Vol 71 Issue 3 2004-01-19 Article 12060 from section "News"

Recent New Members Include Important Interconnect Technology Firms

The HPTC Alliance Partner Program, recently developed by Sun
Microsystems, has been joined by a number of interconnect technology
companies with an interest in fostering the growth and advancement of
grid computing. Among the new members are Infinicon, Force10 Networks,
Mellanox, Myrinet, Quadrics, Topspin Communications and Voltaire.

The alliance is expected to have immediate benefits for HPTC customers
involved in large-scale scientific and exploratory projects such as
NSF-funded projects and global efforts like the TeraGrid and the current
Mars rover explorations, which use Sun systems, including the
Solaris[TM] Operating System (Solaris OS) and Java[TM] technology.

Sun is also courting HPTC users in academia. At Pennsylvania State
University, for example, Sun's systems are part of the Pleiades Cluster
which analyzes data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave
Observatory (LIGO). Pleiades is one component of the LIGO Scientific
Collaboration Data Grid and a member of the International Virtual Data
Grid Laboratory (iVDGL), an international computational laboratory that
supports experimentation in grid-enabled, data-intensive scientific

Sun was named the largest volume HPTC vendor by IDC in its Q3CY03
Worldwide Technical Server report. Sun attained this eminence in part
through sales of its Sun Fire[TM] V60x servers.

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