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School Deploys QLogic Network

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- QLogic Corp., a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced the University of Oklahoma (OU) Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER) deployed QLogic(r) InfiniBand(r) adapters and switches as part of its newest Linux cluster, known as Sooner. OU researchers will use Sooner to study and model tornadoes, in hopes of improving early warning systems and reducing the financial toll and the number of lives lost to these powerful windstorms.

OU Information Technology's director of supercomputing Henry Neeman and his OSCER colleagues installed QLogic 7200 Series double data rate (DDR) InfiniBand adapters, based on the QLogic TrueScale(tm) architecture, and QLogic SilverStorm(tm) 9000 Series InfiniBand core and edge switches to Sooner during the "in-place" transition from OU's previous cluster, TopDawg.

"OSCER serves more than 400 students, faculty, and staff in virtually every science and engineering discipline, as well as in medicine and business," Neeman said. "As we transitioned from our previous HPC cluster to Sooner, we were challenged with maintaining existing levels of service to the rest of the university with minimal down time. We successfully tackled that challenge and look forward to helping researchers as they attempt to uncover clues to the mysteries of tornado behavior."

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