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IBM integrates QLogic's InfiniBand adapters into HPC servers

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Expanding on its OEM agreement with IBM for quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand switches, IBM has integrated QLogic's 7300 Series 40Gb/s QDR InfiniBand host channel adapters into its IBM System x servers for high performance computing (HPC) applications. IBM is the first tier-one OEM to integrate QLogic QDR adapters and will offer them as part of IBM's latest IBM System Cluster 1350.

IBM offers a range of HPC services and products designed to bring more intelligence, automation, integration, and efficiencies to both digital and physical infrastructures. The new QLogic QDR adapters will be offered with QLogic QDR switches as integrated HPC solutions for customers running applications for molecular simulations, computational fluid dynamics, advanced aeronautic design, geospatial imaging and computer-aided engineering.

Based on the QLogic TrueScale ASIC platform for QDR InfiniBand, the QLogic 7300 Series delivers a high messaging rate and low scalable latency. 'HPC customers such as universities, government research labs and manufacturers have a growing demand for a cluster interconnect based upon open standards that scales more efficiently with the number of active cores in today's multicore compute environment,' said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager, Network Solutions Group, QLogic. Alex Yost, vice president, IBM Systems and Technology Group, commented: 'The addition of QLogic 7300 Series QDR adapters will drive new levels of System x-based cluster performance, allowing IBM to deliver pre-tested, easy-to-deploy HPC solutions.'

Elsewhere, SGI will resell QLogic’s entire portfolio of 12000 Series 40Gb/s QDR InfiniBand switches and directors as part of its CloudRack and Rackable HPC servers and clusters, while QLogic's portfolio of end-to-end 40Gb/sec QDR InfiniBand products will be resold by HP as part of the HP Unified Cluster portfolio.