IBM offers two families of cluster systems and a full portfolio of software to optimise performance and manageability.
IBM Intelligent Cluster, which includes the IBM System x iDataPlex, is an integrated, factory-built and -tested cluster solution with comprehensive warranty service for all cluster components including third-party options. This highly acclaimed, reliable cluster solution provides clients with many significant advantages including exceptional scalability, versatility, price/performance and reduced installation and deployment time. The Intelligent Cluster offers a broad range of compute, management and storage nodes based on Intel® Xeon®, AMD Opteron™ and IBM Power® technologies complemented by a robust storage portfolio and leading high speed network switching technologies. Software support includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Microsoft® Windows® HPC Server 2008 operating systems.
IBM Power Systems high performance computing systems are comprised of IBM POWER6 and IBM POWER7 symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) servers and Blue Gene, running AIX or Linux. Power Systems HPC servers are highly scalable cluster solutions for large-scale computational simulation and modeling in petroleum reservoir modeling, life science applications, weather forecasting/modeling, and financial services sectors. These systems are also leveraged for large database, business intelligence applications and cost-effective data centre, server and workload consolidation. Power cluster systems can be deployed on Ethernet or InfiniBand networks and managed with xCAT and/or IBM Systems Director in order to streamline deployment and reduce the cost and complexity of system management. The IBM high performance computing software stack provides additional software products to effectively leverage clustered systems.