Roundup: SGI, Level 3, Internap

Cancer researchers pick SGI Altix UV gear to power their high performance computing facility, Internap will provider content delivery for the Sundance Film Festival, and Level 3 provides backbone connectivity for TDS Telecommunications.

John Rath

January 28, 2010

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Here’s a roundup of some of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:

SGI Selected by Institute of Cancer Research. SGI announced Tuesday that the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) has selected SGI Altix UV with Intel processors to support its research. The SGI high performance computing (HPC) facility will provide ICR with a massively scalable shared memory system to process hundreds of terabytes of data across thousands of CPUs. The SGI Altix UV supports up to 16 terabytes of global shared memory in a single system image. "Altix UV will meaningfully transform HPC by drawing on large memory capacity, high core count and scalability of our forthcoming next generation Intel Xeon processor-based server platform, for the expandable server segments (codenamed Nehalem-EX)," said Richard Dracott, general manager of high performance computing at Intel.

Level 3 delivers backbone for TDS Telecom. Level 3 announced that it will provide backbone network connectivity for TDS Telecommunications to support the recent deployment of their all-IP nationwide network.  "The Level 3 network enables TDS to deliver high-quality services to our end-user customers, while also providing operational and cost benefits for TDS to better manage our nationwide network," said Ken Paker, Vice President Network Services at TDS.  A new 10 Gbps network architecture allows TDS to connect core locations with more than 25 10 Gbps wavelengths, provided by Level 3.  TDS is a Madison Wisconsin based company that is the eighth largest wireline phone company in the U.S.

Internap Provides CDN for Sundance Festival.  Internap Network Services (INAP) announced that they are an official provider of Content Delivery Network (CDN) services for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Sundance will use the CDN to streamline the creation, delivery and management of interactive web content that promotes the event itself and the work of independent filmmakers year-round.  “Internap’s CDN allows us to easily create and share streaming video and other new types of content – an increasingly vital part of building awareness of our artists and bringing their work to a global audience – while ensuring a consistently reliable viewing experience, even during the dramatic spike in web traffic that occurs during the Sundance Film Festival," said Joseph Beyer, associate director at Sundance Institute Online.

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