Dell is to create a supercomputer cluster to help Emirates Team New Zealand’s designers build two 22 metre catamarans for the 34th America’s Cup, to be held in San Francisco in 2013.
The vendor will also provide IT system design, software and implementation services to the syndicate, and help it develop a social media campaign promoting its bid.
In a statement from Emirates Team New Zealand, the team’s technical director, Nick Holroyd, says: “The cluster includes Dell’s PowerEdge C servers and storage, software and a network optimised for high-performance computer clusters.”
Dell will also provide infrastructure and services for day-to-day IT functions, including a virtualisation environment, email, file and print, database and back-up the company says.
A Dell spokesman declined to say whether Emirates Team New Zealand is paying Dell, or whether the technology is being provided as part of a sponsorship deal.
"When we announced this, we didn't discuss the commercial relationship - we can't provide any details on that," the spokesman told Computerworld.