November 25, 2005
Liquid Computing Corp., a developer of scalable servers for HPC applications, has announced it will embed Neterion's Xframe 10 gigabit Ethernet network adapter into LiquidIQ, Liquid Computing's Interconnect Driven Server (IDS). According to company officials, the integration will optimize I/O performance and eliminate bandwidth bottlenecks on the LiquidIQ server.
The LiquidIQ offering is targeted for applications requiring high bandwidth communication and I/O to carry out HPC functions across a wide range of industries such as scientific research and development, upstream energy exploration and biosciences research. Scaling out network bandwidth is critical for these applications.
"Several early users of LiquidIQ have expressed a keen interest in dynamically allocating large scale I/O throughput across our system," said Mike Kemp, CTO of Liquid Computing. "The only cost-effective way to bring terabits of I/O capacity was to embed a high performance, dependable 10 GbE network interface card directly into the LiquidIQ I/O module."
Neterion's Xframe adapter was selected for its ability to provide scalable bandwidth, low latency and high I/O performance. "Liquid Computing's Interconnect Driven Server architecture and Xframe's 10 GbE adapters are an ideal combination for end users who are seeking a means to deploy HPC resources in 'real time' based on the application they are running," said Dave Zabrowski, president and CEO of Neterion. "And a further benefit is the fact that this solution does not require a proprietary network, but can run over a company's existing infrastructure."
LiquidIQ's performance functionality is a result of the combination of its IDS technology. The IQInterconnect and associated I/O Modules can be provisioned to achieve a range of I/O bandwidth that has the capability to grow to 200 Gb/s per LiquidIQ chassis or 2.4 Tb/s of I/O across the entire system. This bandwidth comes with built in quality of service control that guarantees the availability of I/O resources to specific applications and processes.
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