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CNET News.com: IBM boosts speeds of Intel server

May 25, 2000, 15:43 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The new NUMA-Q E410 can accommodate as many as 64 Pentium III Xeon chips, the same number as previous designs. The new model benefits not only from Intel's latest 700-MHz models with built-in high-speed cache memory but also from improved supporting chips that enable information to be transferred faster within the computer, said Steve Fry, manager of NUMA-Q marketing at IBM."

"Though the design comes from outside IBM, Big Blue is working to make NUMA-Q its own. One part of that effort is to ensure Linux software will run on it. However, IBM hasn't yet decided whether it will tweak Linux itself to get it to run on the NUMA systems or will instead create different software that allows NUMA's current Dynix/PTX version of Unix to run Linux programs."

"The latter approach would be the fastest way to ensure Linux software will run on the NUMA-Q machines, a key part of IBM's plan to have all its four server lines able to run Linux software. Getting an operating system to run on a NUMA system is no mean feat. SGI is working on that very project with its own version of Linux."

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