When your business is controller chips and fabric switches, it pays to have your bases covered when it comes to high-power interconnect technology.
That's probably why QLogic has lined up both Intel and AMD as sponsors for its NETtrack Developer Center, the company's test bed for networking and storage development.
Intel will provide quad-core Xeon-based PCIe2 server technology for several HPC clusters, the largest providing 32 nodes and 128 cores. For Intel, the goal is to foster HPC development under its Intel Cluster-Ready and Enabled Server Acceleration Alliance programs, both of which are aimed at pushing Intel platforms for advanced computing environments.
AMD, meanwhile, will bring in its latest AMD64 processors, delivering the quad-core Opteron to the center's first publicly available cluster. The system features 32 Colfax CX-1266 nodes, each sporting a pair of Opteron 2360s and Qlogic's True-Scale Infiniband interconnect and SilverStorm 9080 Infiniband switch.
At least this way, whether you're an AMD or Intel fan, you'll be able to experiment with cluster technology without have to build one yourself first.