IBM will use Neterion's second-generation Xframe II Ethernet adapters in xSeries servers, making IBM the first major vendor to use 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology in its Intel processor-based servers.
Xframe II is meant to provide 10G bps (bits per second) throughput in "intense" computing environments, Neterion said in a statement. Xframe allows plug-and-play installation of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, so that new customers can get their systems up and running quickly.
The adapters support all major operating systems and will be used in IBM's xSeries line, whose 366, 260 and 460 systems all support PCI-X 2.0 with DDR (double-data rate) bus speeds. The xSeries is built on IBM's X3 architecture with the aim of boosting performance of the Intel-based server line.
The California Institute of Technology, which has astronomical, seismological and marine biology facilities, and Arroyo Video Solutions, which provides video on demand, are two customers expected to move to the xSeries with Xframe, Neterion said. Caltech is expected to use the servers to develop grid systems to access, process and analyze petabyte-scale datasets, according to comments attributed in the Neterion statement to Harvey Newman, a physics professor. Such systems could be used at CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva in 2007.
Neterion provides 10 Gigabit Ethernet hardware and software for high-end networking.