Dell announces new 64-bit server

Dell announces new 64-bit server

Dell Computer Corp. has announced a two-way, 64-bit server intended for cluster computing and other high-performance applications.

The Dell PowerEdge 3250, with Intel Itanium 2 processors, can be used as a computing node or as a graphics-rendering platform, Dell product manager Darrel Ward said.

The 3.5-inch-high rackmount server can handle up to 16G of double-data-rate RAM and has dual internal disk drives. It can run either Red Hat Enterprise Linux from Red Hat Inc. of Raleigh, N.C., or Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Besides the Itanium 2 server, Dell yesterday announced eight- to 128-way configurations of either PowerEdge 3250 servers or PowerEdge 1750 servers with 32-bit Intel Pentium 4 Xeon processors. Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Dell middleware tools for clustering come bundled on the systems.

The most recent Top 500 list of supercomputers contains more than twice as many systems with Intel processors as the previous list in November [see story at www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/22548-1.html]. A Dell-built cluster at Sandia National Laboratories, with 660 Xeon processors, is on the Top 500 list in 32nd position, Ward noted.

Dell isn't releasing pricing for the PowerEdge 3250 until Intel Corp. announces its next processor family, Ward said. Intel is slated to announce faster Itanium 2 chips next week.

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