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Next Generation Linux Supersystems deliver optimum application performance

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 14, 2005 - Linux Networx, The Linux Supercomputing Company, announced today the availability of the LS Series, a family of Linux Supersystems that blend the price and performance of Linux clusters with the power of legacy supercomputing, in a high value supercomputing system. The LS Series makes Linux supercomputing available to a broader range of users thanks to a combination of optimized performance and reduced Total Cost of Ownership. LS Series Supersystems are delivered ready for Performance on Power-up, eliminating the cost and complexity associated with first generation supercomputing clusters.

The LS Series includes two families, designed to meet the specific needs of midrange or legacy supercomputing application users. The LS-1 is a family of Linux Supersystems that blends application-optimized performance with systems value for third-party and custom applications. The LS/X is an extreme performance Linux Supercomputer that delivers legacy supercomputing performance, solving the most intense computational problems.

“Every day a more diverse set of supercomputing users are turning to Linux. We designed the LS Series in response their unique needs,” said Robert (Bo) H. Ewald, CEO of Linux Networx. “The LS-1 family delivers affordable, manageable systems to users who want to focus on research or design instead of managing cluster infrastructure. The LS/X powers legacy supercomputing applications at a fraction of the cost of proprietary legacy supercomputers - bringing the value of Linux to the high-end supercomputing market.”


LS-1 Supersystems are specifically designed to make supercomputing more affordable and manageable for midrange users. LS-1 Supersystems are delivered as application-optimized systems, and arrive ready for Performance at Power-up. Users immediately focus on solving computational science and engineering challenges, leveraging a highly optimized system. No special facilities or cluster expertise required. Proven best-of-breed software and hardware configurations eliminate operational complexity and simplify upgrades - dramatically reducing Total Cost of Ownership. LS-1 Supersystems are ideally suited for third party applications such as computational fluid dynamics, crash analysis, structural engineering, flow simulation, and interactive 3D visualization.

Thanks to a modular subsystem approach, LS-1 Supersystems are also easily optimized for custom application codes. A range of pre-tested subsystem modules are available - including varieties of compute, interconnect, visualization, data storage and application acceleration. LS-1 Supersystems are available for Early Access customers today, with General Availability in Q1 2006.


The LS/X is an extreme performance Linux supercomputer - blending the performance and scale of legacy supercomputing with the price and performance advantage of Linux clusters - making it the ideal choice for applications that demand ultimate levels of sustained application performance. The LS/X eliminates the performance bottlenecks experienced by first generation clusters. Ultimate performance technologies for compute, direct-attached memory and interconnect are integrated within the LS/X’s scalable, tightly-coupled architecture. Thanks to a resilient and fully fault-tolerant system design, including redundant power, cooling and network architectures, applications run to completion without disruption. The LS/X’s integrated switch infrastructure reduces cabling by over 60% - increasing reliability while simplifying serviceability and improving airflow. LS/X Supercomputers are available for Early Access customers in December 2005.

At Linux Networx, Linux Supercomputing is our only business. We focus exclusively on solving our customer’s supercomputing challenges, blending technology innovation with real-world expertise. Our Linux supercomputers accelerate computational endeavors for more than 150 customers. Our commitment to customer success has led to record revenue growth, powering us to market leadership as The Linux Supercomputing Company.


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