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HP Introduces HP 9000 K-class Server for Commercial and Technical Environments; Powerful, Highly Expansive Symmetric Multiprocessing Platform Design Offers Unprecedented Midrange Performance and Lasting Value.

PALO ALTO Palo Alto, city, California
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, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 27, 1994--Building on its proven track record of open-systems innovation and development, Hewlett-Packard Company today introduced its UNIX UNIX

Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics).
(R) system-based HP 9000 K-class midrange server with up to four-way symmetric multiprocessing See SMP.

(parallel) symmetric multiprocessing - (SMP) Two or more similar processors connected via a high-bandwidth link and managed by one operating system, where each processor has equal access to I/O devices.
 (SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing) A multiprocessing architecture in which multiple CPUs, residing in one cabinet, share the same memory. SMP systems provide scalability. As business increases, additional CPUs can be added to absorb the increased transaction volume. ).

Based on HP's latest microprocessor technology, recently introduced HP-UX HP's version of Unix that runs on its 9000 family. It is based on SVID and incorporates features from BSD Unix along with several HP innovations.

(operating system) HP-UX - The version of Unix running on Hewlett-Packard workstations.
(1) 10.0 enterprise-class operating system operating system (OS)

Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs.
 and state-of-the-art balanced system design, the K-class server provides the performance and expandability required by commercial and engineering customers to run complex mission-critical applications.

The new HP 9000 K-class server, priced from $21,270 (U.S.), delivers the following:

o more than 50 percent better OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing) See transaction processing and OLCP.

OLTP - On-Line Transaction Processing
 performance than the

nearest midrange competitor with 2,616 tpmC at

$544/tpmC based on the TPC-C A benchmark that measures overall transaction processing performance. See TPC. (2) benchmark Revision 3.0

running HP-UX 10.0 and Informix 7.1;

o breakthrough NFS (Network File System) The file sharing protocol in a Unix network. This de facto Unix standard, which is widely known as a "distributed file system," was developed by Sun. See file sharing protocol and WebNFS.

NFS - Network File System
 file-server performance of 4,363 IOPS IOPS Input/Output Per Second
IOPS Input/Output Operations Per Second (server performance measurement)
IOPS International Organization of Pension Supervisors
IOPS Information Operations Planning System
IOPS Internet Official Protocol Standards

for clear midrange-server leadership and nearly three

times better price/performance than any high-end or

midrange competitive system;

o outstanding midrange compute- and application-server

performance with up to 12,316 SPECrate_int92(3) and

17,819 SPECrate_fp92; and

o up to four-way SMP with outstanding scaleability,

increased memory capacity and substantially improved

I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.

I/O - Input/Output
 throughput for quick completion of the largest,

most complex applications.

"One of the reasons HP has maintained greater than 40 percent growth in its server business is because we have been able to successfully help customers apply innovative IT solutions to solve their real-world business problems," said Willem P. Roelandts, HP senior vice president and general manager of the Computer Systems Organization. "The HP 9000 K-class server represents yet another piece of the total solution, with the performance and price/performance needed for complex commercial and engineering environments."


"HP's new K-class server provides the type of performance, availability capabilities, expandability, upgradability and price/performance that is needed in a department-level application server," said Thomas Kucharvy, president of Summit Strategies. "The modular architecture provides unsurpassed investment protection and a logical, attractive complement to HP's Model E-class workgroup server and Model T-class enterprise server."

Recognized as a leader in open enterprise computing Refers to information technology in the larger company. See enterprise data and enterprise networking. , HP delivers the innovative technology its commercial customers need to remain competitive in their industries. The outstanding OLTP performance and expandability inherent in the K-class server make it an ideal solution for telecommunications, financial services The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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, retail, manufacturing and general business computing.

An example of a demanding environment in which the K-class server will be implemented is the Financial Services Operation of Mesbla, one of the largest department-store chains in Brazil.

"HP's new K-class server provides us high-end performance at midrange prices," said Mr. Antonio Maia, IT director of Mesbla's Financial Services Operation. "HP provides the type of technology solution we need to enable us to implement an entirely new suite of applications that will increase our competitive advantage in the financial industry."

The HP 9000 K-class servers' industry-leading price/performance and conformance to industry standards make them ideal as an open alternative to proprietary host-based midrange systems -- particularly IBM's AS/400 and Digital's VAX (Virtual Address eXtension) A venerable family of 32-bit computers from HP (via Digital and Compaq) introduced in 1977 with the VAX-11/780. VAX models ranged from desktop units to mainframes all running the same VMS operating system, and VAXes could emulate PDP models . Companies migrating from these legacy environments to the HP 9000 typically can reduce IS costs while providing users with the benefits of true client/server computing and today's state-of-the-art software applications.


The three key technical market opportunities for the K-class server are NFS file serving, engineering data management, and compute and application serving. The strength of the product in these areas makes it ideally suited for a range of engineering markets, including mechanical and electronic design automation; software development; geographic information systems; oil and gas; and architecture, engineering and construction.

MSC/NASTRAN, a key application in the mechanical-design market, is a demanding finite-element-analysis program used to analyze the stress, vibration and heat-transfer characteristics of mechanical components.

"We were excited to see that preliminary benchmarks of MSC/NASTRAN on the HP 9000 K-class server showed a level of performance that was similar to other high-performance machines costing many times more than the K-class systems," said Thomas Curry, president of the MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation. "And due to its binary compatibility with Series 700 workstations, we were able to run our applications without any modification."

Today's announcement of a new industry-leading server platform further strengthens HP's Empowered Engineering environment -- the industry's most comprehensive and powerful set of technical-computing solutions. Empowered Engineering, comprising leadership hardware platforms, an extensive breadth of engineering software applications, collaborative tools and connectivity solutions, and industry-leading service and support, is designed to solve the most challenging problems in a customer's engineering enterprise.


