Macs will form the backbone for a new European supercomputer cluster, it emerged at Apple Expo, Paris.

Livo Technologies and Omneta have announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deliver a secure, resilient and scaleable supercomputer authentication service that uses Macs.

"Today, whether they are organizations or individuals, network computing users require new protection against ID theft and ID impersonation that lead to unauthorized access," said Omneta CEO Steven Windmill.

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Omneta's supercomputer services, which will be tested this year in several secret, ultra secure, bombproof centres, will benefit from Interoute's extensive European network, 150 points of presence in 72 European Cities.

"We designed our authentication method and system to leverage large scale network computing user populations' capabilities to securely access and process professional and personal data at anytime, anywhere, without changing their user habits nor their communication interfaces," said Jean-Michel Livowsky, CEO of Livo Technologies SA.

Livo Technologies' system authenticates network terminal users through multiple user identity factors: password, a PIN code, a serial number, a fingerprint and so on.

The companies hope to sell their security system to financial and banking institutions, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies, research centres and universities as well as governmental bodies.