Platform Computing Launches Platform Rocks for Linux Cluster Market

Platform Delivers Free Cluster Management Solution

Optimized for Dell Linux Clusters

Nov 08, 2004, 00:00 ET from Platform Computing Inc.

    PITTSBURGH, Nov. 8 -- SUPERCOMPUTING 2004 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Platform
 Computing Inc. today announced a powerful new software solution called
 Platform Rocks, a comprehensive cluster management toolkit that simplifies and
 speeds the deployment and management of small to large scale Linux clusters.
 Ultimately, better Linux cluster management results in lower total cost of
 ownership, faster scale-out to large clusters, and reduced business risk.
     Platform is working with the Dell High Performance Computing Cluster
 (HPCC) program to offer Platform Rocks first to Dell customers on Red Hat
 Enterprise Linux. Platform Rocks is available free of charge. Customers have
 the option to purchase Annual Cluster Care, a package of value added services
 that includes 24/7 commercial support and upgrades.
     Based on NPACI (National Partnership for Advanced Computational
 Infrastructure) Rocks developed by the San Diego Supercomputing Center,
 Platform Rocks is a hybrid software stack featuring a blend of market-leading
 open source software technologies and proprietary products. Platform Rocks
 meets the needs of a rapidly growing category of Linux users who previously
 cobbled together their own Linux cluster management solutions. Linux and the
 open source software movement have accelerated the decoupling of various
 cluster components through the flexibility of an open software solution stack.
 However, increased choice and flexibility can be expensive and risky for users
 who need to deploy and manage components. Platform Rocks addresses this issue
 by providing a pre-engineered, tested standard framework and set of tools, in
 addition to integrating industry-leading technologies from companies like Red
 Hat, Topspin Communications and Intel.
     "As our customers in various verticals such as government and financial
 services continue to move to Linux-based computing infrastructures, they
 require a cost-effective Linux cluster management solution," said Songnian
 Zhou, CEO, Platform Computing.  "Platform Rocks reduces the complexity of
 managing Linux clusters and therefore reduces total cost of ownership and
 business risk."
     "Platform Rocks will be an important offering within our HPCC
 configurations," said Reza Rooholamini, director of high-performance cluster
 computing and enterprise solutions engineering in Dell's Product Group. "As
 Linux clusters grow in size and scale, management is mission-critical.
 Platform Rocks promises to help customers more effectively manage high
 performance computing clusters to deliver improved computing performance and
     Broad Industry Support for Platform Rocks
     "As Linux becomes the dominant operating system in the cluster
 environment, and as companies move from clusters to full scale grids, it is
 imperative that organizations look to Linux cluster management solutions to
 help manage commodity Linux clusters," said Nick Gall, Principal Analyst, META
     "Red Hat Enterprise Linux powers some of the world's most compute-
 intensive High Performance Computing Clusters," said Joanne Rohde, Executive
 Vice President of Worldwide Operations, Red Hat. "Through Dell's HPCC program,
 customers who need cluster-specific management capabilities now have an
 innovative solution with Platform Rocks that can be used with Red Hat
 Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Network. This is a great example of how market
 leaders like Platform are using open source innovation to drive standards and
 serve the expanding scale-out market."
     "Platform ROCKS is fully supported by Intel(R) Software Development Tools,
 including the recently announced Intel MPI Library v1.0 for Linux.  This
 integrated support will allow application developers to easily deploy
 applications across an enterprise cluster, while providing seamless adoption
 of Intel MPI 1.0.  This is a great leap forward in decreasing the TCO
 associated with deployments of clusters," said Richard Wirt, General Manager,
 Intel Senior Fellow, Software Solutions Group.
     "We look forward to the contributions that Platform and their partners
 will make to the open source community at large and especially to the
 education market. This adds value to the National Science Foundation's funding
 investment in the Rocks core development at UCSD and should positively impact
 the science and engineering research community," said Philip Papadopoulos,
 Ph.D., Program Director, Grid and Cluster Computing, San Diego Supercomputer
 Center, UCSD.
     Pricing and Availability
     Platform Rocks is available free of charge at
 Customers must register at to receive documentation and
 product details. Customers have the option to purchase Annual Cluster Care, a
 package of value added services including expert 24/7 support, periodic
 upgrades and patches. Annual Cluster Care is priced on a per node basis.
     For more information on Platform Rocks, please visit Platform's SC2004
 online media kit at
     About Platform Computing
     Platform Computing provides distributed and grid computing solutions that
 help enterprises accelerate key business applications, reduce operational and
 capital costs, guarantee service levels and optimize their IT resources.
 Platform's integrated desktop to enterprise grid software solutions are used
 by over 1,600 customers worldwide in the financial services, government,
 industrial manufacturing, electronics and life science industries to deliver
 higher quality products and services, improve business performance and
 maximize the return on it investments. Founded in 1992, platform has strategic
 relationships with Dell, HP, IBM, Apple, SAS and SGI, and the Industry's
 broadest application integration support. For more information visit

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