Red Hat Delivers First Integrated Linux-Based High Performance Computing Platform


United States, October 2, 2008

Globally available today, the Red Hat HPC Solution includes all of the components necessary to build and manage a complete HPC cluster in a simple, ready-to-deploy package

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the delivery of the industry's first integrated Linux-based High Performance Computing (HPC) platform with the global availability of the Red Hat HPC Solution, an all-in-one stack that customers can leverage to deploy, run and manage their HPC clusters. First announced in collaboration with Platform Computing in November 2007, the HPC Solution is available today through Red Hat Network with the backing of Red Hat's global 24x7 customer support services.

Historically, building and managing HPC clusters has provided cost and expertise challenges for IT departments faced with lengthy deployment timelines and tedious integration work requiring extensive training, planning and upkeep. Today, with the availability of the comprehensive Red Hat HPC Solution, customers of all levels and workloads are offered the benefits of high-performance computing through an easy-to-install, end-to-end solution that can be deployed in under one hour.

"With our HPC Solution, we're enabling our customers to focus on their business goals and competitive advantage without needing to worry about the challenges of deploying and managing their HPC cluster - we're taking care of this for them," said Scott Crenshaw, vice president, Platform Business Unit at Red Hat. "We're delivering the first Linux-based solution that allows our customers to deploy a fully integrated high-performance computing environment in minutes rather than in weeks or months. No one else in the industry has yet been able to deliver this type of compelling Linux solution for HPC clusters."

The Red Hat HPC Solution incorporates all of the components necessary to deploy and maintain HPC clusters, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2, the world's leading open source operating system, and Platform Computing's cluster software framework, Platform Open Cluster Stack 5. The solution also includes device drivers, a simple cluster installer, cluster management tools, a resource and application monitor, interconnect support and Platform Lava, a powerful job scheduler.

For deploying and managing HPC clusters, Red Hat, Dell and Platform Computing have also partnered to offer customers a comprehensive cluster computing package, Platform Open Cluster Stack (OCS), to ease cluster deployment, management and operation of the Red Hat HPC Solution.

"With the Red Hat HPC Solution, organizations ranging from the enterprise to SMB will be able to adopt open source solutions that are fully supported, easy-to-use and cost-effective to implement," said Tripp Purvis, vice president, Business Development, Platform Computing. "Platform's 16 years of expertise delivering HPC management software, combined with the performance and stability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2, are a perfect technology match while also addressing the growing need in the market for powerful yet flexible HPC solutions."

"Dell is committed to simplifying High Performance Computing solutions and sees benefit in the approach that Red Hat is taking with their HPC Solution" said Judy Chavis, director of Business Development and Product Management, Dell Inc. "By utilizing our existing relationship with Platform Computing, commitment to simplify IT and established practice of utilizing standard-based components in complex environments; this solution helps strengthen our position in the HPC market and fits well into our overall strategy."

The Red Hat HPC solution is available from Red Hat today with prices starting at $249 per node. For more information about the Red Hat HPC solution, visit

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