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A supercomputer for the office

Cray has unveiled an Intel-based supercomputer that works in office environments. The Cray CX1 high-performance computer is the company's first machine to use Intel processors, and it comes with Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 preinstalled. It also works with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

Cray has been working with Intel and Microsoft for the past six months with the aim of producing a supercomputer that's relatively easy to use and maintain.

The CX1 uses Intel Xeon 5400 series technology and can incorporate as many as eight nodes and 16 Intel Xeon processors, either dual or quad core, the company said. The system can accommodate as much as 64G of memory per node and 4T of internal storage. Users can configure the CX1 with a mixture of computing, visualization and storage blades, which can be swapped and upgraded as needed.

Priced from $25,000 to $80,000, the CX1 can be ordered online, comes with color-coded cabling to facilitate setup and ships in six boxes. It plugs into ordinary office power sockets (110/240 V) and comes with noise-cancellation technology to comply with office noise levels.

Extra security for USB devices

DeviceLock has released Version 6.4 of its eponymous software for controlling and securing USB ports. DeviceLock controls data-leakage channels and protects against malware infiltration, according to the company.

The product detects removable storage devices and prevents users from copying sensitive data to unencrypted removable storage.

DeviceLock integrates with third-party encryption products such as PGP's Whole Disk Encryption, TrueCrypt open-source encryption software and Lexar Media's Safe PSD S1100, according to DeviceLock officials.

Organizations can create policies that enable users to access data via a laptop computer when they are at the office while restricting activities when they connect from remote locations, such as airports, said Vladimir Chernavsky, president of North America operations at DeviceLock.

The product is source-code certified for use in classified networks in the United States and Russia, company officials said.

About the Author

Patrick Marshall is a freelance technology writer for GCN.


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