Dell Touts Blades in Clusters
At the LinuxWorld show here, Dell introduced its HPCC (high performance computing clusters) network of partners that include such companies as Linux vendor Red Hat Inc., supercomputer maker Cray Inc. and interconnect company Myricom Inc., as well as others, including Cornell Theory Center. The network is designed to offer customers what they need when building these clusters, said Reza Rooholomini, director of engineering for clustering and operating systems for Dell.
For example, MPI Software Technology Inc. can offer message passing interface technology, which is important for keeping the multiple servers communicating with each other, Rooholomini said.
The company, which already has been offering clustering technology for its standard servers, also is highlighting the advantages of clustering using its 1655MC blade server, which was released in November. Users can get configurations of six to 132 server nodes running Red Hat Linux, with pricing starting at $42,000 for a six-node configuration.
Blade servers offer the same density advantages in a cluster environment that they do in a data center, Rooholomini said. Users can put up to 84 1655MC servers in a standard rack.
Rooholomini said that the combination of the blade clustering offering and the partner network give users a lot to choose from. Dell can offer various bundles of hardware, software, interconnects and professional services to build a cluster, he said.