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Commercial Access of IBM Deep Computing on Demand Accelerates

Four Industry Segments Further Tap Deep Computing Power to Help Solve Complex Problems in Supply Chain, Digital Animation, Life Sciences and Automotive Engineering

ARMONK, NY - 28 Oct 2005: IBM today announced that IBM's Deep Computing Capacity on Demand capabilities (DCCoD) are available to new industry segments, which will help to solve large and complex problems which increasingly require immense computing power.
 
Working with IBM, vendors are electing to make their commercial applications such as digital animation rendering and automotive design simulation accessible through IBM's supercomputing architecture "on demand," which may help eliminate the need for companies to invest in additional costly IT resources.

SmartOps, QuantumBio, RenderRocket and Exa Corporation are working with IBM to help spur development and drive innovation in their respective industries.

"We are giving customers access to supercomputing power once available only to the corporations with the deepest pockets," said David Gelardi, vice president, Deep Computing, IBM. "Clients who need the analytic capability of super-high performance computers can now simply 'rent' time on Linux Clusters or Blue Gene to run these specialized applications and achieve results never before attainable."

"Our selection of IBM's DCCoD was based on a commitment to provide our customers with choices that offer the greatest value, from ease of implementation to industry leading scalability," said Sridhar Tayur, CEO of SmartOps. "IBM's range of computing platforms including servers, clusters, and Deep Computing on Demand provides an unparalleled level of choice and service and will enable our customers to have confidence in the reliability and scalability of their supply chain systems. We are confident in IBM's products and services."

Examples of the work taking place at the IBM Deep Computing Capacity on Demand Centers include:

Blue Gene Powers Innovators in Supply Chain and Life Sciences
SmartOps, a leading provider of enterprise-class supply chain optimization solutions for the manufacturing and distribution industries, used IBM's DCCoD center over a two-week period to port and test their Multistage Inventory Planning and Optimization (MIPO(TM)) solution on IBM Blue Gene in preparation for offering a large scale hosted solution for their clients.

QuantumBio Inc. is a provider of software tools for drug, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies. It relies on IBM's Blue Gene on Demand center in Rochester, Minnesota, to help fulfill its computing power testing needs. Through the partnership with IBM, QuantumBio is enabled to provide users with the opportunity to study molecules of interest over a secure and integrated system on an as-needed or on demand basis. To date, QuantumBio has completed the development of its software on a number of IBM platforms, including the pSeries, xSeries, and finally the massively parallel supercomputer: Blue Gene/L.

Animating the Animation Industry
RenderRocket, a remote 3D rendering services company, now provides to customers access to a "self-service" remote render farm which can offer computing power 24-hours-a-day via the Internet. By combining top-of-the-line DCCoD computing power and RenderRocket's render management and monitoring tools, customers may tap into remote rendering power without necessarily tying up local workstations or building additional expensive local server farms that may only be used a small fraction of the time. RenderRocket is able to offer their customers the choice of a standard turnkey RenderRocket rendering environment or help the customer their own internal custom rendering environment.

Driving Results for the Automotive Industry
Exa® Corporation, a global provider of PowerFLOW Digital Wind Tunnel(TM) (DWT) design simulation software is tapping into IBM's DCCoD center in Poughkeepsie, NY to gain access to scalable capacity for its customers. Exa® PowerFLOW® On Demand powered by IBM is enabling major automotive manufacturers and smaller suppliers to solve larger and more complex aerodynamic, acoustic and thermal engineering problems. With virtual unlimited amounts of compute capacity available when needed, it is possible for Exa's clients to perform more analysis iterations in less time -- improving quality and time-to-market.

IBM Offers Value to Supercomputing Projects
IBM's eServer Blue Gene solution can provide customers with computing capability to advance science and business with highly scalable performance and advanced efficiency. The system can obtain a peak performance of 4.3 teraflops, with a single full rack system populated with 1,024 compute server nodes, and is optimized for compute density, low power consumption, and scalability.

IBM's DCCoD centers in Poughkeepsie, NY, and the European-based center in Montpellier, France is accessible to customers worldwide via a Virtual Private Network connection over the Internet. As available, clients can have on demand access to over 5,200 CPUs of Intel®, AMD Opteron(TM) and IBM POWER(TM) technology based compute power to run the Linux, Microsoft Windows and IBM AIX operating environments. The IBM Blue Gene on Demand center in Rochester, MN adds over 2,000 CPUs of IBM PowerPC® based Blue Gene technology to run Linux based workloads.

Contact(s) information

Kevin Acocella
IBM Media Relations
(646) 598-5551
kma@us.ibm.com

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