IBM Announces System Cluster 1350
Anh Tuan Huynh
November 7, 2006 1:35 AM
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New supercomputer platform
IBM today announced its new System Cluster 1350. The new System Cluster 1350 is fully scalable up to 1,024 nodes. IBM is marketing the System Cluster 1350 as the ideal choice for building a supercomputer. Target markets of the System Cluster 1350 include financial services, industrial, petroleum, life sciences and research.
IBM touts the System Cluster 1350 as: “The IBM System Cluster 1350 provides clients with an arsenal of technologies to tackle the challenges of high performance computing environments, while reducing the complexity and risk of configuring, deploying and managing Linux clusters,” said Wendy McGee, director, IBM Cluster Solutions. “We’ve collaborated with leading-edge processor, accelerator and networking companies to provide clients unprecedented levels of speed, choice and flexibility with this offering.”
As the System Cluster 1350 includes clustering technologies, it’s fully compatible with various IBM products. On the server side of things, IBM multi-core rack mount server’s model x3550, x3650, x3455, x3655, x3755 Intel and AMD based servers.
Power 5 servers
models p5-505/505Q, p5-510/510Q, p5-550/550Q are compatible too. In addition to traditional rack mount servers the System Cluster 1350 supports IBM Blade Servers models HS21, JS21, LS21, LS41 and QS20 as well.
Since clusters require a high-speed interconnect the IBM System Cluster 1350 supports the latest networking technologies including 10 Gigabit, Gigabit and 10/100 Ethernet protocols. Infiniband 1x and 4x protocols are also supported for up to 10-20 Gigabit data transfer rates. Myrinet is also supported with the System Cluster 1350.
Additionally the System Cluster 1350 is also the first cluster to support QLogic’s HTx adapter powered by
PathScale’s InfiniPath HyperMessaging architecture
for greater performance improvements.
ClearSpeed Advance PCI-X based accelerators
are also available in System Cluster 1350 compatible servers. Multiple ClearSpeed Advance PCI-X cards can be installed for linear performance improvements.
IBM’s first customer for its System Cluster 1350 is the Indiana University. Once home to the world’s 23rd fastest supercomputer named
, the Indiana University has replaced
with a System Cluster 1350 cluster. Computing power of the new System Cluster 1350 based cluster is 20.4 trillion numerical operations a second—up from
The IBM System Cluster 1350 is available immediately. Pricing highly varies depending on the configuration.
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11/7/2006 6:44:09 AM
Look, I'm not gonna pretend I understand what this thing is, but since I can't sleep I'd like to comment about a few things: that perhaps there's a great deal more we can get out of our processors beyond the "increase frequency tack." Since all the subsystems of clustering improve, and clustering itself is advancing, sure, it's gonna provide faster, cheaper predictions/solutions and I like the sound of that... assuming technology can help solve our problems.
This link and reference to Cell technology fascinates me; how Sony can blaze a trail with a hi-tech toy that will bear fruit in cluster technology. As Carson would say, "Wild crazy stuff."
11/7/2006 8:34:03 PM
Cell is one possible development. Although PS3 is near launch, you can buy a dual cell blade for use in IBM bladeserver chassis now for only around $20K+
Clearly you would obtain more cell processors just by buying 3 PS3 consoles and networking them over gigabit ether running linux.
So a DIY cell cluster is likely possible and more cost efficient at the moment (except for $2000 ps3 prices on ebay LOL).
The idea of blade servers is a way to get a lot of processors in a small space with reduced cooling overhead and improved serviceability and manageability. Likely these cluster systems have similar features.
You can mix and match cell, x86 and ppc architectures by putting different blades into your blade chassis.
If you just want lots of mini-processors, Clearspeeds CSX600 has 96 of their cores in it.
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