Cray, Dell will build custom Linux clusters

Cray, Dell will build custom Linux clusters

Cray Inc. will build and sell custom Linux server clusters using Dell Computer Corp.'s PowerEdge servers and storage systems.

Under a three-year agreement, the Seattle supercomputer maker will provide installation, clustering software, maintenance and training, Cray spokesman Steve Conway said.

Cray will continue to design clusters for the Red Hat Linux 7.2 operating system from Red Hat Inc. of Durham, N.C. Cray has 'a huge reservoir of software' originally developed for its T3E parallel supercomputer that can work in clusters, Conway said.

Dell also announced its own High-Performance Computing Clusters program for selling off-the-shelf clusters of up to 128 processors.

Dell spokeswoman Roe Thiessen said her company's program would not compete with Cray's reselling effort.

Dell's server clusters are designed for sites that can set up the servers on their own, Thiessen said, and Dell will refer those who need specialized services to Cray.

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