Darkstrand, which is looking to create a high-speed network that will link major corporations to HPC institutions around the country, has signed up the National Center for Supercomputing Applications to its growing list of partners. The move means that Fortune 500 corporations with projects that need HPC resources can access the center's clusters, which include technologies from Dell, IBM, SGI and Intel.
Darkstrand, which is building out a high-speed network aimed at linking
businesses to high-performance computing resources at institutions around the
country, is signing up another partner.
Darkstrand Aug. 6 announced a partnership with NCSA (National
Center for Supercomputing
Applications) at the University of Illinois
The center deploys HPC resources and
develops technologies, and partners with major corporations through its Private
Sector Program. Participating in the program are such businesses as Boeing,
John Deere, Dell, IBM, Microsoft and Proctor
NCSA has been around for more than 20 years working with businesses in such
areas as data management, cyber-security, advanced IT and visualization.
It also is working with IBM, the Great
Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computing and the National Science Foundation in
building Blue Waters, which-when it goes online in 2011-will be the most powerful
supercomputer in the world, offering sustained petaflop (1,000 trillion
floating point operations per second) capabilities.
is to offer a high-speed network that removes the issue of
bandwidth from the process of developing new products and gives Fortune
500-size businesses access to HPC resources
that help speed the time to market. Through the new partnership with NCSA,
corporations can get faster access to the center's HPC
resources, according to Darkstrand CEO
"Darkstrand is in the business of enabling companies to accomplish things
they would have been unable to do before," Stein said in a statement.
In May 2008, Darkstrand, a 3-year-old company, won the right to
commercialize a large part of the NLR (National LambdaRail), a federally funded
high-speed, 15,000-mile optical network that connects universities and research
facilities in 30 cities throughout the United
States. The network-connecting a consortium
universities, scientific institutions and regional networks, and built with
technology from Cisco Systems-was created in the 1990s for research purposes in
such areas as science, engineering and medicine.
Darkstrand officials have said the Internet, as it's currently built, can't
handle the workloads some of these corporate HPC
projects bring. The NLR can support the demand.
Darkstrand has a host of other partners on its network, including the
California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology-or
Calit2-at the University of California,
San Diego; the New
Mexico Computing Applications
Center; and the Ohio
In May, the company announced a partnership with the Pittsburgh
NCSA is the latest addition. The center offers two Intel-based clusters from
Dell, an IBM Linux cluster also based on
Intel technology, and an Altix system from SGI.
The center also offers users a permanent archival storage system and high-speed
parallel file systems on each HPC platform,
and third-party applications and performance tools are available in such areas
as chemistry, computational biology and computational fluid dynamics.