Quadrics to support Intel server chips

High-speed interconnect technology from Quadrics Supercomputers World Ltd. used to create large server groups will now work with Intel Corp.'s Itanium 2 and Xeon processors, Quadrics announced this week.

Quadrics, based in Bristol, England, has provided its QsNet network card to research institutions to create massive clusters of servers running the Linux operating system. The QsNet product helps provide a high bandwidth connection between servers, turning them into a large supercomputer. While Quadrics has focused on working with Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Alpha processor-based servers, the company is now broadening its support to include servers based on Intel's 64-bit Itanium 2 processor and 32-bit Xeon processor, Quadrics said in a statement.

Researchers and companies in the scientific field have been the most aggressive adopters of Intel's Itanium 2 processor that was released earlier this year. The chip has shown strong performance when handling mathematical calculations, a benefit for many scientific applications. The QsNet interconnect provides more than 320M bytes per second in bandwidth, according to the statement, which could give Itanium another boost.

Server clusters are often used for large-scale computing projects, as they harness the power of numerous systems. The cluster can typically be managed as if it was one computer.

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