Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC)-Springfield Deploys Ammasso 1100 RDMA Over Ethernet Adapters for Distributed Computing Over Wide Area Network (WAN) Connections

New Product Update from Ammasso Enables Clusters Distributed Over WAN that

Deliver Advantages of Grid Computing

Aug 09, 2005, 01:00 ET from Ammasso, Inc.

    BOSTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Ammasso, Inc. today announced that OSC-
 Springfield has selected the Ammasso 1100 Ethernet Adapter for their newest
 High Performance Computing cluster, which is distributed over multiple sites
 and interconnected via a WAN. Ammasso is the leading provider of RDMA over
 Ethernet networking solutions for server-to-server applications including High
 Performance Technical Computing (HPTC), grid computing, and IP storage.
     OSC-Springfield focuses on data-intensive supercomputing, large-scale data
 mining, regional and global climate modeling, materials science,
 nanotechnology, bioinformatics, and high-energy physics. It is a fully
 scalable center that acts as a resource for Ohio's scientists, engineers, and
 research community. Ohio's Third Frontier Network, a statewide IP-compatible
 optical network, provides the WAN connectivity.
     "We looked at several options for high performance cluster interconnect
 and chose RDMA over Ethernet for its WAN capabilities," said Kevin Wohlever,
 Project Director, OSC-Springfield. "Utilizing the Ammasso 1100 adapter and a
 WAN connection, we can more easily bring distributed clusters to bear on
 complex computational problems, similar to a grid."
     The Ammasso 1100 is the industry's first cluster adapter to implement the
 IETF iWARP protocol suite. iWARP combines the performance acceleration of
 RDMA, with the Internet compatible Ethernet and IP protocols. RDMA streamlines
 application communication between computers over a network. Before iWARP, the
 benefits of RDMA were only available on special-purpose, non-routable networks
 such as Infiniband.
     "OSC-Springfield is a great example of a cluster environment that benefits
 from iWARP's ability to leverage ubiquitous IP infrastructure," said Alan
 Litchfield, CEO of Ammasso. "Efficiently pooling geographically separated
 computing resources has tremendous potential for commercial value, including
 disaster tolerant scale out computing."
     Ammasso also announced the availability of a software update for the
 Ammasso 1100 Ethernet Adapter. With this release, the Ammasso 1100 now
 seamlessly supports routed networks such as WANs. The software only update,
 Version 1.2 Update 1, also added support for the industry standard Direct
 Access Provider Library (DAPL) and expanded the list of tested Linux(R)
 distributions, including the latest offerings from Novell(R) SUSE(R), and Red
 Hat(R) Linux.
     Pricing and Availability
     The Ammasso 1100 version 1.2 adapter is available now at a list price of
 $495. For product and ordering information, go to
 http://www.ammasso.com/contact/howtobuy.html or email sales@ammasso.com.
     About Ammasso
     Ammasso provides industry-leading IT professionals with advanced network
 protocol acceleration to ensure unparalleled price-performance, availability
 and manageability of their next-generation computing and storage
 architectures. Ammasso's patent-pending technology powers the industry's first
 RDMA-enabled Ethernet adapter, enabling highly scalable cluster applications.
 Current applications include high performance technical computing, grid
 computing and IP storage. Founded in 2002, Ammasso is privately held and based
 in Boston, MA. Investors include Prism Venture Partners, Inflection Point
 Ventures and Velocity Equity Partners.
     Ammasso is a trademark of Ammasso, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of
 Linus Torvalds. Novell is a registered trademark in the United States and
 other countries. SUSE is a registered trademark of SUSE LINUX AG. Red Hat is a
 trademark or registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective

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