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|Linux to Dominate High
Performance Computing in Less than Three Years
BOSTON, MA November 14, 2001 - In an InSight released today, Aberdeen Group, a leading market analysis and positioning services firm, states that Linux will dominate most segments of high performance computing (HPC) by 2004. This research is a result of Aberdeen's Linux and Open Source Software practice, which covers emerging and established Linux hardware and software suppliers.
"There is growing interest in Linux clusters for hosting HPC applications because of the relatively large price/performance advantages that clustered Linux systems have over proprietary systems," says Bill Claybrook, Research Director at Aberdeen Group. "With the same amount of money that users are willing to spend on proprietary systems, they often get several times the computing power with Linux clusters."
The InSight, entitled Is Linux Domination of the High Performance Computing Marketplace Imminent? examines and profiles the primary competitors in the HPC marketplace. Currently, Compaq leads the HPC market share race, but IBM dominates the Top500 list with 200 systems, followed by Sun with 81 systems. ...Aberdeen Group profile
|GNP Computers Announces
High-Availability VoIP Application on Sun Microsystems Servers|
MONROVIA, Calif. - November 13, 2001 - GNP Computers today unveiled an application-ready high availability (HA) telecommunications platform for voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) applications. This new platform integrates a Sun Microsystems NEBS Level 3 telecom server - the Netra ct based on the Solaris 8 Operating Environment - with GNP's Continuant Cluster Suite middleware, which is capable of delivering 99.999 percent uptime in telecommunications switching applications, providing load sharing, fault detection and recovery, and managing multiprocessor systems.
This cPCI carrier-grade network server is based on Sun's commercially available high-density rackable Netra ct servers, designed for telecommunications development. This platform is comprised of a Netra ct 800 and two Netra ct 400 servers running the Solaris 8 Operating Environment for high I/O density in a flexible, scalable and serviceable delivery platform that is crucial to Network Equipment Providers.
Arlen Vanderwel, chief technology officer of Sun Microsystems, Network Equipment Provider division, says of Sun's position: "By working with GNP, we are showing our customers that, jointly, we can implement powerful servers that meet their expectations for 5-9s reliability. "This is a real plus for expanding the telecommunications infrastructure in these tough economic times. Our Netra ct server configuration with GNP's Continuant Cluster Suite middleware provides availability levels required for telecommunications applications."
The Sun-based server platform provides a baseline application configuration complementary to Sun Netra cPCI boards. It implements a complete VoIP Media Gateway Controller operating under the direction of Continuant Cluster Suite. Each of the four active control nodes within the system has a Netra CP1500 CompactPCI board and runs the Solaris 8 Operating Environment. The scalable server achieves rapid switchover among all four nodes using Continuant Cluster Suite preventing any break in service in the event of a node hardware failure. ...GNP Computers profile
See also:- High Availability SPARC systems
|Peritek Launches Extended
Life-Cycle, Advanced Graphics CompactPCI® Board Family|
OAKLAND, Calif. - November 13, 2001 - Peritek Corporation has introduced a new family of high-resolution cPCI graphics controllers. Comprised of three boards, the ACE (for Aurora, Corona, and Eclipse) family of 3U cPCI graphics boards frees embedded system designers from the short product life-cycles of controllers based on PC-related graphics chipsets.
In an industry first, the ACE boards represent a "universal" graphics solution for system designers, offering three different operating system "flavors" to support the widest range of system environments. ACE comprises the Aurora3, the Corona3 and the Eclipse3. Aurora3 supports the most popular real-time operating systems, including VxWorks®, and LynxOS®. Corona3 supports Windows®NT ,Windows®2000 and Windows®XP environments. Eclipse3 supports Solaris®, Unix and Linux operating systems. All configurations are available with either a 3U or 6U faceplate.
| These boards support screen
resolutions up to 1920 x 1200, and feature the 128-bit Borealis3 graphics
accelerator, manufactured for Peritek by LSI Logic. Because Peritek supplies the
graphics processor, it is able, unlike other graphics boards vendors, to provide
the extended product life cycles demanded by embedded applications.
