The automobile manufacturer plans to deploy a 108-node IBM IntelliStation Linux cluster running LS-DYNA software from Livermore Software Technology.
IBM Global Services worked with DaimlerChrysler to integrate the key hardware, software, and storage for the crash test simulation application, and implement and support DaimlerChrysler's move from SGI Origins and HP N Class Unix to Linux and IBM.
For the new solution, Daimler Chrysler deployed a Linux cluster optimized for demanding compute- and graphics-intensive workloads on an IBM IntelliStation M Pro 6850 workstation powered by dual Intel Xeon processors operating at 2.2GHz each with enhanced 512KB L2 cache. The solution includes TotalStorage FAStT500 using Gigabit Ethernet and supports up to 512 nodes.
According to Big Blue, it is especially suited for digital content creation, crash test simulation and oil and gas exploration. IBM noted that the new cluster will cost only a fraction of what the system it is replacing does.
A cluster is a collection of computers connected by hardware and software to perform as a single, integrated system. Because clusters offer increased performance at a lower cost than older, proprietary systems, Linux clusters are being adopted across a spectrum of industries, from the industrial sector to media and entertainment to life sciences.
IBM is riding this latest trend, claiming the position of being the first top-tier server vendor to deliver a Linux cluster based on the Intel Xeon processor.