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HP, CONVEX ANNOUNCE CLUSTER COMPUTING SOLUTIONS; SYSTEMS TARGET COMPUTE-INTENSIVE TECHNICAL MARKETS

 HP, CONVEX ANNOUNCE CLUSTER COMPUTING SOLUTIONS;
 SYSTEMS TARGET COMPUTE-INTENSIVE TECHNICAL MARKETS
 PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) and Convex Computer Corporation (NYSE: CNX) today extended their strategic alliance by announcing the availability of scalable, parallel systems based on HP's PA-RISC(see note) processors and Convex's supercomputing technologies.
 The systems include clusters of HP Apollo 9000 Series 700 workstations running specialized Convex cluster software and Convex's new Meta Series, a system that integrates Convex supercomputers with HP workstations.
 The companies also announced a worldwide OEM/VAR agreement, which provides the framework under which each company can market selected products of the other. HP and Convex signed extensive business and technology agreements March 18, 1992.
 These products target customers involved in compute-intensive tasks such as high energy physics, oil reservoir simulation and seismic analysis, computational chemistry, financial analysis, finite element analysis, design verification, and software development.
 "The leading performance and price/performance advantages of the Series 700, joined with Convex's supercomputing technology, will allow customers involved in compute intensive tasks to exploit the power of the HP/Convex computing environment," said Gary B. Eichhorn, general manager of HP's Workstation Systems Group.
 "Clusters are an integral part of the metacomputing environment, which is a heterogeneous computing environment where parallel/vector supercomputers, workstations, and MPP (massively parallel processing) systems all work seamlessly together to solve complex problems facing scientists and engineers," said Robert J. Paluck, Convex chairman, president, and chief executive officer.
 The HP/Convex systems announced today include:
 -- HP Series 700 workstations with Convex cluster software - Convex is offering new cluster software products, with integration and consulting support, on the Series 700. The software products are ConvexPVM, ConvexNQS+, and ConvexMLIB. Convex's cluster software transforms a network of Series 700's into a high performance, loosely coupled parallel computer. As an example illustrating the potential of cluster computing, Cern (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Geneva, Switzerland, created a cluster of 16 HP Series 700 workstations that delivers more than twice the processing power of the organization's IBM 3090/600J mainframe at less that one-tenth the price; and
 -- Meta Series - A Convex C Series supercomputer tightly integrated with Series 700 workstations and designed to deliver the highest levels of application throughput performance. The Meta Series integrates the vector and parallel processing of a supercomputer with the scalar processing of workstations and is ideal for customers requiring both processing methodologies, such as those involved in computational chemistry and seismic analysis. The Meta Series also provides users with an introductory platform for parallel algorithm and application development that will be used on Convex's future PA-RISC-based MPP systems.
 "HP's relationship with Convex has resulted in the broadest range of scalable, parallel computing systems," said Eichhorn. "The combined expertise of HP and Convex sets our computational cluster solutions apart from other workstation-based offerings, including the offering from IBM, which has yet to integrate its workstations with supercomputers or articulate its MPP vision."
 Because the clusters are modular, customers are able to purchase additional processing power as their applications require it. And since the Series 700 and Convex supercomputers run UNIX(see note)-based operating systems, customers have access to thousands of third-party software applications.
 In addition, to provide customers with the broadest variety of cluster solutions, HP TaskBroker and a range of third-party cluster software also are available on the Series 700. These include applications such as Load Balancer from Freedman Sharpe & Associates, NQS and NQS/Exec from Sterling Software, Network Linda from Scientific Computing Associates, Express from Parasoft and ISIS Distributed Toolkit from ISIS Distributed Systems.
 Software Maximizes Performance.
 When a cluster is serving as a throughput accelerator, many tasks are sent to it from workstations, X stations, or other clients. Queuing software maximizes the performance of the workstation cluster by automatically distributing tasks to the best available processor.
 A parallel processing cluster environment allows a large job sent to a cluster to be divided and executed on multiple CPUs. Several software tools available on Series 700 clusters, such as ConvexPVM, enable the user to break up a program into smaller pieces of code or information.
 In addition to ConvexNQS+ and ConvexPVM, Convex has ported its math library -- ConvexMLIB -- to the Series 700. Available with the Meta Series and the HP/Convex cluster, ConvexMLIB is a collection of highly optimized subroutines of basic mathematical and computational kernels that enhance program performance on PA-RISC clusters.
 Cluster Labs Target Benchmarking, Tuning.
 HP and Convex have established labs at HP in Fort Collins, Colo., and at Convex in Richardson, Texas. Included in the labs are C Series supercomputers, Series 700 workstations, the appropriate cluster software, and a range of networking topoligies.
 At the labs, customers can evaluate various hardware and software solutions to determine their applicability in a computational cluster environment. The labs also serve as porting and tuning sites so that customers, working together with HP and Convex consultants, can optimize their code on the various cluster solutions.
 Selected Pricing and Availability.
 Performance-oriented computational clusters based on the Model 730 - which provides 87.6 SPECmarks(see note) and 23.7 Mflops -- range in price from $70,000 (U.S. list) for an Ethernet-based, two-CPU cluster to more than $400,000 for an FDDI-based pre-configured solution comprised of eight workstations and the appropriate Convex or third-party software. These clustered solutions are expected to be available in Q1 1993. In addition to the Model 730s, HP workstations based on the new PA-RISC 7100 chip will be offered as part of the clustered solutions when they become available. The new workstations will each deliver in excess of 120 SPECmarks.
 The Meta Series, currently in beta test, is expected to be available in Q1 1993 starting at $500,000 for an entry-level system, which includes a Convex C3410 supercomputer, disc, tape, and a two-node PA- RISC-based cluster with Convex cluster software.
 Convex Computer Corporation, a leading supplier of air-cooled supercomputers worldwide, markets its products primarily to scientific, engineering, and technical users for a wide variety of applications in areas such as seismic processing, reservoir simulation, computational chemistry, computer-aided engineering, image processing, aerospace simulations, and molecular biology. Convex, which is listed on the NYSE with the symbol CNX, has sold more than 1,100 systems to nearly 600 customers in 44 countries. The systems are sold and serviced through direct sales and an extensive distribution network.
 HP is the third-largest computer supplier in the United States, with computer revenue in excess of $10 billion in its 1991 fiscal year. HP has been delivering PA-RISC-based computers since 1986 with high reliability, data integrity, data availability, and system availability. PA-RISC is being advanced by the Precision Risc Organization (PRO), an association of industry-leading companies that is broadening the use of PA-RISC technology and delivering its benefits to more customers worldwide. Convex became a member of PRO in March 1992.
 Hewlett-Packard Company is an international manufacturer of measurement and computation products and systems recognized for excellence in quality and support. The company's products and services are used in industry, business, engineering, science, medicine, and education in approximately 100 countries. HP has 90,900 employees and had revenue of $14.5 billion in its 1991 fiscal year.
 NOTE: HP-UX is based on and is compatible with USL's UNIX operating system. It also complies with X/Open's XPG3, POSIX 1003.1, FIPS 151-1 and SVID2 interface specifications.
 UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories Inc., in the U.S.A. and other countries.
 PA-RISC is HP's reduced-instruction-set computing technology.
 SPEC stands for System Performance Evaluation Cooperative, an industry-standard benchmarking group. SPECmark is that group's standard.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Barbagalio of HP, 508-436-5049, or Donna Burke of Convex, 214-497-4230/
 (CNX HWP) CO: Convex Computer Corporation; Hewlett-Packard Company ST: Texas, California IN: CPR SU: JVN


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