Sequent First to Demonstrate Scalability of Windows NT with Oracle Parallel Server on Non-Uniform Memory Access Server.LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 1997--
Technology Preview Shows Clear NT Path to
Data Center with Combination of Sequent's
NUMA-Q 2000 Hardware Platform, Oracle Clustering
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In an advanced technology preview of data center-class Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking. at Oracle OpenWorld Oracle OpenWorld is an annual Oracle event for business decision-makers, IT management, and line of business end users. It is held in major cities around the world. The 2007 event was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (OOW OOW Oracle Open World
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OOW Out Of Whack ) `97, Sequent Computer Systems Inc. announced it has teamed with Intel Corp. and Oracle Corp. to demonstrate its NUMA-Q 2000 Non-Uniform Memory Access (architecture) Non-Uniform Memory Access - (NUMA) A memory architecture, used in multiprocessors, where the access time depends on the memory location. A processor can access its own local memory faster than non-local memory (memory which is local to another processor or shared (NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access) A multiprocessing architecture in which memory is separated into close and distant banks. NUMA is similar to SMP, in which multiple CPUs share a single memory. However, in SMP, all CPUs access a common memory at the same speed. ) data center server running the Windows NT environment. Accomplished with Oracle Parallel Server A version of the Oracle database system designed for massively parallel processors (MPPs). It allows multiple CPUs to access a single database.
(database) Oracle Parallel Server clustering technology, this is the first public demonstration of clustered 8-way servers on NT and the first demonstration of an inter-node parallel query on Oracle Parallel Server.
This technology demonstration is a first step towards delivering both Unix and NT environments on one partitioned NUMA-Q 2000 system. Sequent expects to ship the first version of this capability as both a new system or upgrade during 1998 in the same timeframe as the next-generation Intel processors.
At Intel's OOW booth (No. 1461), Sequent will be demonstrating an NT-based cluster of four dual-quad NUMA-Q 2000 server nodes (linking 32 Pentium Pro The sixth generation of the Intel x86 family of CPU chips. The term may refer to the chip or to a PC that uses it. Introduced in 1995 as the successor to the Pentium, models from 150 MHz to 200 MHz were released. microprocessors). Sequent's NUMA-Q 2000 data center servers have already achieved strong market momentum in high-end Unix implementations since the first systems were shipped in December. The preview also highlights the capability of Oracle Parallel Server to scale across multiple nodes. The future implementation of Virtual Interface Architecture, an emerging high-speed communications interface for clusters of servers and workstations, will improve NUMA-Q 2000 performance and scalability in such configurations.
"Our customers are telling us they want an Intel-based architecture and a path to Windows NT in the Data Center," said John McAdam John McAdam has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of F5 networks since July 2000. Prior to joining F5 Networks, McAdam served as General Manager of the Web server sales business at IBM. , president and COO of Sequent. "Today, on the same NUMA-Q 2000 platform we are currently shipping to our Unix customers, we are previewing some of the capability that will allow our customers to run either Unix, NT or both in one system. This represents a number of industry firsts, and demonstrates that NUMA-Q 2000 and Oracle's clustering capabilities will be the best combination for high-end Windows NT -- with plenty of room to grow."
The adoption of Windows NT for data center-class, mission-critical applications has thus far been limited by a variety of scalability issues. A variety of technologies have been under development by Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and other third parties to extend this scalability, usually choosing one of two formats. The first, Distributed Message Passing (DMP DMP Dossier Médical Personnel (France)
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A distributed system consists of a collection of autonomous computers linked by a computer network and equipped with distributed system software. approach, where a number of systems are clustered together to share the application workload. A second approach enables Windows NT applications to utilize more processors in a single, shared-memory 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. ) node.
NUMA-Q 2000 will be the first Windows NT-capable platform with the ability to be configured either in a distributed/DMP format, a large SMP system, or both simultaneously. Thus, customers can be assured that the NUMA-Q platform will deliver industry-leading performance and their platform investments will be protected as Windows NT technology continues to evolve.
SMP architectures continue to be the most effective way to achieve scalable performance within a single system up to a fixed number of processors. Distributed Message architectures allow customers to go beyond the limits of SMP but require more complex software support and an additional interconnect fabric or System Area Network (SAN). Sequent is committed to offering its customers a system architecture that blends these two approaches to maximize the flexibility and scalability of their data center infrastructure.
"Servers must scale to meet the growing demands of business," said John Miner Projects
Composer John Miner may be best know for his rock opera Heavens Cafe, which was staged at the Flamingo Theater in Las Vegas 1996, the Charleston Performing Arts Center in , vice president and general manager, Intel's Enterprise Server Group. "Intel is committed to enabling scalable solutions. Our efforts with the Virtual Interface Architecture make it possible to cost-effectively and flexibly scale standards-based servers into the enterprise. Intel commends Sequent's commitment to deliver open standards-based system."
"The Oracle Parallel Server option provides the most scalable and most available database on Windows NT," said Gary Bloom, senior vice president of Worldwide Alliances and Technologies at Oracle. "NUMA-Q 2000 continues to be an exciting platform for us, and we are pleased to provide the clustering technology that extends the powerful combination of Oracle and Sequent to Windows NT."
About Sequent Computer Systems, Inc.
Sequent Computer Systems, Inc. is uniquely capable of delivering robust and scalable Data Center Ready open systems solutions that are guaranteed to perform. Sequent minimizes customers' risk, enabling implementation of complex business applications that support critical needs, based on the breakthrough Sequent NUMA-Q architecture, a comprehensive portfolio of proven migration services and offerings, and an established set of partnerships with the industry's best-in-class. For further information, phone Sequent at 503/626-5700, or 800/257-9044 or visit our World Wide Web site at http://www.sequent.com . -0-
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Editor's Note: Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) is being held in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center The Los Angeles Convention Center (abbreviated LACC) is a convention center in downtown Los Angeles. The LACC hosts annual events such as the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, and was best known to video games fans as host to E3 until its cessation in 2006. on Sept. 21-25. Sequent's booth is located at No. 1221. Sequent Day, including a keynote by Chairman and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. Casey Powell and Oracle-focused general sessions throughout the day, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 25. For more information on OOW, or to arrange one-on-one briefings with Sequent at OOW, please contact Applied Communications at 650/375-8881.
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