August 19, 2008

QLogic 7200 Series DDR InfiniBand Adapters, Based On TrueScale ASIC Platform, Now Certified As Intel Cluster Ready; World’s Fastest InfiniBand Adapters Are Now Even Easier to Deploy

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 19, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intel Developer Forum -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that QLogic(r) 7200 Series InfiniBand(r) double data rate (DDR) adapters have been certified as Intel(r) Cluster Ready. The Intel Cluster Ready program makes it easier to design, build, sell, program, acquire, and deploy high performance computer clusters. By achieving Intel Cluster Ready certification, ISVs build customer confidence that applications written to run on one certified cluster can reliably run on another certified cluster; conversely, a certified cluster will support multiple Intel Cluster Ready ISV applications. Since Intel has developed the program in collaboration with OEMs, channel partners, and ISVs, end users can now confidently select and deploy QLogic 7200 Series DDR adapters for interoperability with a variety of hardware and software components.

The powerful QLogic 7200 Series DDR InfiniBand adapters are based on the new QLogic TrueScale(tm) ASIC platform and deliver the highest messaging rate and lowest scalable latency compared to any competitive cluster interconnect available today. The QLogic 7200 family of InfiniBand adapters also represents the advancement of InfiniBand as a highly reliable network solution for high performance computing (HPC) customers, with the industry's first three-year warranty.

"In response to HPC customer demand, we designed the QLogic 7200 Series to run faster and scale higher than competitive offerings," said Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, QLogic Host Solutions Group. "Intel MPI customers who have deployed, or plan to deploy Intel Cluster Ready certified solutions, can now achieve the best performance possible."

"The Intel Cluster Ready program makes it easier for users to experience the power of high performance computing," said Lars Jonsson, director of Cluster Software and Technologies. "The addition of the QLogic 7200 Series as an Intel Cluster Ready component broadens the solution alternatives with a high performing option for InfiniBand connectivity."

QLogic InfiniBand Adapters -- Run Faster, Scale Higher with TrueScale ASIC Platform

Backed by an industry-best, three-year warranty, QLogic 7200 Series adapters deliver industry-leading 20Gb DDR InfiniBand performance in a cluster interconnect, allowing organizations to gain maximum advantage and return on their investment by driving up the utilization of high performance computing infrastructure. The 7200 Series, based on the QLogic TrueScale DDR(tm) ASIC platform, is designed from the ground up to provide HPC cluster interconnectivity with the highest messaging rate and lowest latency available. QLogic 7200 Series InfiniBand adapters are the first to deliver up to 26 million messages per second between computing nodes at low scalable latencies. With a low-power design, the 7200 Series is environmentally friendly and highly reliable. The 7200 Series is based on the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) and has been certified with all major independent software vendors (ISVs) and independent hardware vendors (IHVs) for plug-and-play interoperability.

About QLogic

QLogic is a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, which include the controller chips, host adapters and fabric switches that are the backbone of storage networks for most Global 2000 corporations. The company delivers a broad and diverse portfolio of products that includes Fibre Channel adapters, blade server embedded Fibre Channel switches, Fibre Channel stackable switches, iSCSI adapters and iSCSI routers. The company is also a leading supplier of InfiniBand switches and InfiniBand host channel adapters for the emerging high performance computing market. QLogic products are delivered to small-to-medium businesses and large enterprises around the world via its channel partner community. QLogic products are also powering solutions from leading companies such as Cisco, Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, NetApp and Sun Microsystems. QLogic is a member of the S&P 500 Index.

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