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EETimes: IBM mainframe-class server line, based on Freeway MPU, supports Linux

Oct 05, 2000, 21:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Margaret Quan)

"IBM Corp. this week formally launched a new mainframe-class 64-bit processor, dubbed the Freeway, and will reveal details of the device at next week's Microprocessor Forum in San Jose, Calif. The Freeway processor forms the heart of the company's new highly redundant zSeries 900 e-servers, which one analyst described as "enormously scalable and enormously expensive."

"A new 64-bit operating system, z/OS, takes advantage of the module's 64-bit real addressing capability and relieves memory constraints in applications. Later versions of the z/OS will take advantage of its 64-bit virtual addressing capability. The zSeries 900 also supports Linux, which utilizes both 64-bit real and virtual addressing functions."

"Prices for the zSeries 900 servers begin at $500 per Linux image, or $1.2 million for 2,500 instances of Linux."

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