Huinalu Linux SuperCluster

Richard C Ferri rcferri at
Mon Mar 19 09:23:50 PST 2001

     Yes, IBM is actually selling preconfigured beowulf clusters.   You can
search under IBM Solution Series for Linux Clusters for more info.

Here is the press release I dug up from

IBM announced a Linux cluster hardware/software
                 package for high-availability Linux systems. IBM's
                 Solution Series for Linux Clusters includes Netfinity
                 servers running IBM's Linux Utility for Clusters,
                 software that controls multiple servers as one logical
                 node. The cluster package includes high-speed server
                 interfaces from Myricom and Ethernet switches from
                 Extreme Networks for connecting the cluster to a
                 LAN. The package scales up to 64 nodes and
                 supports Caldera, Red Hat, SuSE and TurboLinux
                 distributions. The IBM clusters are available now and
                 start at $115,000.

I don't see a lot of info as to what exactly is packaged as part of the
solution -- the press release is mostly vapor-speak.


Richard Ferri
IBM Linux Technology Center
rcferri at

Mark Lucas <mlucas at> on 03/14/2001 06:00:19 PM

Sent by:  beowulf-admin at

To:   beowulf at
Subject:  Huinalu Linux SuperCluster

Just came across this:

Huinalu is a 520-processor IBM Netfinity Linux Supercluster. It
consists of 260 nodes, each housing two Pentium III 933 megahertz
processors. Their combined theoretical peak performance is a
staggering 478 billion floating point operations per second
(gigaflops). It is, at the present time, the world's most powerful
Linux Supercluster.


Does anyone have any specifics on the hardware cost of this system?
Is IBM selling configured Beowulf clusters?

Thanks in advance.

Mark R Lucas
Chief Technical Officer
ImageLinks Inc.
4450 W Eau Gallie Blvd
Suite 164
Melbourne Fl 32934

321 253 0011 (work)
321 253 5559 (fax)

mlucas at

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