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EE Times: HP, SGI surround Sun down on the compute farm

Jun 07, 2000, 21:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Merritt)

"Hewlett-Packard Co. and Silicon Graphics Inc. attacked Sun Microsystems' entry into heavy-duty compute farm hardware on the high and low ends, respectively, at the Design Automation Conference this week. HP rolled out a 20-system compute farm backed up with a custom-configured rack of Cisco Systems hardware aimed at the emerging market of application service providers. For its part, SGI tapped Intel's Pentium III Xeon processors to launch a smaller rack-mounted cluster of systems aimed at resource-intensive jobs like design verification."

"For its part, SGI hopes to chip away at the lower end of the compute farm market by offering systems based on the Pentium III Xeon. SGI showed at DAC its first systems equipped with Xeon, in this case running at 700 MHz. The systems are built into 4U racks, each rack including a four-way processor, with a total of nine systems in a rack. The systems are sold with Windows NT, Windows 2000, Red Hat Linux 6.2 or Linux SuSe 6.2. The Linux systems come with a pack of SGI performance optimization tools. "

"Using a combination of Intel processors and Linux, Pan said SGI would significantly undercut the prices of Sun's compute farms, though she declined to quote prices for any specific configurations."

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