The HP 9000 K-class server line includes the uniprocessor Model K100 and the SMP Models K200 and K400, which support up to four processors. Based on a newly designed architecture, the K-class server includes a 960-MB/s peak processor-memory bus bandwidth; all-new multichannel Using two or more paths for transmission or processing. It can refer to a variety of architectures including (1) multiple I/O channels between the CPU and peripheral devices, (2) multiple wires in a cable, (3) multiple "logical" channels within a single wire or fiber or (4) multiple  I/O subsystem, which can provide up to 256 MB/s I/O throughput; standard high-speed 20-MB/s fast/wide differential SCSI-2 disk channel; and optional high-speed networking capabilities, such as FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) Often pronounced "fiddy," it was a LAN and MAN access method that had its heyday in the mid-1990s. FDDI was an ANSI standard token passing network that transmitted 100 Mbps over optical fiber up to 10 kilometers. , ATM and, in the future, Fibre Channel.

The K-class server is based on HP's highly integrated 100-MHz PA-7200 microprocessor, and provides lower-cost SMP, more efficient cache performance, and faster system-level bandwidth. In addition, the server offers a path to 64-bit computing starting with 64-bit features of today's PA-RISC (Precision Architecture-RISC) A proprietary RISC-based CPU architecture from HP that was introduced in 1986. It is the foundation of HP's 3000 and 9000 computer families. See IA-64. (4) processors and expanding these features with the recently announced PA-8000 processor.

The Models K100 and K200 can be upgraded easily to the more expansive Model K400 with a simple board swap. With future board upgrades to the 64-bit PA-8000 processor, the K-class server will provide users with a tenfold performance range within this same affordable system cabinet, as well as long-range investment protection.

The server runs on HP's recently announced HP-UX 10.0 enterprise-class operating system, which incorporates several features that contribute to the demonstrated industry-leading performance. These features include memory subsystem tuning, improved operating-system concurrency Operations that are performed simultaneously within the computer. For example, dual-core CPUs provide complete overlapping of two independent processes. See dual core, hyperthreading, multiprocessing, multitasking, multithreading, SMP and MPP.

concurrency - multitasking
 and significant improvement in the number of I/Os per second. In addition, HP offers a broad set of cost-effective high-availability solutions that address the needs of mission-critical environments.


The HP 9000 K-class server models are priced from $21,270 for the uniprocessor Model K100 to $90,350 for the four-way SMP Model K400. The server is orderable immediately with an estimated four-week delivery after receipt of order.

SERVER CONFIGURATION                       PRICE

HP 9000 Model K100                         $21,270
     32MB RAM, 1GB SCSI-2 F/W/D
     disk, CD-ROM, LAN, two-user HP-UX
HP 9000 Model K200                          33,650
     64MB RAM, 2 GB SCSI-2 F/W/D
     disk, CD-ROM, LAN, two-user HP-UX
HP 9000 Model K400                           60,350
     128MB RAM, 2 GB SCSI-2 F/W/D
     disk, CD-ROM, LAN, two-user HP-UX
Additional PA-7200 processors                10,000

In addition, HP today announced that it now offers a four-hour on-site hardware-maintenance response time bundled with the one-year limited warranty Limited warranty

A warranty with certain conditions and limitations on the parts covered, type of damage covered, and/or time period for which the agreement is good.
 (United States) on its PA-RISC-based servers. This improved on-site warranty better matches the needs of customers whose servers run critical business applications. Coverage is limited to the system processing unit and its internally integrated hard disk, CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
 in full compact disc read-only memory

Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser).
 and backup devices, as well as the system console.

HP is recognized as the leader in providing service and support for enterprise, client/server computing environments. More than 400 service and support offices are located in more than 110 countries and deliver solutions from planning through design and implementation, and ongoing support and operations for client/server solutions that meet the business needs of companies competing in fast-changing, global marketplaces.

HP is the second-largest computer supplier in the United States, with computer-related revenue of $19.6 billion in its 1994 fiscal year. HP has been delivering PA-RISC-based computers since 1986 with high reliability, data integrity, data availability and system availability.

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global manufacturer of computing, communications and measurement products and services recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 98,200 employees and had revenue of $25 billion in its 1994 fiscal year. -0-


(1) HP-UX 9.X and 10.0 for HP 9000 Series 700 and 800 computers are X/Open(tm) Company UNIX 93 branded products. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/OpenCompany Limited. X/Open is a trademark of X/Open Company Limited in the UK and other countries.

(2) TPC-C is a benchmark developed by the industrywide Transaction Processing Performance Council Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable TPC performance data to the industry.  (TPC (Transaction Processing Performance Council, San Francisco, CA, An organization devoted to benchmarking transaction processing systems. In order to derive the number of transactions that can be processed in a given time frame, TPC benchmarks measure the total performance of ). The TPC-C benchmark defines a rigorous standard for calculating performance and price/performance measured by transactions per minute (tpmC) and $/tpmC, respectively. TPC-C is considered the best standard measure of OLTP performance.

(3) SPEC stands for System Performance Evaluation Performance evaluation

The assessment of a manager's results, which involves, first, determining whether the money manager added value by outperforming the established benchmark (performance measurement) and, second, determining how the money manager achieved the calculated return
 Cooperative, in an industry-standard benchmarking group.

(4) PA-RISC stands for Precision Architecture, HP's name for its reduced-instruction-set computing (RISC RISC
 in full Reduced Instruction Set Computing

Computer architecture that uses a limited number of instructions. RISC became popular in microprocessors in the 1980s.
) technology.

CONTACT: Hewlett-Packard Co.

Terri Powell, 408/447-1673

Lynn Wehner, 508/436-5017
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