New eServer xSeries servers and IntelliStation Workstations Form Most Powerful Linux
Supercomputers in Academia
IBM today announced new Intel Itanium-based eServer* and IntelliStation workstations which
will form a new Linux supercluster at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
(NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Capable of 1 trillion calculations
per second, a cluster of 160 new IBM Itanium-based systems will be the most powerful Linux
supercluster in academia. Scientists will use NCSA's IBM eServer clusters to study a wide
range of research problems, from how gas flows over surfaces at supersonic speeds to
simulations of black hole collisions, which demonstrate principles of Einstein's General
Relativity Theory. The new Itanium-based eServer cluster will complement the cluster of 512
eServer x330s installed earlier this year.
"Linux, Itanium and IBM create a very strong combination," said Dan Reed, director of NCSA
and the National Computational Science Alliance. "We have been running Linux on IBM
Itanium-based servers and workstations for quite some time and have seen very good
performance on applications. These new systems will provide great additions to the eServer
x330 based-Linux Supercluster that is already installed."
The new eServer x380 is IBM's first Itanium-based server and was designed as the industry
standard reference platform for IA-64 development efforts. Available with up to four
processors, the x380 delivers increased performance for data intensive applications such as
data mining and data warehousing, online transaction processing and security applications. In
addition, the x380 is available with up to 64GB(1) of memory permitting in-memory processing
of data intensive applications, which helps avoid bottlenecks. System also includes hot swap
and redundant fan and four power supplies, along with hot-swap PCI technology. Pricing will
be available with the systems by end of June.
New IntelliStation Z Pro
The new IntelliStation Z Pro announced today is IBM's first workstation to take advantage of
Itanium, creating new solutions for engineers, media creators and scientists. Working in
collaboration with the University of Minnesota, NCSA scientists using the new IntelliStation
Z Pro to study gas flow dynamics have achieved single-processor performance in excess of 650
megaflops. Engineers can take advantage of floating point performance to run
compute-intensive applications, such as finite analysis, on lower-cost platforms, and media
creators can design more life-like animations while reducing rendering time.
"Few tasks are more complex or demanding of the capabilities of the host platform," says
Chris Ford, senior product manager, Alias Wavefront, a leading software developer of 2D and
3D graphic technology for film and video, interactive media and industrial design. "Maya's
unparalleled capabilities in physical-based simulation utilise the Itanium processors
floating point performance to maximise throughput of the most complex problems imaginable."
The IntelliStation Z Pro is one of the most reliable workstations available, with rigorous
testing in design and manufacturing, a three-year limited warranty, and the opportunity to
communicate directly with the engineering development team through the "Ask Engineering"
program. Systems will be available June 29th, and prices start at 11,380 UK Pounds.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications is the leading-edge site for the National
Computational Science Alliance. NCSA is a leader in the development and deployment of
cutting-edge high-performance computing, networking, and information technologies. The
National Science Foundation, the state of Illinois, the University of Illinois, industrial
partners, and other federal agencies fund NCSA. For more information see
http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu. For more information, visit http://www.ibm.com/eserver or
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A pioneer in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge personal computing solutions since
1981, IBM's Personal Computing Division (PCD) offers a comprehensive family of products for
optimised performance in a networked world. These range from compact Work Pads and award
winning ThinkPad mobiles to powerful IntelliStation workstations, IBM eServer xSeries and the
sleek NetVista line of next generation desktops and thin clients. All incorporate innovative
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* The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the following
descriptive term "server" following it.
(1) Maximum memory may require replacement of standard memory with optional maximum memory
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Business Machines Corporation in the United States and other countries.
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