Researchers set up 100-node Linux system

SINGAPORE (07/06/2001) - The largest high performance Linux server cluster in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) running IBM Corp. eServer x330 machines will be installed at Singapore's Institute of High Performance Computing and at the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) by the end of the year.

In all, up to 100 server nodes in two clusters will be installed by IBM.

The 30 server nodes from IHPC intends to provide more cost-effective computing solutions to its partners as well as enable a scalable computer architecture for some of IHPC's compute-intensive jobs with its industry partners.

SMA, will be putting its 70-server node cluster to train students under the High Performance Computation for Engineered Systems (HPCES) program which aims to train manpower for research and education.

SMA is a partnership in graduate education between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.

The new Linux server cluster for SMA will also see benefits for its students in terms of having direct access to distributed computers, especially for their masters and doctorate project work.

The final installed Linux server cluster will include 100 units of the slim 1U IBM eServer x330 with Intel Pentium III 933 MHz processors. Running on Red Hat Linux, each node in the cluster has 1G byte of memory and an 18G-byte hard disk.

Said Cheok Beng Teck, director of plans and strategic development, IHPC said: "We see that there is an increasing demand for Intel-based Linux clusters for technical computing in general."

"Part of our collaboration with our technology partner, IBM and e-Linux includes setting up a Linux-based HPC center to help local companies implement Linux-based HPC to upgrade their product design capabilities to improve their global competitiveness," Cheok said.

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