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CNET News.com: IBM aims to boost Unix server line against Sun

Aug 11, 2000, 20:20 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"IBM's acquisition of Sequent Computer Systems will bear fruit a year from now with the arrival of a new Unix server code-named Regatta that will incorporate as many as 32 CPUs. ... The new design, a highly complex confluence of several hardware and software developments, illustrates both the difficulty of designing high-end systems and the lengths to which computing companies are going to satisfy demand for them."

"Regatta will combine several new technology advances, said David Turek, vice president of deep computing and Web servers at IBM. First will be the Power4 chip, which, as reported, joins two CPUs in a single processor package. ...Second will be a high-speed switch used to connect these eight-CPU modules... Third will be nonuniform memory architecture (NUMA) technology from Sequent."

"IBM--a company so large it's difficult to count how many operating systems it supports--also is an avid fan of Linux, a relatively young clone of Unix. IBM believes Linux will become the standard foundation of most programming efforts. SAP, for example, has settled on Linux as the basic operating system for developing its high-end accounting, sales and manufacturing control software, Turek said."

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