Hewlett-Packard will adapt its 16-processor server, currently sold to the scientific market, for commercial users next month. It will target the new version of the server, codenamed Lancelot, against conventional mainframes. Like the scientific server, called Exemplar, the new machine will be based on supercomputer technology from HP's Convex subsidiary and will run on the new PA-8200 Risc processor.
The main difference from Exemplar will be that Lancelot will not use its layered software approach, which is suitable for compute- and floating point-intensive applications but not for databases and transaction processing, said the company.
HP also plans to use Fibre Channel switches to cluster up to 16 of its enterprise servers together, including Lancelot.
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