SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Linux Networx, The Linux
Supercomputing Company, today announced the availability of storage solutions
optimized for a wide range of supercomputing needs. Integrating the
appropriate storage configuration within a supercomputing system has been
proven to power performance acceleration and utilization increases by a factor
of 20 or more. Linux Networx storage solutions combine best-in-class
hardware, management software and high performance file systems to best meet
the unique requirements of each supercomputing environment. Linux Networx
storage solutions are tightly integrated with the company's LS series of Linux
Supersystems -- a family designed to deliver new levels of Total Application
Drawing upon its extensive experience in Linux Supercomputing and
applications optimization, Linux Networx has defined a range of storage
solutions that deliver best-in-class storage to meet diverse supercomputing
needs -- from sophisticated, extreme performance supercomputing applications
to departmental workhorse production systems. Storage configurations are
validated to deliver the optimum blend of price performance value, reliability
and data availability demanded by each supercomputing class. The appropriate
storage solution is then integrated and specifically tuned as part of a
complete Linux Supersystem delivery. Leveraging Linux Networx GPFS, Linux
Networx supercomputing solutions are easily integrated into existing
performance computing environments.
"Linux Networx is committed to driving new levels of price/performance
value through the delivery of application-optimized supercomputing systems.
Integrated, optimized storage contributes significantly to overall
supercomputing performance and utilization, the building blocks of total
throughput and value," said Robert (Bo) H. Ewald, CEO of Linux Networx.
"We're applying our real-world supercomputing experience to extend our Linux
Supersystems with optimized storage solutions to drive enhanced performance
and throughput, coupled with system-class reliability, ease of integration
into existing environments and total cost of operations."
"A well-tuned I/O and storage subsystem is an essential element in
delivering a high performance computing system," said Gene Poole, technical
fellow, ANSYS. "Poor I/O performance is second only to inadequate main memory
size in limiting many computing systems from delivery true high performance in
our simulation software. A true high performance system must contain the
appropriate, optimized disk capacity and throughput speed to feed today's
Linux Supercomputing high speed processors. Failure to supply adequate memory
or disk performance can increase solution time from 50-100 percent or more.
By tightly integrating storage and compute capabilities, Linux Networx LS
Series is moving to address this prevalent issue in the supercomputing arena."
As part of its commitment to delivering optimized supercomputing
application performance, value and throughput, Linux Networx has tailored its
storage offerings to meet the unique needs of three classes of supercomputing
-- ultimate, premium and value. Ultimate performance environments include
those conducting noise, vibration and harshness analysis in the automotive
industry, managing national laboratory programs, or conducting seismic
processing and structural analysis. For these users, compute intensive
configurations must be complemented by an I/O and storage architecture that
accesses and delivers data at extreme, sustained rates. These environments
run very large, highly scalable single analysis jobs over extended periods of
time. Reliable, timely execution of such critical supercomputing analysis is
critical, demanding the ultimate levels of data availability and data
integrity. For these users Linux Networx Ultimate Performance storage
delivers the highest performance streaming bandwidth storage subsystems with
industry-leading parallel file systems. The combination delivers
best-of-breed performance and throughput coupled with superior on-line
scalability and manageability.
Premium supercomputing environments require storage that can support
multi-application environments with industry-standard software for
applications such as overflow analysis in the aerospace market, computational
fluid dynamics (CFD), process integration and design optimization, and
reservoir simulation. For these users it is essential that the I/O and
storage subsystem be easily configurable and reconfigurable to deliver the
Total Application Throughput demanded by these blended application workloads.
In addition, on-line capacity expansion is critical, as more users access the
supercomputer to execute new applications. To meet these requirements Linux
Networx provides enterprise-class storage management functionality, coupled
with storage subsystems delivering flexible bandwidth and I/O performance
capabilities, tightly integrated with industry leading parallel file systems.
The result is a robust storage solution that delivers premium-class total
throughput coupled with minimal total cost of operations.
Value supercomputing environments demand supercomputing power blended with
simple management and deployment. Linux Networx delivers storage solutions
featuring affordable I/O horsepower and best-in-class performance. NAS
appliances simplify the storage/supersystem configuration and accelerate Time
to Productivity. Typical Value Performance applications include small CFD and
Linux Networx storage solutions are available now as integrated and
optimized subsystems within the company's LS series of Linux Supersystems as
well as its Advanced Technology Clusters. LS series Supersystems blend
application-optimized performance with a standardized systems experience to
deliver ultimate supercomputing value, thereby delivering significantly
reduced total cost of operations (TCO).
About Linux Networx
For over a decade Linux Networx has delivered Linux Supercomputers
specifically designed to drive new levels of Total Application Throughput for
our customers. The company's Linux Supercomputing offerings power unrivaled
value in application-optimized price/performance and utilization, overall
system reliability, uptime and Total Cost of Operations. 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. Our
global customer base represents a "who's who" of supercomputing users ranging
from Boeing in aerospace; BMW, Daimler Chrysler, Audi, Caterpillar and John
Deere in heavy manufacturing; Total, Schlumberger and Shell Oil in the Oil and
Gas industry; and Los Alamos National Laboratories, Sandia National
Laboratories and the Department of Defense in the government arena. In 2005
the company was awarded three HPCWire Editor and Reader's Choice Awards -- for
Most Innovative Technology in two categories and for Best Price/Performance.
For more information about Linux Networx, visit www.linuxnetworx.com.
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