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About IBM


IBM Corporation is the world's largest information technology company, with revenue of $91.4 billion and net income of $9.4 billion in 2006. In that same year IBM counts 355,766 employees worldwide and serves customers in 170 countries (2006). For over 100 years (its origins can be traced back to 1890) IBM offers IT-service and is a supplier of information technology based solutions and services. IBM's goal is to improve the production, growth and competitive position of IBM's customers.

IBM is aligned around a single, focused business model: innovation. IBM takes its breadth and depth of insight on issues, processes and operations across a variety of industries, and invents and applies technology to help solve its clients' most intractable business and competitive problems. Although we remain committed, as ever, to lead the development of state-of-the-art technologies, and the products and service offerings built around them, we measure ourselves today by how well we help clients solve their biggest and most pressing problems.

IBM is the world leader in server sales, since 2000 IBM has improved its server market position by about 10 points. IBM leads in supercomputers, with 237 of the top 500 systems including number one, BlueGene/L, and four of the world's top five systems. (TOP500 Supercomputer Sites List, November 06, 2006).

The number of systems based on the Power Architecture™ increased to 91 from 83 on the previous list, published in June. IBM's industry-leading performance was also propelled by its strength across diverse computing platforms: including growth in the number of Blue Gene systems (from 24 to 28, compared with the previous list) and IBM clusters based on AMD Opteron systems (from 31 to 55).

IBM technology is responsible for more than 1.75 petaflops of the list's aggregate performance total of 3.527 petaflops, which is over a petaflop more than the total throughput of nearest rival, HP. IBM systems accounted for four of the top 10 machines on the list. IBM also had 44 of the top 100 systems.

In January 2006, the United States Patent and Trademark Office reported that IBM earned more patents than any other company for the thirteenth consecutive year. In 2005, IBM earned 2,941 patents -- 1,100 more patents than any other company. In 2006 IBM invested $6.1 billion in Research and Development.

IBM has been active in the Netherlands since 1921, although not before 1965 under the current name. IBM Nederland B.V. is a 100% subsidiary of IBM Trade, which is a 100% subsidiary of International Business Machines Corporation.

About the Huygens system

The Huygens system will initially consist of 120 IBM POWER5+ processor nodes with 16 processor cores (running at 1.9 GHz) per node and a total capacity of 14 TFlops.

The on-line storage environment is based upon the IBM DS4700 Storage controllers with 300 GB disks. Initially capacity will be 480 TB.

The following Software products products will be available:

  • SUSE Linux Version 9 for POWER5+
  • Cluster Systems Management (CSM for Linux) Version 1.6.
  • General Parallel File System (GPFS for Linux) Version 3.1
  • XL FORTRAN (Compiler) Version 10
    Read more about IBM XL Fortran Advanced Edition V10.1
  • XLC/C++ (Compiler) Version 8
    Download or order the IBM Redbook on Developing and Porting C and C++ Applications on AIX
  • Parallel Environment (PE) Version 4.3
  • Engineering Scientific Subroutine Library (ESSL) Version 4.2
  • Parallel Engineering Scientific Subroutine Library (P-ESSL) Version 3
  • LoadLeveler (LL) Version 3.4

Find CSM, LoadLeveler, P-ESSL, ESSL, PE, SUSE and GPFS documentation in the IBM Cluster information library

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