Winners of Excellence in Cluster Technology Awards Announced at ClusterWorld Conference & Expo 2004

Voltaire Grabs Best of Show, Other Winners Include Appro International,

Quadrics, Panasas, Linux Networks, Platform Computing, Engineered

Intelligence, Scyld Computing, RLX Technologies and Los Alamos National Labs

Apr 08, 2004, 01:00 ET from ClusterWorld Conference & Expo

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- ClusterWorld Conference & Expo,
 a premier event on clustered solutions in commercial, research and academic
 computing, announced last night the winners of the 2nd Annual Excellence in
 Cluster Technology Awards at their event, held this week at the San Jose
 Convention Center.
     Voltaire's Best of Show award recognizes their InfiniBand Solutions for
 Clusters, originally submitted for the Interconnect's category. Judge Dr. Jeff
 Layton, columnist for ClusterWorld Magazine, said the judges were impressed
 with their approach to large scale InfiniBand interconnects for clusters
 including their InfiniBand Switch Routers, InfiniBand-to-IP, and fabric
 management software.
     Appro's recently released HyperBlade Full-Cluster also won accolades from
 judges in the 64-Bit Turnkey Systems category. It's use of AMD Opteron's
 processor also allows 32-Bit applications to run simultaneously.
     "Appro is extremely pleased to receive the ClusterWorld Excellence Award
 for the best 64-Bit Turnkey Cluster Solution," said Daniel Kim, president and
 chief executive officer for Appro. "Having Appro HyperBlade AMD Opteron based
 Cluster solution recognized by such an influential conference and outstanding
 publication such as ClusterWorld Magazine validates our market leadership and
 reflects our commitment to delivering best-in-class solutions for our
     The awards recognize the many breakthroughs in clustering technologies
 presented by ClusterWorld Conference & Expo exhibitors. A number of the award
 winners and nominees have developed technology that has reshaped the IT
 landscape and brought supercomputing power to new markets.
     "The awards are given to recognize companies and products that are
 extending the reach, viability, and adoption of clustered systems," said
 Dr. Douglas Eadline, lead judge and Editor-in-Chief of ClusterWorld Magazine
 ( "We had several categories with such great products
 that selecting a winner was incredibly difficult."
     Thirty-one products from over 20 of the cluster industry's leading
 companies are competing for the coveted Best of Show Award as well as the top
 spot on one of eight (8) product categories: Cluster Management/Monitoring
 Systems, Interconnects, Grid Solutions, Storage Solutions, Developer Tools,
 Software Stack/Linux Distribution, 32-Bit Turnkey Systems, 64-Bit Turnkey
 Systems, Open Source Cluster Solutions, and the coveted Best of Show.
     Many of the category awards recognized emerging companies such as Panasas
 that are producing innovative solutions such as their ActiveScale Storage
 Cluster and UK -based Quadrics Limited with their Interconnects category
 winner, QsNet II.
     "We are honored to accept this highly-coveted award," said Garth Gibson,
 CTO and co-founder of Panasas, of their product's win in the Storage Solutions
 category. "This acknowledges the Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster's ability
 to uniquely solve the storage management and performance problems
 traditionally associated with Linux cluster."
     "The QsNet family of switches and the Quadrics software environment has
 proven its merit at being able to support production level supercomputing via
 the medium of large scale Linux clusters," said John Taylor of Quadrics
 Limited. "This award is not only an accolade to all at Quadrics Ltd involved
 in the delivery to market of Quadrics products but also to those customers who
 have been instrumental in the successful deployment within their stringent
 operational environments. We thank the organizers and judges at ClusterWorld
 for this prestigious award and the opportunity to demonstrate how the new
 QsNetII version of QsNet is being made more accessible to the wider Linux
 cluster community as well as driving scalability towards the hundred of Tflops
     The awards were given at a ceremony last night in the San Jose Convention
 Center ballroom. Award judges included Dr. Doug Eadline, Editor of
 ClusterWorld Magazine, Author and Physicist Dr. Robert Brown, NSF GRIDS Center
 Co-Director Tom Garritano, Lockheed-Martin Senior Engineer Dr. Jeff Layton,
 NSF Science and Technology Fellow Dr. Dan Stanzione, Indiana University
 Research Associate Jeff Squyres, and Moscow Joint Supercomputing Center
 Department Head Dr. Pavel Telegin.
     All winning products, companies and nominees will be featured on
 ClusterWorld Magazine's print and web editions. The web article will be found
     Best of Show
      WINNER: Voltaire, InfiniBand Solutions
      FINALIST: IBRIX, IBRIX Fusion 1.2
     Cluster Management/ Monitoring Solutions
      WINNER: Linux Networx, ClusterWorx 3.0
      FINALIST: Appro International, Appro Cluster Management Solution
     Grid Solutions
      WINNER: Platform Computing Inc., Platform Symphony (TM)
      FINALIST: United Devices, Grid MP Cluster v4.1
     Developer Tools
      WINNER: Engineered Intelligence, CxC Parallel Application Development
      FINALIST: Intel (R), Intel (R) Trace Analyzer/ Intel (R)Trace Collector
      WINNER: Quadrics Ltd., OSNet II
      FINALIST: Voltaire, InfiniBand Solutions
     Storage Solutions
      WINNER: Panasas, ActiveScale Storage Cluster
      FINALIST: PolyServe Inc., NAS Cluster Solution
     Software Stack/Distribution
      WINNER: Scyld Computing/Penguin Computing, Scyld Beowulf Cluster
              Operating System
     32 Bit Turn-Key Solution
      WINNER: RLX Technologies, High Performance Turnkey Cluster Solutions
      FINALIST: Linux Networx, Evolocity (R) II (E2)
     64 Bit Turn-Key Solution
      WINNER: Appro International, Appro HyperBlade Full-Cluster
      FINALIST: Rackable Systems/AMD, Rackable Systems C1000-17HE with AMD
                Opteron processor HE
     Open Source Cluster Solution
      WINNER: Los Alamos National Lab, Clustermatic 4
      FINALIST: Linux Networx, Evolocity (R) II with LinuxBIOS
     About ClusterWorld Conference & Expo
     ClusterWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event on clustered systems
 for customers in commercial, research, and academic computing. It will be held
 from April 5 to 8, 2004 at the San Jose Convention Center in California. For
 more information about how to attend, exhibit, or become a sponsor, please
 visit us on the Web at . ClusterWorld
 Conference & Expo is produced by QuarterPower Media, located at 330 Townsend
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