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We describe a candidate high-bit rate communication system for short range networking in high performance computing clusters. The system uses a hybrid ultra-wideband orthogonal frequency division-multiplexing scheme. The transmitted signals are sparse pulse trains modulated by a frequency selected from a properly designed set of frequencies. The train itself consists of frequency modulated ultra-wide pulses. The system achieves good detection by integrating several pulses, and high throughput by transmitting frequencies in parallel. Unlike traditional orthogonal frequency division-multiplexing systems, a given tone is transmitted only during parts of the transmission interval. We provide an analysis of the system in a multipath environment and illustrate its performance in a realistic setting.