ACE Common Features: The ACE boards support screen resolutions ranging from VGA to UXGA for both Windows and real-time operating system applications, and provide Sun Microsystems' Creator Graphics-compatible resolutions for Solaris, Unix and Linux applications. All three graphics board configurations are powered by Peritek's Borealis3 graphics accelerator, and support 8, 16, or 32-bits per pixel with 16.7 million colors. Additional features include a 250 MHz dot clock, horizontal scan rates from 31.5 to 115 KHz and a hardware bit-mapped cursor. On-board I/O includes a front panel video connector for VGA-compatible monitors or 3-wire Sync-on-Green analog monitors. On-board video display memory can be configured as 16MB or 32MB of SGRAM.
Pricing is the same for each board "flavor" and starts at $656.00 in 100 piece quantities with 16MB of SGRAM. Availability is off-the-shelf. ...Peritek profile
|AVAKI and Sun Accelerate Enterprise Adoption of Global Grid Infrastructure|
|DENVER, SUPERCOMPUTING -
November 13, 2001 - Today, Sun Microsystems Inc., and Avaki Corporation,
announced a joint effort to further the advancement of their grid technologies
to accelerate the adoption of grid computing in enterprises worldwide. The
parties will focus on extending the existing interfaces between Sun's
distributed resource management software, Grid Engine 5.2.3, and AVAKI 2.0, to
allow enterprise customers deploying cluster grids to enjoy the full benefits of
the grid computing model. As users are able to increase productivity through
more efficient job handling and CPU utilization, they also gain secure,
virtualized access to data and compute resources in wide-area, multi-platform
environments, as a result of tried and tested best-of-breed Sun and AVAKI
This latest development is an important milestone according to Wolfgang Gentzsch, director, Grid Computing, Sun Microsystems, Inc., "Our efforts with AVAKI are a prime example our commitment to making the global grid a reality. While other vendors are just talking about it AVAKI and Sun, are solving the problem of resource sharing, access and security across global enterprise departments, customers and partners." ...Avaki profile
All-Encompassing High Availability Architecture Platform Initiative|
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Nov. 12, 2001 - Force Computers today announced the Force High Availability Architecture (HA2) platform initiative, the new basis for its future High Availability (HA) systems. To answer the need for making data communications and telecommunications "five nines" or "six nines" available-online 99.999 percent or 99.9999 percent of the time-Force's HA2 defines an all-encompassing, open standards-based hardware and middleware HA architecture. Then the resulting highly available systems can protect application developments against technology evolution, ensuring seamless platform migration at optimum price/performance points.
"With HA leadership dating back to 1998, Force has experience with its own Solaris-based Centellis CO 88000 products as well as OEM projects involving Windows NT® clusters," said Jens Wiegand, Force Systems Business Unit corporate director of system marketing and technologies. "Leveraging this real-world expertise, Force now provides a whole new concept for High Availability that we've dubbed HA2."
Platform independence leaves room for growth In defining the HA2 architecture and interfaces (e.g. APIs), Force leaves room for implementation flexibility. This allows developers to scale performance, function and even availability of their applications. OEM requirements for HA can then map to HA features for a very cost-effective implementation, giving customers the best possible price/requirement point-all enabled by HA2.
To establish room for application flexibility and growth, Force has defined the HA2 architecture to be platform independent, independent of bus, processor and operating system. Force's first HA2 products support the CompactPCI®, PICMG 2.16 and PCI bus open standards based on redundant Pentium® III processor/Linux(tm) OS-powered single board computers. And a spectrum of related Force HA systems will offer competitive platforms for multiple markets. ...Force Computers profile
|Tadpole Enters SPARC-Based
Appliance Market Leveraging Stonesoft's Secure Application Initiative|
Carlsbad (CA), Cambridge (UK), Atlanta and Helsinki, November 12, 2001 - Tadpole has allied with Stonesoft and becomes one of the founding members of the software firm's new Secure Application Partner Program. The alliance facilitates Tadpole's entry into the $16 billion appliance market and enables it to offer mid-sized enterprises best-of-breed plug and play UltraSPARC-based systems pre-loaded with Stonesoft's advanced ServerCluster software to ensure high-availability applications and databases.
