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IBM ANNOUNCES FIRST SCALABLE, PARALLEL SYSTEM; NEW GENERATION OF RISC SYSTEM/6000-BASED PRODUCTS INTRODUCED

 NEW YORK, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- With system management capabilities and a flexible architecture unlike any other high-performance computer, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced its first scalable, parallel system -- the 9076 SP1(A).
 Based on the powerful RISC System/6000(A) processor, the general- purpose supercomputer provides customers with simultaneous parallel and serial, interactive and batch processing capabilities while achieving outstanding price/performance.
 Harnessing the power of eight to 64 RISC System/6000 processors and integrating the inter-processor communication efficiencies of an innovative switch technology, the new IBM system has been well-received by several early users.
 "We are very encouraged with the work we've done on the SP1," said Walt Ritchie, vice president, Data Processing, Halliburton Geophysical Services. "We see this as a major turning point in our industry. We now have the computing capability to solve complex seismic problems in a cost- and time-effective manner."
 The Scalable POWERparallel System 9076 SP1, the initial member of IBM's new Scalable POWERparallel Series of computers, uses the AIX/6000(A) operating system. The high-performance computer can run a single, parallel job using multiple processor nodes, execute serial tasks on individual nodes, or perform a combination of these tasks simultaneously.
 This general-purpose nature of the SP1 enables customers to explore and develop parallel applications while concurrently running their day- to-day serial production work within the SP1 AIX/6000(A) environment.
 "The SP1 offers customers immediate productivity," said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, general manager, POWER Parallel Systems. "When we began developing this system less than a year ago, our objective was to quickly bring to market a high-performance product that customers can use effectively from day one -- and that's just what we've done. No longer do customers have to wait to be productive."
 The compute power and architecture of the SP1 is ideally suited for scientists, engineers, researchers and analysts who require greater power to solve complex, numerically intensive computational problems. These problems can be found in application areas involving financial modeling, long-range weather forecasting, numerical analysis, geophysical modeling, pharmaceutical design, and advanced aircraft and automotive design.
 Performance
 Computing power increases with the number of frames included in the system. Based on the number of frames, four major configurations of the SP1 are being offered. These configurations provide customers with modular processing power ranging from 1 to 8 gigaFLOPS (billions of FLoating-point Operations Per Second). The peak performance per individual processor node is 125 megaFLOPS (millions of FLoating-point Operations Per Second). A single frame houses eight to 16 processor nodes, the redundant power supply and an optional high performance switch. The SP1 can accommodate up to four frames.
 Hardware
 Each RISC System/6000 processor can be configured with a maximum of 256MB of memory and 2GB of disk; a 64-way system contains a maximum memory of 16GB and 128GB of disk. A full version of AIX/6000 will run on each processor node.
 System management and maintenance of the SP1 is provided by an IBM RISC System/6000 control workstation, using IBM System Support Programs.
 Central to the scalability and high-performance features of the SP1 is the new IBM High-Performance Switch which enables high-speed inter- node communication for parallel applications. This advanced technology, based on years of IBM research in parallelism, is designed to support a growing number of processor nodes, well beyond initial configurations.
 The switch allows the communication time between processors to be independent of their relative location. The bandwidth can scale linearly to thousands of nodes with constant latency per connection. This switch architecture is the basis for growing the Scalable POWERparallel System toward massively-parallel processing and teraFLOPS performance (trillions of FLoating-point Operations Per Second).
 Software
 The new IBM AIX Parallel Environment Software(A) provides support for parallel application development, analysis and execution. It offers a parallel application interface that enables maximum switch performance and tools for parallel debugging and profiling. The software also features innovative program visualization and performance monitoring tools for application analysis.
 IBM also announced today IBM System Support Programs, system administration tools that manage the SP1 by providing a single point-of- control for administrative and management tasks. This software includes an easy-to-use facility for monitoring and controlling the SP1.
 Job scheduling will be managed by the new IBM LoadLeveler(A), an advanced, network-based job scheduling system that supports all SP1 systems in addition to the RISC System/6000. In the future, LoadLeveler will support other UNIX workstations and workstation clusters. LoadLeveler will also accept NQS scripts and provide NQS interoperability.
 The majority of the 6,500 AIX/6000 applications currently available for the RISC System/6000 can be run on the new SP1. Conversely, future software developed for the SP1 will be able to run on clusters of RISC System/6000 workstations.
 In addition to the IBM AIX Parallel Environment, several parallel application development packages will be available on the SP1, including Express(B), Linda(B), and PVM. Existing parallel applications running in these environments can be readily ported to the system.
 FORGE 90(B) will also be available to enable High Performance FORTRAN (HPF) parallel programs to run on the SP1 and assist in parallelizing existing serial FORTRAN programs for the system. IBM is currently working with approximately 30 software vendors in developing scientific and engineering applications for the SP1 and future POWERparallel systems.
 Access to data is provided by an NFS(B) File Server, directly connected to existing open networks. A wide range of communications protocols will be supported by the system, including Fibre Channel Standard (FCS) and Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI). Additionally, direct connection to IBM System/390(A) systems will be provided by a SP1 Block Multiplexor Channel Adapter. The SP1 adheres to open industry standards.
 The SP1 was developed by the Highly Parallel Supercomputing Systems Laboratory (HPSSL) in joint partnership with the IBM Research Division. Established by IBM in February 1992, the HPSSL is dedicated to the design, development and delivery of a series of scalable, parallel high- performance systems, based on IBM's industry-leading RISC System/6000 technology. Today's announcement comes less than one year after the lab was chartered to bring the system to market.
 "This is just the beginning of our efforts to develop industry- leading, scalable, parallel systems," said Robert Greenberg, director of the HPSSL. "As we build upon our current RISC System/6000 technology offerings, we intend to extend the family of POWERparallel systems to meet the ever-increasing compute needs of a wide variety of customers."
 Pricing for the SP1 is dependent upon the type of configuration and customer-specific requirements. An entry model, 8-processor system is priced at $312,000. Built-to-order systems can be requested immediately. Volume shipment of the SP1 is scheduled for third quarter 1993.
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