IBM has announced new initiatives to make it easier for clients to use “clusters” of servers for high-performance computing tasks.
The company is investing in development, marketing and sales-channel programmes that use IBM’s technology in high-end supercomputing and experience in delivering industry-focused solutions.
“High performance computing (HPC) is rapidly spreading from science and academic research to smaller businesses and departments of larger enterprises that need better ways to process compute-intensive workloads,” said Wendy McGee, program director of IBM Cluster Solutions.
She said, “IBM plans to reduce the risk, time and costs associated with cluster installation and deployment. At the same time, we see new opportunities to leverage IBM’s investments and technology expertise in supercomputing in the middle and lower tiers of the HPC industry.”
As part of the move, Big Blue is to offer pre-architected, “snap-together” solutions for key industries. IBM has initially targeted applications in the life sciences, computer-aided engineering (CAE) and finance domains for solutions built with industry partners and delivered through third parties.
These pre-engineered solutions will be built for Linux and/or Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 operating systems, and will feature networking from leading vendors such as Cisco Systems.
In addition, working with Accelrys, a leading supplier of software and service solutions to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and industrial chemical research organisations, IBM is optimising System x and BladeCenter configurations for Discovery Studio.
Discovery Studio is a suite of modelling and simulation solutions for protein modelling and computational chemistry packaged into a single, easy-to-use offering for Linux- and Windows-based environments.
These are amongst a number of other server cluster initiatives. More information on the effort can be viewed at:
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