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IBM ANNOUNCES NEW SUPERCOMPUTING LABORATORY TO DEVELOP SCALABLE HIGHLY PARALLEL SYSTEMS

 IBM ANNOUNCES NEW SUPERCOMPUTING LABORATORY TO DEVELOP
 SCALABLE HIGHLY PARALLEL SYSTEMS
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the creation of a new supercomputing laboratory dedicated to rapidly bringing to market a family of highly parallel supercomputers based on IBM technology.
 The Highly Parallel Supercomputing Systems Laboratory (HPSSL), located in Kingston, N.Y., will design, develop and deliver a series of parallel supercomputing systems, using IBM's industry-leading RISC System/6000(A) technology.
 "We are proud of the success record that IBM's pioneer RISC technology has established," said Jack D. Kuehler, president, IBM. "Success breeds success and we look forward to expanding this technology into new systems capable of meeting our customers' ever-increasing appetite for more and more computational power."
 The HPSSL effort combines IBM's resources and expertise from several of its business units, including the Enterprise Systems line of business, the Advanced Workstations Division, the IBM Research Division and the Federal Sector Division. This project will use multiple RISC processors, running AIX(A), IBM's implementation of the UNIX(B) operating system, to create a scalable parallel machine capable of performance in the range of hundreds of gigaflops(C).
 The architecture and design are intended to achieve teraflops(D) performance.
 The resulting products are intended for scientists, engineers, researchers and analysts who require greater processing power to solve ever-increasing complex problems such as those found in financial modeling, long-range weather forecasting, numerical analysis, geophysical modeling, pharmaceutical design and advanced aircraft or automotive design. This announcement reflects IBM awareness of the user community's growing need for massive parallel computing, as already evidenced by a publicly announced agreement with Thinking Machines Corporation, a well-known leader in massive parallelism.
 "Our key customers have told us that they need "scalable" systems that enable them to build up performance on an incremental basis -- as their individual needs allow," said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, assistant general manager for supercomputing, Enterprise Systems line of business in IBM. "We plan to get these machines to market as quickly as possible."
 The HPSSL products are part of IBM's multi-level supercomputing strategy which includes:
 -- Continued enhancement of the IBM vector facility, an optional feature for numerically intensive applications which is available on ES/9000 and ES/3090 systems. More than 500 of these systems are installed worldwide.
 -- The development of a standalone highly parallel system, using large numbers of RISC-based processors in a single system with the option of integrating these same systems to ES/9000 processors.
 -- IBM RISC System/6000 clusters, consisting of a small number of cost-effective RISC System/6000 processors which function as an entry- level batch or parallel server.
 -- Development alliances with other companies that are intended to complement the above product offerings.
 Information regarding the delivery of the first low-end HPSSL products is expected to be announced later this year. Follow-on systems with additional numbers of processors and higher performance rates are planned to be offered on a regular basis throughout the 1990s.
 The scalable parallel systems will build upon the experience that IBM customers have gained with LAN-based RISC System/6000 clusters and will leverage the IBM Research Division's experience in the area of parallelism.
 The new systems are designed to take advantage of the more than 5,000 leading AIX applications and can be used to execute a single job or partitioned for multiple jobs and users. The systems will support the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers POSIX standard.
 In addition, IBM will continue to work closely with application vendors and customers to further develop and parallelize key scientific and technical applications. IBM also remains a partner with Supercomputer Systems, Inc. which is developing a high performance general-purpose supercomputer focused on large-scale production applications.
 (A) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of the International Business Machines Corporation.
 (B) -- Indicates a trademark of UNIX System Laboratories, Inc.
 (C) -- Billions of floating-point operations per second.
 (D) -- Trillions of floating-point operations per second.
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