IBM is set to adapt the superswitch used in its RS/6000 SPII parallel machine for products in other divisions of the company, a senior executive said yesterday.
Dan Frye, head of the parallel systems group at IBM in the US, would not give any indication of future directions for the SP platform but said his company was working on clustering technology across the range of Big Blue tin.
The parallel business at IBM was working with the networking division to produce faster hubs and switches and the storage division was also using its fast switch technology.
He said: ?We are not going back to the idea of a microkernel but you can cluster AS/400s and RS machines together.? That did not form part of his group?s plans, he said, because it was cheaper to use the same operating system than chain them together.
Nor will IBM get rid of the AS/400 range in a hurry, despite increasing convergence between a different range of machines with different operating systems, he said.
?There is no such thing in the universe as a scalable operating system,? he claimed. That meant that Sun?s idea of introducing object components depended on a microkernel solution that would cost it a lot of dollars to implement.
Nor was IBM particularly interested in implementing 64-bit operating systems until it sees higher demand.
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