New IBM Supercomputer Packs 128 POWER4 Processors in a Single Frame; Smaller, Denser, Faster eServer to Transform Supercomputing Industry.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
ARMONK, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2002
IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) today announced an ultra dense 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) server targeted at the high performance computing market that is capable of reaching half a peak processing power of a trillion operations per second in a single frame.
The new eServer(TM) packs up to 128 POWER4(TM) processors per frame and is available in four or eight processor building blocks.
The eServer p655 is designed to meet the stringent demands of scientific and technical computing and Business Intelligence, as well as those applications that require very large databases or massively parallel See MPP. processing including digital media and life sciences.
The eServer p655 is the next generation of the IBM supercomputer made famous by Deep Blue, the system that defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov Garry Kimovich Kasparov (IPA: [ˈgarʲə ˈkʲɪməvʲə̈ʨ kʌˈsparəf]; Russian: . Since Deep Blue, IBM has been a leader in supercomputing, dominating the popular TOP500 List of Supercomputers. IBM supercomputers are used for applications such as those exploring genomic research in life sciences, making cars safer in automobile design, and optimizing investment strategies in financial markets.
The eServer p655 leverages IBM's breakthrough microprocessor technology to deliver outstanding scalability, density and price/performance that make it a superior alternative for customers thinking of deploying Itanium(R)2 server clusters.
A single eServer p655 rack with 128 POWER4 processors occupies significantly less space than the six racks needed to hold HP rx5670 Itanium2 systems with the same number of processors.(1) Additionally, a 4-way eServer p655 with 1.3 GHz POWER4 processors has a SPECfp_rate2000 of 51.7, offering 15 percent better throughput than a HP rx5670 with four processors.(2)
Overall, the price of a 4-way eServer p655 is $72, 899 compared to $72,449 for a similarly configured 4-way Itanium2-based HP rx5670.(3)
"Tomorrow's innovations are rooted in the bedrock of supercomputing technologies, where IBM brings decades of experience to the table," said Adalio Sanchez, general manager of IBM eServer This article is about the IBM family of computer servers. For the open access electronic text archive, see EServer.org.
IBM eServer was a family of computer servers from IBM Corporation. pSeries. "The eServer p655 is a significant breakthrough for customers who need massive performance power and scalability without massive computing space and costs. The flexibility and compact design of the POWER4-based eServer p655 make it an easy winner over competing systems, and sets a new standard by which all newcomers will be measured."
The eServer p655 system can be clustered as an eServer Cluster 1600 with a high-performance switch. For greater flexibility, systems can be defined using logical partitioning See LPAR. . Cluster systems administration from a single control workstation is provided by IBM's proven cluster management software offering.
Customers who operate large server clusters demand a system designed for uncompromising availability -- and the p655 delivers. From the integrated service processor to the Chipkill(TM) and bit-steering memory technologies, the eServer p655 offers enterprise-class autonomic computing Refers to computer systems and networks that configure themselves to changing conditions and are self healing in the event of failure. "Autonomic" means "automatic responses" to unpredictable events. capability. From a performance, packaging, flexibility or availability point of view, the p655 is ideal for customers whose workloads are best managed with a clustered server solution.
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starting price start n (at auction for the eServer p655 is $72,899(4) and is expected to ship in volume later this year.
The p655 will run version 5.1 of the AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) IBM's Unix-based operating system which runs on its Intellistation workstations and pSeries, p5, iSeries and i5 server families. 5L(tm) 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 Linux when available.(5)
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1) Five 4-way Itanium HP rx5670 (20 Itanium2 processors) fit in a
41U rack, taking six racks to hold 120 Itanium2 processors.
Each HP rx5670 server is 7U in height. Racks for HP systems
(e41 rack) are 23.5" x 39.2". Sixteen 8-way p655 servers (128
POWER4 processors) fit in one 42U rack. p655 racks are 30.5" x
54". HP information obtained from
on November 14, 2002.
2) Based on SPECfp_rate2000 result of 51.7 for the IBM p655 4-way
1.3 GHz with POWER4 processor and 43.7 for the HP rx5670 4-way
1.0 GHz with Itanium(R) 2 processor. HP result posted on
www.spec.org/cpu2000 as of November 14, 2002. IBM result
submitted to SPEC on November 11, 2002.
3) 4-way IBM eServer p655 versus 4-way HP rx5670. Both systems
with 4GB of memory, 36 GB disk, Ethernet, media, and UNIX
operating system. Rack and hardware management console A terminal or workstation used to monitor and control a network. See Microsoft Management Console. prices
not included in either system. All price information based on
U.S. list prices as of November 14, 2002. Reseller prices may
vary. HP prices from
4) Based on U.S. list price for the minimum p655 4-way with 1.3
GHz POWER4 processors, 4 GB memory and 2 18.2GB disk. Rack and
hardware management console prices not included. Prices
subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary.
5) IBM anticipates that one or more Linux distributors An organization that offers the Linux operating system as a download or on CD-ROM or DVD. See Linux distribution and Linux. will
support 64-bit Linux in the first half of 2003.
The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the following descriptive term "server" following it. IBM, the e-business logo, pSeries, AIX 5L, POWER4 and Chipkill are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and/or other countries. Intel and Itanium trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation (company) Intel Corporation - A US microelectronics manufacturer. They produced the Intel 4004, Intel 8080, Intel 8086, Intel 80186, Intel 80286, Intel 80386, Intel 486 and Pentium microprocessor families as well as many other integrated circuits and personal computer networking . Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Linus Benedict Torvalds . UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries licensed exclusively through The Open Group. All other company/product names and service marks may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. (born December 28 1969 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish software engineer best known for initiating the development of the Linux kernel.