Quadrics to Provide Support for Upcoming AMD Opteron™ Processors
Bristol, UK --
Quadrics today announced that its QsNet high performance network products will support upcoming AMD Opteron™ processor-based platforms. QsNet provides a high-capability solution, offering low-latency, high-bandwidth and scalability for building Linux cluster systems.
"Quadrics is looking forward to working with AMD and its solution providers in providing optimized support for the AMD Hammer architecture," said Drazen Stilinovic, General Manager of Quadrics. "The deployment of very large Linux clusters is increasing as a means to deliver supercomputing performance and reliability at more cost-effective rates. Quadrics continues to work together with industrial leaders to provide customers with best-in-class high performance networking solutions."
QsNet offers a highly integrated PCI connection for use in servers based on either PCI or PCI-X providing superior performance. The Quadrics’ host adaptor provides over 320 Mbytes/sec bandwidth and close to 2 us DMA latency for standard architectures. Multiple adaptors can be used to provide even more bandwidth. Future Quadrics products, based on the Quadrics next generation PCI-X ASIC for QsNet II, will continue to address the capability required for high performance computing (HPC).
“As HPC applications migrate from 32-bit to 64-bit environments, the capabilities of the Quadrics QsNet product can provide these applications increased bandwidth and lower latency, said Ed Gasiorowski, director of developer relations for AMD’s Computation Products Group. “The AMD Opteron processor is expected to deliver high-performance server and workstation solutions for today’s demanding enterprise applications.”
Quadrics QsNet Products
Quadrics' scalable, high performance solutions combine the industry-leading QsNet interconnect with standard microprocessor and operating system platforms. QsNet enables large clusters of these processing units to be connected together. With extremely high bandwidth and ultra-low latency, it is a crucial component for building scalable systems. It has been used to build the largest Linux based system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – 11.2 Tflops.
Performance alone, however, is only part of the picture. Quadrics' unique solution lies in combining the performance of QsNet with a software environment to ensure that clusters spanning thousands of processors can be used, administered and run effectively. This combination provides the critical production capability for cluster-driven computing.
Quadrics is a leading supplier and developer of high performance networking products and resource management software. QsNet product families are based on internally developed ASICs, firmware and software technologies, and offer customers high performance, scalability and flexibility.
As a critical technology component, creating the right partnerships is the key to delivering success as the combination of best-of-breed products and services will provide the most cost-effective solution. Quadrics’ products have been selected by the world's leading vendors and integrators as well as major Supercomputing Centres such as Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, Pittsburgh Supercomputer Centre and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In addition Quadrics software products are fully integrated with Platform Inc. Load Sharing Facility, Etnus Inc, TotalView Debugger and Pallas’ VAMPIR and VAMPIRTRACE performance analysis tools.
Quadrics corporate headquarters are located in Bristol, UK. News releases and other information about Quadrics are available at www.quadrics.com