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HP Polishes Its Clusters

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) will unveil the latest additions to its long-term clustering strategy at the International Supercomputer Conference in Heidelberg, Germany, on Tuesday.

The vendor is fleshing out its Unified Cluster Portfolio (UCP), a pre-packaged collection of hardware and software launched last November. This included Integrity servers and HPs StorageWorks Scalable File Share (SFS) technology (see New HP Clusters Simplify HPC).

With Tuesday's announcement, HP will add a range of dual-core Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) Opteron processor-based servers to the UCP mix, starting with its Proliant DL585 device. Ed Turkel, marketing manager for HP’s high performance computing clusters, tells NDCF that two more Opteron-based servers, the DL145 and DL385, will join the family later.

The exec also confirms that HP will be adding blade servers to the cluster. HP’s BL35p Opteron-based blade server is first in line, says Turkel, and will be available sometime in August. He adds that HP is also looking to add its BL25p and BL45p blades into the mix, although this is “dependent on customer input.”

HP is not the only company polishing its clusters. Last week IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) announced a raft of new technologies for its pre-packed 1350 cluster. Rather than deploying clusters piece-by-piece, the idea is that users can buy a pre-tested set of cluster technology from an established vendor (see IBM's Cluster Bluster).

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