Compaq has unveiled details of future Alpha chips that will power systems running its Tru64 Unix and OpenVMS operating systems in a single box.
The Wildfire version of Alpha will incorporate hard partitioning techniques to enable systems to run multiple instances of multiple operating systems. It will initially run Tru64 Unix and OpenVMS.
Systems based on Wildfire are expected to begin shipping early next year. The first such offering will be the one to eight way Alphaserver GS80, which will come with up to 32Gbytes of memory and up to 56 PCI slots.
But machines running the firm's 800MHz EV67 processor are also expected to appear by early 2000, while 1 GHz EV68 based machines will start shipping later that year. These will be followed by Compaq's fourth generation Alpha, the EV7, by the second half of 2001, and the EV8 at a later date.
Jesse Lipcon, Compaq's vice president of Alpha technology claimed at this week's Decus US user conference that the EV7 would ship with a 68 CPU core, which would double performance on real workloads. It will also be able to run 64 way and 250 way systems.
The EV8, however, will include a new CPU core that will double the performance of single stream and real world applications compared with the EV7. It is also expected to provide 16 times the performance of the EV67.
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