Data General has finally launched its long awaited Numa system, a parallel processing server running on Pentium chips, four months after its arch-rival Sequent.
Billed as the most significant launch for the company since it swapped Motorola processors for Intel chips, the launch of the Aviion 20000 comes four months after the other vendor designing round the Numa architecture, Sequent, shipped its products. Earlier this month, Sequent boasted it had shipped 140 of its Intel-based Numa-Q 2000 servers.
Numa -(non-uniform memory access) - extends current symmetric multiprocessing technologies by increasing scalability and allowing any processor to access any piece of memory, invisibly to the application.
The Data General Aviion AV20000 can support up to 32 200MHz Pentium Pro processors, 32Gbytes of memory, and 100Tbytes of fault tolerant Clariion Fibre Channel storage. Processors can also be clustered in 128-way configurations.
Initial shipments have begun, but volume shipments will not begin until later in the summer. The system will initially be available running the DG/UX Unix variant, but will also support SCO?s Gemini when that ships.
Data General also announced the Clariion FC5000 Series, a Fibre Channel Raid storage product set - the result of two years of development. DG believes Fibre Channel will replace SCSI storage and, for current SCSI users, it will offer an attachment upgrade for its 30-slot Series 3000 disk arrays.
The FC5000 is aimed at traditional Clariion markets, transaction processing and data warehousing, as well as multimedia storage. It is capable of sustaining 150Mbytes per second for digital video streams, or 10,000 I/Os per second for database applications.
The product is available now to DG OEMs, which include Hewlett-Packard and Silicon Graphics, with attachments to Sun, Windows NT, and IBM platforms to be available later.
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