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Dell Inc. is bringing InfiniBand capabilities to its high-performance computing cluster configurations via technology from Topspin Communications Inc.

The addition of InfiniBand switches is a continuation of Dell’s drive to offer industry-standard technology to its customers, said Victor Mashayekhi, development manager for Dell’s HPC initiatives.

“[InfiniBand] gives us that opportunity to give customers a standardized solution at a very good cost,” Mashayekhi, in Round Rock, Texas, said in an interview Tuesday.

Dell bundles hardware, software and services into its HPC cluster configurations, which scale from eight to 128 nodes. Mashayekhi said the 64-node configuration will come bundled with InfiniBand, although the company can include the low-latency, high-bandwidth interconnect with the 128-node cluster if requested, he said. The 24-node configuration also will come bundled with InfiniBand, and Topspin’s switches will be added to configurations for Oracle Corp.’s 10Gg platform later this year.

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