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IBM OFFERS PARALLEL PROCESSOR MODEL IN RISC SYSTEM/6000 LINE

 MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 17 ~PRNewswire~ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today anno unced that it is offering for the first time a parallel processing model in its RISC System~6000 (See Note) line of advanced workstations and servers.
 The new IBM Shared Memory System POWER~4, which operates as a server, includes four 42 megahertz IBM POWER RISC processors and large memory and disk storage capabilities. A floor-standing tower model, it is designed for technical users with large or complex applications, including computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis and structural dynamics -- all of which typically have been done on supercomputers costing significantly more.
 Using a unique parallel processing architecture, the Shared Memory System POWER~4 is designed for optimal computing efficiency. A key element of the design is the reduction of memory bottlenecks by incorporating local memory for each processor in addition to shared system memory. This approach eliminates the need to continuously update the cache for each processor unless the data is actually shared. This is an important factor in reducing the bottlenecks inherent to multiprocessing systems with large numbers of processors.
 The Shared Memory System POWER~4 can achieve a theoretical peak millions of floating-point operations per second (MFLOPS) rating of 336. Peak MFLOPS is a common measurement of supercomputing performance. Several configurations are planned, with pricing dependent on the configuration selected. The system is being marketed on a per-request basis, with availability planned for Dec. 1, 1992.
 "We are pleased to offer our technical users the benefits of parallel processing technology using the RISC System~6000 POWER Architecture," said Phil Hester, Advanced Workstations and Systems Division vice president, Systems and Technology. "This new offering delivers the high performance and large I~O capability that are needed to run today's large, complex applications, and is well suited to accommodate future growth."
 "The response from early federal customers briefed on the Shared Memory System POWER~4 has been very positive," said Tony Macina, IBM Federal Systems Company (FSC) vice president and FSC Houston site general manager. "The strengths of IBM's technology expertise and service and support programs combine to make this system an attractive solution for this marketplace."
 BioNumerik Pharmaceuticals, a San Antonio, Texas, company dedicated to the discovery and development of new cancer-fighting drugs, will be an early user of the new offering. The Supercomputer Computations Research Institute at Florida State University in Tallahassee is also planning to evaluate it.
 "We are building a state-of-the-art parallel supercomputing facility and are very confident that the performance of the Shared Memory System POWER~4 will contribute significantly to our drug discovery efforts," said Fred Hausheer, M.D., co-founder and president of BioNumerik and one of the nation's leading cancer drug researchers. "It will offer true supercomputing performance at workstation prices. The system optimally combines the best features of RISC technology with shared and distributed memory architectures and appears optimal for our numerically-intensive parallel molecular simulations."
 Key features of the Shared Memory System POWER~4 include: one local memory card slot per processor, which can support 16 to 128 megabytes (MB) of memory each; seven card slots for shared memory, which if fully used allow up to 896 MB of shared memory; four fixed disk bays, allowing up to 5.2 GB of internal storage; four IBM Micro Channel (See Note A) I~O buses, which provide a peak aggregate I~O speed of 320 MB~second; and 32 Micro Channel slots, which can be used to add external storage media, or to support the wide range of communications and connectivity devices already available for the RISC System~6000 family.
 The new system runs the IBM AIX~6000 (See Note A) Version 3.2 operating


system, with kernel extensions to support parallel processing. IBM is working with several software development organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the developer of the Parallel Virtual Machine networking software, to develop applications optimized for the shared memory system.
 IBM is displaying the new system this week at Supercomputing '92, an industry trade conference being held in Minneapolis.
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