IBM's Strategy To Simplify Supercomputing

by CXOtoday Staff    Dec 16, 2005

IBM has announced a new software strategy in supercomputing where Linux Networx is the first hardware vendor to license IBM’s General Parallel File System(GPFS).

This strategy allows customers to leverage leading file system across mixed-vendor systems, thus simplifying the management of vast stores of data created through high performance computing.

Linux Networx will sell, tune and support IBM’s GPFS solution at customer data centers around the world as an integrated element within its LS Series of Linux Supersystems.

GPFS is a file system for high performance computing clusters that provides high-speed file access to applications executing on multiple nodes of Linux or AIX clusters. GPFS’ scalability and performance are designed to help meet the needs of data-intensive applications such as engineering design, digital media, data mining, financial analysis, seismic data processing and scientific research.

David Turek, VP, deep computing, IBM, said, “As the popularity of Linux-based computing clustering grows, so does the need for simplified and highly performing file management software that is able to function across many hardware platforms.”

For supercomputing, GPFS has been used to create a scalable parallel file system that is capable of supporting hundreds of terabytes of storage within a single file system.