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HP Teams With Cisco

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today announced two agreements with Cisco that target the fast-growing market of high-performance computing with HP hardware and Cisco's InfiniBand solutions.

First, HP will offer Cisco double data rate (DDR) InfiniBand-based Server Fabric Switches (SFS) as part of HP's Unified Cluster Portfolio. Additionally, HP BladeSystem c-Class servers are now supported with Cisco's standards-based InfiniBand host driver software.

The combined offerings accelerate business growth for high-performance computing (HPC) environments by providing high bandwidth, low latency, fabric stability and scalability.

HPC configurations are used for projects requiring millions of calculations running simultaneously, such as financial data analysis, data mining, market data analysis, computational chemistry, database tiers, and computational fluid dynamics. Cluster computing is one of the drivers of the HPC market because of its flexibility and price-performance advantages.

"HP is pleased to add the Cisco double data rate InfiniBand switches to our Unified Cluster Portfolio," said Winston Prather, vice president and general manager, High Performance Computing Division, HP. "The Cisco switches fit well within HP's scalable solutions for high-performance computation, data management and visualization and our continuing focus to deliver innovation, choice and performance for our HPC customers."

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