San Jose--Nov. 18, 1997--Digital Equipment Corp. opened SuperComputing'97 by announcing a strategicagreement with Quadrics Supercomputing World Ltd (QSW), a Europe-based leaderin supercomputing solutions. Based on QSW's high-performance computerinterconnect technology and parallel operating environment, Digital will implement massively parallel processing (MPP) on its 64-bitAlphaServer Unix system platform. By harnessing the full performancescalability of the Alpha platform, this major advancement will enable Digitalcustomers to deploy cost-effective, supercomputer-class applications in fieldssuch as energy, defense, science, and manufacturing.
In addition, Digital and many other key partners announced importantdevelopments that enhance the value of Digital solutions to customers. Thesepartners include Dolphin Interconnect, EMASS, Gaussian, KRI, Kuck &Associates, NAG, Pallas, Platform Computing, Scientific Computing Associates,and VNI.
QSW's interconnect technology provides, for the first time, the processingperformance and scalability of up to 256 AlphaServer systems configured inmulti-teraFLOP MPP clusters.
Digital also announced its support for the emerging high-performance 6400Mbps interconnect standard known as GIGAbyte System Network(GSN). GSN is a full duplex, switched networking technology boasting hightransfer rates and very low latency. It is being developed under the auspicesof the U.S. Department of Energy and in cooperation with Digital and othermajor systems vendors. Digital expects to ship its first GSN host adapters inyear 2000.
The new networking standard complements Digital's arsenal of high-performance interconnect solutions, such as UltraSCSI, HIPPI-800, MEMORYCHANNEL, and FibreChannel. Digital's joint efforts with other developers ofthe GSN standard will result in a family of full speed host adapters that canbe used by any of the partners in this development. In addition, Digital willmake this technology available to other system vendors and integrators who arenot members of the group.
At the same time, Digital announced it has applied to join the High-performance Networking Forum (HNF). The Forum is an industry association ofsome 25-member companies dedicated to promoting high-performance networkingtechnologies.
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