of servers.
Customers with intensive but short-term computing can rent out a large clustered computer rather than build it themselves. IBM is now booking the centre for computing projects lasting between two weeks and three months.
The centre will, initially, serve customers in the petroleum and life sciences industries.
IBM is now internally discussing the possibility of opening other such facilities in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as other locations in North America. The worldwide centres will eventually be "grid enabled" to share compute power.
Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service