Linux Networx Announces Largest Supercomputing Order in the Company's History

DoD Procurement Includes Two Linux Supercomputing Systems Expected to Be Among

the Top Twenty Most Powerful Supercomputers in the World

Feb 13, 2006, 00:00 ET from Linux Networx

    SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Linux Networx, the Linux
 Supercomputing Company, announced today that the Department of Defense (DoD)
 High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), has placed the
 largest single order for Linux Supercomputers in the company's history.  The
 DoD purchased five supercomputers from Linux Networx including three Advanced
 Technology Clusters (ATC's) and one LS-1 for the Army Research Laboratory
 (ARL) Major Shared Resource Center (MSRC), and an additional LS-1 for Dugway
 Proving Ground.   The procurement increases ARL MSRC's computing capability to
 over 80 trillion floating-point operations (TFLOPS), making it one of the
 largest computing centers in the DoD.  In addition, the procurement enhances
 ARL MSRC's visualization capabilities.  Linux Networx was selected due to its
 recognized expertise in designing, building and delivering next generation
 Linux supercomputers that leverage the price/performance value of open
 software and hardware platforms.
     The Linux Supercomputers are part of the Technology Insertion 2006 (TI-06)
 program, an initiative to modernize the Department of Defense high performance
 computing (HPC) capabilities.  The HPCMP provides the supercomputer services,
 high-speed network communications, and computational science expertise that
 enable the U.S. Defense laboratories, such as ARL, to conduct a wide range of
 focused research, development, and test activities.  Linux Networx is a key
 partner in the drive to put advanced technology in the hands of U.S. armed
 forces more quickly, less expensively, and with greater certainty of success.
     "We are honored to partner with the DoD on this key technology project,"
 said Robert (Bo) H. Ewald, CEO of Linux Networx.  "This procurement features
 our Linux Supercomputers powering a broad set of applications to solve a
 number of complex challenges -- leveraging a variety of visualization
 capabilities within the DoD and within the defense community special programs.
 This wide ranging application of Linux Networx supercomputing technology
 confirms our position as the leading Linux supercomputing company in the
 market today."
     "We've observed tremendous scalability for some of our applications on our
 current commodity clusters," said Charles J. Nietubicz, director of the ARL
 MSRC and director of the High Performance Computing Division in the
 Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD).  "The TI-06
 increase in computing capability will give DoD scientists and engineers the
 additional ability to solve more complex, three-dimensional, time-dependent,
 physics-based problems in a timeframe that can provide the data necessary to
 assist with weapon development and procurement decisions."
     ATC Supercomputers
     ATCs are especially well suited for organizations that wish to pioneer new
 technologies, new programming models or new levels of supercomputing scale.
 Linux Networx works with customers and technology partners to identify and
 integrate emerging and proven technologies into a production-ready system.
     The three Linux Networx ATC's will be installed at the ARL MSRC this
 summer.  The most powerful of the new systems is expected to be ranked in the
 top twenty of the world's most powerful computer systems.  It is a
 1122-compute node supercomputer with 4488 mid-voltage 3.2 GHz Intel Dempsey
 cores for computation.  This system will increase the ARL MSRC's computational
 capability by more than 28.7 TFLOPs.  The system will also have 112 3.46 GHz
 cores (28 nodes) for login, storage, and administration with 9.4 TB of memory
 and 260 TB (raw) of disk.  All nodes will communicate via a 4X DDR (20 Gbps)
 Infiniband network with 10 GigE uplink capability.  The 3.2 GHz mid voltage
 chips were selected for the compute nodes due to their thermal efficiency.
     A second system is also expected to be ranked in the top twenty of world's
 most powerful computer systems.  An 842-compute node Advanced Technology
 Cluster, it will be comprised of 3368 mid voltage 3.2 GHz Intel Dempsey cores
 for computation.  The system will increase the ARL MSRC's computational
 capability by more than 21.5 TFLOPS.  The system will also have 96 3.46 GHz
 cores (24 nodes) for login, storage, and administration and will have 7.1 TB
 of memory and 196 TB (raw) of disk.  All nodes will communicate via a 4X DDR
 Infiniband network with 10 GigE uplink capability.
     Tom Kendall, Chief Engineer of the ARL MSRC, said:  "The combination of
 dual core processors with dual memory busses, DDR 4X Infiniband and fully
 buffered memory into a power optimized system will provide DoD researchers
 with an unprecedented level of high performance computing capability and
     The third system is a 68 core test and development system with 7 TB of
 disks to be delivered in advance of the other two systems.  The Linux Networx
 and ARL MSRC teams will work closely utilizing this machine to integrate the
 DoD software environment.
     "Interconnects and file systems are critical to what we do, the
 availability of a smaller advanced development system will ensure our users a
 positive first experience when they get onto the larger production machines,"
 said Tom Kendall.
     LS-1 Supersystems
     LS-1 Supersystems blend application-optimized performance with a
 standardized systems experience to deliver ultimate supercomputing value,
 thereby delivering significantly reduced total cost of operations (TCO).  LS-1
 Supersystems arrive ready for production-at-power-up, pre-tuned and optimized
 to match the specific needs of the customer application environment --
 dramatically reducing initial operations cost while accelerating time to
 productivity.  As a result, customers can immediately focus on delivering
 computational solutions to their computational research and design challenges
 -- not on supercomputing cluster setup and operations.
     The first LS-1 system will also be deployed at the ARL MSRC this summer.
 A 64 node scientific visualization supercomputing cluster, the LS features
 dual Nvidia Quadro FX 4500 cards per node and an Infiniband network.  This
 will be the first scientific visualization supercomputer in the HPCMP.
     The visualization supercomputing cluster will allow for interactive
 visualization of enormous datasets.  By performing both the visualization
 algorithms and rendering in parallel, a scalable solution for analyzing
 calculations consisting of billions of computational cells will be achieved.
     "The complexity and fidelity of current production DoD calculations
 consume terabytes of memory and tens of CPU years for a single simulation,"
 said Jerry Clarke, Scientific Visualization Team Leader.  "When you're dealing
 with that much data, every aspect of visualization must be parallel.  This
 system will allow for the interactive analysis of important calculations
 currently impossible on available resources."
     Details of the LS-1 system for the Dugway Proving Ground will be released
 later this year.
     About Linux Networx
     Linux Networx, The Linux Supercomputing Company, delivers Linux
 Supersystems that combine the price/performance advantage of Linux clusters
 with real-world supercomputing expertise and technology innovation.  The
 company has delivered over 450 supercomputing clusters to more than
 165 supercomputing customers around the world.  In 2005 the company achieved
 record orders, finishing the year with three consecutive quarters of record
 growth.  The company's customer list represents a "who's who" of
 supercomputing users, including Los Alamos National Laboratories, Sandia
 National Laboratories, Boeing, BMW, Daimler Chrysler, Audi, Caterpillar, John
 Deere, Total, Schlumberger and Shell Oil in the Oil and Gas industry.  For
 more information about Linux Networx, visit
     About the Army Research Laboratory Major Shared Resource Center (ARL
     The ARL MSRC is one of four DoD Major Shared Source Centers serving the
 Defense community.  Created in 1996 under the High Performance Computing
 Modernization Program, the ARL MSRC is one of the world's most powerful
 computing sites.  The ARL MSRC delivers the latest in computational tools and
 innovative technologies.  The Center's full spectrum of computational
 capabilities help DoD scientists and engineers develop, test, and field weapon
 systems faster and more efficiently -- shortening the entire acquisition
 process from research to production.  For more information about the ARL MSRC,

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