Sequent has outlined its product roadmap for 1997, which includes the roll- out of clusters based on the Numa parallel architecture in April next year.
The company has already begun shipping a line of servers based on its NumaQ technology, but volume shipments and the official launch come in February. Sequent and Data General are the main vendors committed to the Numa design for parallel servers, and DG will unveil its implementations next month.
The basic building block of NumaQ is constructed from four Pentium Pro processor baseboards and the first servers will be units made up of 16 processors or four building blocks. By March Sequent plans to bring out 32-way machines made up of eight building blocks and in April it will make it possible to cluster together these 32-way machines.
?With the move towards a thin client, fat server environment people are looking for more and more power on the server,? said Terry Jordan, marketing services manager at Sequent. ?The mainframe downsizing market is another market for the technology. Over the past couple of years companies running mainframes have looked for open system replacements but haven?t found machines that are large enough,? he added.
George O?Connor, an analyst at IDC, believes Numa is an "exciting technology" but warned that the programming model must not be difficult in any way, if Numa is to succeed in the commercial server market.
Jordan claims that NumaQ users will be isolated from any changes in chip technology from Intel. ?Intel is unlikely to change the instruction set on its chips. We will be able to fit the Klamath chip into our architecture,? said Jordan.
Sequent hopes to ship around 100 16-way machines in the fourth quarter of this year and by the end of 1997 plans to be producing 64-processor machines.
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