Linux Networx is launching a Linux supercomputer platform for the enterprise market.
It hopes to use open source technology to take the supercomputer outside its traditional sphere of intensive number crunching for pharmaceutical companies, oil exploration organisations and science labs.
Linux Networx makes supercomputers made from clusters of Linux machines, and plans to unveil its new the LS-1 platform at the SC05 supercomputing show in Seattle, Washington, this week.
The company is aiming the LS-1 at potential customers who have never owned a clustered solution before, and have been put off by the belief that such a platform is too complicated to manage.
The LS-1 will initially be offered with AMD’s Opteron processors, but in the first quarter of 2006 users will also be able to specify a machine with Intel Xeon chips.
The LS-1 has a starting price of around £24,000 for a 16-processor machine. A 64-processor platform costs from about £77,000.