IBM today offered a sneak peek at a pre-release version of its forthcoming high-density Power5-based server system designed to be clustered for high performance supercomputing.
Previewed for the first time today at the SC2004 Conference in Pittsburgh, the p5-575 is a thin, blade server system designed as the successor to Big Blue's eServer p655.
The system is used for supercomputing tasks in areas such as genome research, automotive crash testing, petroleum exploration, and oceanographic, atmospheric and energy studies.
"Today we have offered the supercomputing community a glimpse into stunning new technology with Power5 systems taking on an entirely new form," said Karl Freund, vice president, IBM pSeries.
Big Blue promised "extraordinary innovations" in the p5-575, which will offer "off-the-shelf" supercomputing technology.
The forthcoming systems use multi-chip packaging technology to provide high-speed connections between eight Power5 processors.
IBM said that, combined with developments in shared memory and high-bandwidth connections between nodes, this configuration can provide the substantially enhanced levels of performance required for high performance computing.
The architecture allows up to 64 eight-processor p5-575 cluster nodes to create a single high-performance system.
The p5-575 is planned to be available during the first quarter of 2005 with 1.9GHz Power5 processors and support for AIX 5L version 5.2 and 5.3, as well as Linux operating systems.
The architecture will have a single-core implementation of Power5 processor technology, with 36MB of dedicated cache memory for each core.
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