WulfKit Enables Scalable Linux Beowulf Systems

August 18, 2000

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San Jose, CA — API (Alpha Processor, Inc.), Dolphin Interconnect Solutions and Scali, SA announced the availability of WulfKit for Linux on Alpha, enabling the creation of extremely powerful and scalable Linux Beowulf systems that yield impressive performance benchmarks and low price/performance ratios.

Jointly developed by Dolphin and Scali and available immediately, WulfKit for Alpha is based on API’s 64-bit platform, its UP2000 Ultimate Performance Series motherboard technology and the Linux open-source operating system. WulfKit for Linux on Alpha is ideal for researchers and developers seeking supercomputing-class processing power, superior scalability and configurability for parallel processing applications.

The first public demonstration of this advanced parallel processing solution for Alpha, located at API’s booth at LinuxWorld this week, highlights the product’s unique combination of Dolphin’s high-speed low latency SCI interconnect technology with Scali’s SCI “tuned” MPI supercomputer middleware while showcasing the industry’s leading I/O and memory bandwidth technology from API.

“Recognizing the need for high memory and bandwidth technology to support scalable clustering applications, Dolphin and Scali have teamed up to port WulfKit to Alpha Linux. The combination will now provide our customers with a truly scalable, stable MPI enabled hardware and software suite for advanced supercomputing research projects at low price points,” said Einar Rustad, vice president of marketing and operations at Scali.

“We can now boast that we offer the industry’s best MPI multiprocessing platform for parallel applications at a bargain price,” said Keith Murphy, sales manager at Dolphin Interconnect. “The sustained floating-point performance available through API’s technology, coupled with the openness of Linux and the collaborative work of Dolphin and Scali will set the performance standard for computing clusters in the scientific and government sectors.”

API’s Ultimate Performance Series motherboards, which include the UP1000 and UP2000, enable system integrators, OEMS, VARs and resellers to capitalize on Alpha’s vastly superior capabilities to build high-performance, scalable systems. Dolphin and Scali utilize this technology to meet customer requests for an Alpha Linux solution.

“Dolphin and Scali recognize the performance power that only Alpha Linux technology from API provides,” said Miles Chesney, vice president of Business Development and Sales at API. “The flexibility and bandwidth offers the ideal platform for those with high performance requirements in the research, government and education markets.”

WulfKit for Linux on Alpha is available immediately from Dolphin North America offering customers complete high performance interconnect solutions up to 500 Gigaflops.

API (Alpha Processor, Inc.) is a leading developer of high-performance solutions for high bandwidth and compute-intensive applications dedicated to the development of Linux solutions for the Internet and High Performance Computing (HPC) markets. For more information on API and its product line, please see the Website at http://www.alpha-processor.com .

Dolphin Interconnect Solutions products and technologies enable customers to build highly scaleable, enterprise-class clustering solutions with standards-based hardware and software. Incorporated in the United States, Dolphin Interconnect Solutions was founded in 1992 in Oslo, Norway. Additional information on Dolphin Interconnect and WulfKit may be found at the company’s web sites at http://www.dolphinics.com/ and http://www.wulfkit.com/ .

Scali AS develops, markets, and supports Scalable Linux Systems systems to both end users and OEMs. Scali’s core technology is a native high performance implementation of the message passing standard MPI and a suite of Internet based system management software and tools for cluster computing called the Scali Universe. “Universe” contains functions like remote power control, console routing, configuration management, fault tolerance, interactive and batch job control, system resource monitoring and parallel command line execution among many others. More information on Scali can be found at http://www.scali.com .

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