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InfoWorld: IBM unveils 64-way NUMA server; promises Linux support

May 24, 2000, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Scannell, Dan Neel)

"Attacking the Intel-based server market from both above and below, IBM on Wednesday unwrapped two servers -- a 64-way NUMA-Q server and an entry-level Netfinity system -- aimed at smaller companies looking to host budding e-businesses."

"Company officials also announced their intent to deliver a version of Linux optimized for NUMA servers. They hope to deliver a beta version by the end of this year, with the finished version sometime next year. "We are devoting engineering resources now to exploring what types of technologies we need and how quickly we can drive up the reliability and scalability that corporate data centers would require of Linux," Frye said."

"As part of that effort, company officials said they would try to adapt many of the technologies that make up the X Architecture, typically associated with high-end servers such as its mainframes and RS/6000 servers, to Linux. "One way to look at it would be as our attempt to do X Architecture for Linux," said Jay Bretzman, IBM's manager for Netfinity strategy. "We want to take the expertise from IBM servers and port Linux applications so they can mature at a faster rate than they would otherwise."

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