Tadpole's new appliances will slash the time it takes a customer to evaluate and install a new system, and gives the added benefits of making customers more productive in a shorter timeframe, saving them money, and dramatically reducing operational risks. The alliance generates mutual benefits to Tadpole and Stonesoft allowing each to accelerate their growth strategies from the fast growing appliance market.
The initiative calls for leading IT vendors with enabling, complementing, or reinforcing technologies to integrate into Stonesoft's pre-tested and certified interoperability solutions yielding reduced deployment cycle and higher confidence in enterprise security or application availability.
Tadpole's new line of Stonesoft-certified appliances are designed as building blocks to meet customers' specific network requirements and provide key business advantages of plug-in deployment, early return on investment, and reduced total cost of ownership. The Solaris-based appliances, clustered with Stonesoft's ServerCluster, allows applications and databases to migrate automatically from one appliance to another in the event of software crash or system failure thus keeping applications and data available on a 24 x 7 basis. They also allow system administrators to easily switch-over appliances for maintenance purposes, or to scale out the cluster by bringing new appliances into the cluster on-line. ...Stonesoft profile, ...Tadpole-Cycle profile
|SMC Networks||SMC Networks Enters Layer 3
Switch Market with Introduction of Chassis-Based and 24-Port Managed Standalone
IRVINE, Calif. - Nov. 12, 2001 SMC Networks, a leading solutions provider of networking products engineered to increase the performance and productivity of small-to-medium enterprises, today announced the launch of four high-performance networking solutions.
|The Sun Oracle Applications
Technology Center: Open for Business|
Nov. 9, 2001 - Sun Microsystems and Oracle today announced help for users who are looking to optimize Oracle Applications on the Sun platform. Visit the Sun Oracle Applications Technology Center (SOATC), a service center dedicated to Oracle and Sun prospects and customers. Located in Menlo Park, Calif., the SOATC provides access to engineers, configuration and sizing data, and proof-of concept workshops for Oracle Applications and Sun technology. Continuing Sun and Oracle's joint commitment to maximizing customer's deployment of Oracle9i and Oracle E-Business Suite on Sun technology, the center will also showcase the new, pre-tested, pre-installed and optimized Oracle E-Business Suite Certified Configuration, powered by Sun systems. ...Oracle profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile
|Force Stresses Breadth of
Embedded Portfolio in Worldwide Integrated Communications Campaign|
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Nov. 8, 2001 - Force Computers today announced its new "One Company, 4 Solutions" integrated communications campaign running worldwide in current issues of leading embedded computing trade publications, on the Internet and through requested interactive marketing. In a rotation of four strategically placed messages, the company emphasizes how its broad selection of board- and system-level computing platforms provides a comprehensive outsource solution for OEMs. From High Availability architectures to off-the-shelf systems to single board computers (SBCs) to customized design and development, no other embedded computing provider matches Force's OEM-friendly solution portfolio.
You can find out more about this new campaign by clicking on the image below. ...Force Computers profile
MarketingViews hat on now) it's
actually very difficult to get customers to hold more than one product picture
in mind for the same company, and classical marketing theory suggests that if
you want to be a leader in more than one product segment it's easier to set up a
new brand or company, rather than try to stretch one brand across multiple
markets. Famous examples of companies which didn't succeed doing this include
The most famous example of a company which did succeed in attaching a world leading brand to a variety of different markets was Richard Branson's Virgin. The Virgin brands include an airline, financial services, music distribution and soft drinks. So it can be done, but it's difficult, even when the product segments are linked by common core technologies, as in the case of the Force Computers campaign.
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