SUSE Linux Ships its First Server Product for Intel® Itanium® 2 Processors

March 26, 2003

First Major Installation Will Be National Science Foundation (NSF) Distributed Terascale Facility, "TeraGrid"

Nuremberg, Germany

SUSE Linux today announced the general availability of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for the Intel® Itanium® Processor Family, and that it has been chosen to drive parts of the "TeraGrid," a scientific computing system accessible to researchers across the United States.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Distributed Terascale Facility (DTF) is a joint undertaking of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the San Diego Supercomputing Center, Argonne National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. The "TeraGrid" -- an interconnected series of clusters -- enables thousands of scientists around the country to share computing resources over the world's fastest research network in search of breakthroughs in life sciences, climate modeling and other critical disciplines.

The deal for SUSE estimated several hundred thousand USD, comes in partnership with IBM Global Services - who is deploying clusters of SuSE Linux systems at the four DTF sites. The servers will be based on current and future Intel Itanium 2 processors. IBM supercomputing software -- CSM and GPFS -- will handle cluster and file management tasks. Myricom's Myrinet interconnect will enable interprocessor communication.

The system will have a storage capacity of more than 600 terabytes of data, or the equivalent of 146 million full-length novels. A substantial portion of the grid's storage infrastructure will be enabled by IBM TotalStorage products and technologies.

"The availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for Itanium 2-based systems broadens the scope of Linux offerings on the Itanium processor family, providing customers with an even greater opportunity to develop and deploy high-end 64-bit Linux solutions," said Lisa Graff, director of Enterprise Processor Marketing, Intel Enterprise Platform Group. "The selection of SUSE for the massive Teragrid system demonstrates the stability, scalability and performance of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Itanium 2-based systems for complex implementations."

"SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for Intel Itanium Processor Family has been developed in close collaboration with Intel, and designed to meet the highest requirements in terms of availability, stability, scalability and performance," said Holger Dyroff, General Manager Americas, SuSE Linux."SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the clear choice for all high performance cluster efforts"

Intelligent Tools for Complex System Applications

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for Intel Itanium Processor Family contains four CDs, documentation, and the SUSE Linux Maintenance Program for 12 months. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for Intel Itanium Processor Family can be obtained by the end of March from SUSE Linux Partners.

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