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internetnews.com: IBM to Hatch T-Rex

May 13, 2003, 16:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clint Boulton)

"IBM will launch its first new mainframe in nearly two years, a 32-bit machine targeted at a select group of new and existing high-end customers.

"The highly-anticipated zSeries z990 server, known to the computing world as T-Rex, will be unveiled at a launch event in San Francisco Tuesday, according to Illuminata Senior Analyst Gordon Haff. However, IBM spokespersons have refused to comment, leaving the details to be filled in by myriad analysts who realize the cat has long ago been let out of the bag.

"As previously reported, one oft-repeated kernel of note is that the z990 features much more power than the previous 16-bit z900 mainframe. It is expected to scale to 450 million instructions each second, or a third more than the z900. In addition to Linux, The z990 also will run Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), version 1.3 and support the Web services standards included in J2EE 1.4, such as UDDI and SOAP. 64-bit versions will appear by 2004..."

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