Quadrics has provided its QsNet network card to research institutions to create massive clusters of servers running the Linux operating system. The QsNet product helps provide a high bandwidth connection between servers, turning them into a large supercomputer. While Quadrics has focused on working with Hewlett-Packard's Alpha processor-based servers, the company is now broadening its support to include servers based on Intel's 64-bit Itanium 2 processor and 32-bit Xeon processor, Quadrics said.
Researchers and companies in the scientific field have been the most aggressive adopters of Intel's Itanium 2 processor, was released earlier this year. The chip has shown strong performance when handling mathematical calculations, a benefit for many scientific applications. The QsNet interconnect provides more than 320Mbytes per second in bandwidth which could boost demand for Itanium-based machines.
Server clusters are often used for large-scale computing projects, as they harness the power of numerous systems. The cluster can typically be managed as if it was one computer.