SuSE Linux, SGI announce alliance deal

SuSE Linux AG and Silicon Graphics have partnered to bring together SGI's latest high-performance Altix 3000 servers and SuSE's Enterprise Server 8 Linux operating system.

In an announcement Monday, Nuremberg, Germany-based SuSE and Mountain View, Calif.-based SGI said they will work together on development to scale Linux to 128 processors per node by sometime next year. Introduced last January, the SGI Altix 3000 server family will be available with SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 starting in October.

SGI will provide first- and second-level support, with SuSE offering third-level support.

Uwe Heine, chief alliance officer at SuSE, said the deal allows SuSE to expand its presence in the high-performance computing market. "It gives us a great reach," he said.

The Altix server family uses 64-bit Intel Itanium 2 processors and is available in a wide range of configurations, including supercomputing clusters. Currently, each server can be configured with four to 64 processors per node.

The new partnership will aim its products at business, technical and scientific customers running large-scale databases and enterprise infrastructure software, including bioinformatics and automotive design and production.

"SuSE's support of advanced Linux features, such as scalability, the XFS file system, security and native 64-bit environments provide SGI and SuSE with a wealth of opportunities for collaboration," said Dave Parry, vice president of SGI's server and platform group.

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