Linux Networx Supports Launch of Intel Itanium 2 Processors
Linux Networx announced its support of the new Intel Itanium processors, the Itanium 2 processor at 1.40 GHz with 1.5MB L3 cache and the Low Voltage Intel Itanium 2 processor at 1.0 GHz with 1.5 MB of L3 cache. Linux Networx worked closely with Intel by providing suggested features that would be valuable to the clustering and high performance computing (HPC) market.
The Itanium 2 processor at 1.40 GHz with 1.5MB cache has a significant price/GFLOP advantage over RISC-based systems and provides increased flexibility and efficiencies to IT managers. Intel also announced the Low Voltage Intel Itanium 2 processor, which enables lower power platforms for increased density. The two new processors were developed to expand Itanium architecture’s reach for front-end enterprise and high performance applications.
Linux clustering is a method of linking multiple computers together to form a unified and more powerful system. Linux Networx and Intel have worked together on several large cluster installations, most notably a 2,304 processor cluster based on Intel Xeon processors at 2.4 GHz at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which currently ranks as the third fastest supercomputer in the world (www.top500.org).
“We are pleased Linux Networx could provide important HPC segment insights in helping Intel design a powerful new Intel processor that will benefit our customers in the HPC community,” said Joshua Harr, CTO of Linux Networx. “Linux Networx works closely with our technical partners to provide the best solutions and expertise possible for our customers.”