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Orion Multisystems introduces 96-node Linux based Workstation
Posted on 26-Apr-2005 21:41. | Tags Filed under: News.

Orion Multisystems introduces 96-node Linux based Workstation
Orion Multisystems, Inc. is shipping the 96-node deskside Cluster Workstation, a personal supercomputer that fits under a desk and the company says is the highest performance general-purpose computing platform that can be plugged into a standard power outlet. The launch follows the introduction last year of Orion's 12-node desktop Cluster Workstation. The company targets high tech market segments, including life sciences, geosciences, engineering, manufacturing, financial analytics, media and entertainment.

"Having a cluster available at your desk as an individual resource, rather than a shared one down the hall, fosters a more interactive experience," said Jim Lux, senior member of the engineering staff, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "Orion is making clusters a convenient, low maintenance product with the user experience of an integrated device, like a PC. The new 96-node deskside system provides an order of magnitude higher performance than the desktop, still without requiring extensive support staff and infrastructure."

Designed for an office or laboratory, Orion Cluster Workstations are productivity tools for individual engineers, scientists, financial and creative professionals.

Orion's DS-96 deskside system is based on clustering, capable of booting 96 individual computers, or nodes, as one system using single on/off switch. There is no special cooling requirements and a maximum power draw of just 1500 watts from a standard power outlet.

The system is based on eight Orion Processor Array boards, with each board comprised of 12 individual nodes on a private network. Each node is a fully functional computer with its own x86 processor, chipset, memory, optional disk drive and networking capability.

The Orion DS-96 runs the Linux operating system and includes dual 10-GigE fiber card and a 12-port GigE switch for ultra high bandwidth and massive data needs. Each board can accommodate one 2.5" hard disk drive per node on an optional basis

"Just as high-performance clusters of smaller servers have joined monolithic mainframes, server clusters are beginning to gain client-side analogues," said Stacey Quandt, senior business analyst and open source practice leader, Robert Francis Group. "Such systems, if configured and deployed effectively, can deliver new computing options and enable more and new business benefits at many enterprises."

The Deskside model pricing starts in the $100,000 range.

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