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November 16, 2009
QLogic and IBM enable HPC customers to complete complex simulations faster with highest performance QDR adapters in the industry
PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 16 -- SC09 -- Expanding on its successful OEM agreement with IBM for quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand switches, QLogic today announced IBM (NYSE:IBM) has integrated QLogic's performance-leading 7300 Series 40Gb/sec 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. IBM solutions using the Cluster 1350 and the IBM iDataPlex help provide needed business continuity and high availability solutions to facilitate massive supercomputing clusters and grid computing architectures.
"This announcement signifies another important design win for QLogic technology," said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst at ESG. "Earlier this year IBM selected QLogic for high performance converged networking technology for System x and System p; now they have expanded the relationship to include QLogic's 40Gb QDR InfiniBand technology to empower HPC environments on its System x solutions. QLogic has established itself as a formidable competitor in the HPC space and carries a great deal of momentum into 2010."
Based on the QLogic TrueScale ASIC platform for QDR InfiniBand, the QLogic 7300 Series delivers a higher messaging rate and lower scalable latency than any comparative cluster-interconnect available today. Delivering a message rate of up to 30 million messages per second, the QLogic 7300 Series outperforms competitive QDR adapters by a ratio of more than five to one (based on results from the "OSU MPI Multiple Bandwidth / Message Rate Test").
"With today's moves, QLogic is delivering a trifecta of news to the HPC space," said Deni Connor, senior analyst at Storage Strategies Now. "The company is effectively proving that top-quality HPC technology translates into increased business momentum; that OEMs realize the competitive advantages that QLogic enables them to extend to end users in the HPC market, and that other HPC networking vendors just got passed. QLogic has raised the stakes in the HPC connectivity market with its QDR adapters, that are as much as 22 percent faster than competitors and with QDR switches that have over twice the port count, bandwidth and model granularity."
"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 multi-core compute environment," said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager of Network Solutions Group at QLogic. "The addition of 40Gb/sec QDR network connectivity with QLogic's unparalleled 30 million messages-per-second and low scalable latency supports IBM's high performance System x mission of increasing productivity, delivering the highest application performance and completing complex simulations faster than any other solution in the market today."
"IBM continues to push the boundaries of integrated solutions for high performance computing, with technology like the IBM System Cluster 1350 and IBM iDataPlex, that provide customers industry-leading performance and energy efficiency," said Alex Yost, vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "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."
QLogic 7300 Series QDR InfiniBand-to-PCI Express (PCIe) Generation 2 x8 host channel adapters are available in single- and dual-port models. Delivering massive levels of performance, reliability, and scalability, the 7300 Series is the ideal solution for HPC and high-throughput, low-latency enterprise applications. Key 7300 Series advantages include:
Enhanced Reliability & Power Efficiency
InfiniBand Networks powered by QLogic
QLogic offers a comprehensive, end-to-end portfolio of InfiniBand networking products for HPC including QDR host channel adapters, QDR multi-protocol director and edge switches and intuitive tools to install, operate, and maintain high performance fabrics. Delivering the industry's highest message rate, lowest MPI latency and highest effective bandwidth, QLogic InfiniBand adapters enable MPI and TCP applications to scale to thousands of nodes with industry-leading price-performance. As the most comprehensive and flexible HPC cluster interconnect fabric solutions on the market, QLogic QDR InfiniBand switches incorporate the industry's only management tools that enable an administrator to install and boot an InfiniBand fabric in minutes, helping to accommodate the growing demand for high performance computational clusters and grids.
QLogic (NSDQ: QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high performance networking, including adapters, switches and ASICs. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic products for their data, storage and server networking solutions. QLogic is a NASDAQ Global Select company and is included in the S&P 500. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.
Source: QLogic Corp.
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