IBM opens European supercomputer on-demand centre

To meet growing demand for supercomputing services, IBM Corp. opened a new high-capacity centre in Europe on Friday — its second such centre and first outside the U.S.

The Deep Computing Capacity On Demand Center in Montpellier, France, joins IBM’s initial centre in Poughkeepsie, New York, the company said. The centres provide access, via the Internet, to a range of powerful, secure IBM supercomputers.

The Montpellier centre will run on IBM eServer pSeries AIX or Linux servers and xSeries systems running Linux or Microsoft Corp.’s Windows with disk storage. IBM recently expanded the Poughkeepsie centre to include more than 2,300 IBM xSeries Intel Xeon processor, eServer AMD Opteron processor and BladeCenter systems, it said.

IBM chose Montpellier because the company already has a huge mainframe and Unix computer centre in the city, according to company spokesman Hans-J



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