Linux Networkx and Novell Create HPC Certification Center

    November 9, 2004

Linux Networx has partnered with Novell to create a High Performance Computing (HPC) Certification Center located at Linux Networx to help Independent Software Vendors (ISV) certify their applications on Novell’s SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server for use in clustered environments.

By certifying their applications at the HPC Certification Center, ISVs can deliver a standardized and supported software stack, facilitating the streamlined adoption of Linux in the commercial HPC market. At the HPC Certification Center, ISVs will be able to certify their software via Linux Networx Evolocity cluster systems on hardware and software from other key technology partners, to enable efficient cross-platform testing.

“The HPC Certification Center is extremely valuable as it will allow Fluent to certify our computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applications on industry-leading cluster hardware from Linux Networx and Novell,” said Paul Bemis, vice president of Fluent, Inc. “As the manufacturing market continues adopting cluster technology at a rapid pace, it is critically important to have software validated specifically for this computing environment to ensure efficiency and productivity.”

Linux Networx and Novell will provide engineering support to ISVs interested in using the HPC Certification Center to help ensure a quick and efficient certification process. Linux Networx also offers a variety of professional services to help ISVs and customers maximize their computing productivity, including benchmarking and testing facilities, cluster infrastructure design, application parallelization, plus site planning and environmental design.

“By jointly establishing the new HPC Certification Center with Linux Networx, Novell provides ISVs with industry-leading cluster expertise and technology to help them go to market more successfully with their Linux offering,” said Hal Bennett, vice president for business development at Novell. “Linux Networx’s commitment to delivering productive cluster systems, plus their technical depth and experience with Linux clustering, makes them the ideal candidate to provide a complete solution testing center for Novell clients and partners to easily certify applications for parallel computing environments in a standardized way.”

Linux Networx and Novell are currently working together to deploy SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server on a 2,048-processor system for the Department of Defense Army Research Laboratory.

“Novell is quickly becoming the preferred Linux vendor of choice in the HPC community with its leadership in 64-bit support, ability to integrate with cluster file systems and availability of pre-certified legacy Novell services software,” said Kim Clark, vice president of engineering for Linux Networx. “With Novell’s growing position in and commitment to high performance computing and Linux Networx’s innovative cluster technology, we will continue working together to deliver the most productive Linux cluster technology available.”

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