SuSE Linux ships first server product for Intel Itanium 2 processors

By   |  March 26, 2003

SuSE Linux this week released its Enterprise Server 8 for the Intel Itanium processor family and has already been chosen to drive parts of the \”TeraGrid\”, a scientific computing system accessible to researchers across the United States.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Distributed Terascale Facility (DTF) is a joint undertaking of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the San Diego Supercomputing Center, Argonne National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. The TeraGrid, an interconnected series of clusters, allows thousands of scientists around the country to share computing resources over the world\’s fastest research network.

SuSE concluded the deal together with IBM Global Services and is deploying clusters of SuSE Linux systems at the four DTF sites. The servers will be based on current and future Intel Itanium 2 processors. IBM supercomputing software – CSM and GPFS – will handle cluster and file management tasks.

The system will have a storage capacity of more than 600 terabytes of data, or the equivalent of 146 million full-length novels. A substantial portion of the grid\’s storage infrastructure will be enabled by IBM TotalStorage products and technologies.

\”The availability of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for Itanium 2-based systems broadens the scope of Linux offerings on the Itanium processor family, providing customers with an even greater opportunity to develop and deploy high-end 64-bit Linux solutions,\” says Lisa Graff, director of Enterprise Processor Marketing, Intel Enterprise Platform Group.

\”The selection of SuSE for the massive TeraGrid system demonstrates the stability, scalability and performance of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and Itanium 2-based systems for complex implementations.\”

\”SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for Intel Itanium Processor Family has been developed in close collaboration with Intel, and designed to meet the highest requirements in terms of availability, stability, scalability and performance,\” said Holger Dyroff, General Manager Americas, SuSE Linux.\”SuSE Linux Enterprise Server is the clear choice for all high performance cluster efforts\”

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