Dell debuts 64-bit server for clusters

A two-way, 64-bit server from Dell Computer Corp. can handle cluster computing and other high-performance applications.

The Dell PowerEdge 3250, with Intel Itanium 2 processors, changes roles from computing node to graphics-rendering platform, Dell product manager Darrel Ward said.

The server uses the most recent versions of the Itanium 2, with clock speeds ranging from 1.3 GHz to 1.5 GHz. Level 3 cache sizes range from 3M to 6M.

The 3.5-inch-high rackmount server accepts 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. Two Gigabit Ethernet network interface cards are integrated. The embedded Ultra320 RAID controller has mirroring capability.

Together with the debut of the Itanium 2 PowerEdge server, Dell announced standardized eight- to 128-way configurations for high-performance applications. The configurations can be built from either PowerEdge 3250 servers or PowerEdge 1750 servers with 32-bit Pentium 4 Xeon processors. Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Dell middleware tools for clustering come bundled.

Starting price for the PowerEdge 3250 is $5,999. An eight-node clustered configuration for high-performance computing is priced at $88,600.

Contact Dell at 877-277-3355.

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