Topspin Tangos With Dell

The InfiniBandwagon received a push from Dell Computer Corp. yesterday. The hardware giant will use switch technology from startup Topspin Communications Inc. as part of its new, all-singing, all dancing supercomputer clusters (see Dell Boosts Supercomputing Cluster ).

The cluster packages employ Dell’s PowerEdge 1850 servers with Intel Corp.’s (Nasdaq: INTC) Xeon EM64T processors, supporting TopSpin’s TS270 InfiniBand switch and PCIe host channel adapters (HCAs). Dell execs claim the clusters can offer up to 8 Gbit/s of throughput from a single server, which is around eight times the throughput of previous Dell cluster offerings.

Dell is one of a string of vendors to rubber-stamp Topspin’s technology. The startup has been collecting OEM partners like baseball cards for over a year. These include Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), NEC Corp. (Nasdaq: NIPNY; Tokyo: 6701), Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), and RLX Technologies Inc.

But despite the apparent popularity of Topspin, InfiniBand is yet to achieve widespread deployment outside of high-performance computing...

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