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Network Technologies Get the Facts on How to Select a KVM Solution with Network Technologies Inc's KVM Tech Guide

AURORA, OH - August 7, 2002 - Network Technologies Inc (NTI), the worldwide leader in networking solutions to multiple platforms, announces the release of a KVM Technical Guide. The free publication is an unbiased look at KVM technology and the different solutions available to IT professionals and the home user. The guide poses several questions that should be asked when evaluating a KVM solution and explores these questions in detail.
  • Is it Efficient?
  • Is it Flexible?
  • Is it Secure?
  • Is it Cost-Effective?
NTI's Jim Kondrat states, "The purpose of this publication is to educate people who are not familiar with KVM technology and introduce them to the fundamental concepts of how a KVM switch works. It is a straightforward look at the utility a KVM switch provides for people who are working on multiple servers or workstations. The guide highlights how clutter and redundant peripherals can be eliminated to save space and money, while making a network more secure."

Printed copies of the KVM Technical Guide are available. Please contact for a PDF copy or go online to and download the PDF directly from the NTI website. ...Network Technologies profile
Get the Facts on How to Select a KVM Solution with Network Technologies Inc's KVM Tech Guide

Sun Fire Servers Get 1.05 GHz UltraSPARC III Cu Processors

Peritek Ships Dual Channel, Super High Resolution PMC Graphics Board

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Waiting for Fujitsu?

In the Wintel world whenever Intel is a bit slow in bringing out a new faster processor, manufacturers of PCs and servers don't worry, because they know that arch rival AMD is waiting in the wings and will soon come up with such a solution. That competitive pressure keeps the performance curve leaning into the wind. The same used to be true in the world of SPARC processors, back in the early 90's when the data bus was still operating at 32 bits.

A company called Weitek produced a clock doubling SPARC processor which was a user installable upgrade for single processor workstations like the SPARCstation 2. At about the same time another company, Ross Technology brought out its hyperSPARC chips for multi-processor systems like the SPARCstation 10 and 20. The hyperSPARCs were typically 30% to 40% faster than Sun's own SuperSPARC chips at that time. Both products achieved significant market share (upto about 20% of compatible systems). Both products attacked Sun at its core, and this was good for users because they got faster products quicker and cheaper. The change to 64 bits gave Sun an advantage over wouldbe chip rivals, because Sun controlled the operating system. Fujitsu owned HAL Computer launched the first 64 bit SPARC workstation in 1995, but within weeks Sun did the same, and little more was heard of HAL until the company was closed down some years later.

Sun's recent acquisition of Afara Websystems deals a death blow to the prospect of a rank outsider coming in with acceleration options anytime soon for owners of legacy Sun servers. Fujitsu still makes its own SPARC chips, but 1995 was the last time that a Fujitsu designed SPARC chip ran faster than one from Sun, so it's unlikely that the Sun marketers in Mountain View are trembling in anticipation of what comes next. (Unlike Intel when it comes to new product announcements by AMD.) The Sun marketers already know that the next fastest SPARC chip will be one designed by Sun. And when they're good and ready, they'll let you buy it.

In the meantime if you'd really like that 30% speed up now, without having to change a single line of SPARC applications software, take a look at Solid state disks. There's always a solution if you look hard enough.

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Sun Microsystems Sun Fire Servers Get 1.05 GHz UltraSPARC III Cu Processors

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - August 6, 2002 - Sun Microsystems today launches faster, high performance Sun Fire 3800, 4800, 6800, 12K and 15K servers that integrate the 1.05 GHz UltraSPARC® III Cu processor.

The 1.05 GHz ULTRASPARC III Cu-based Sun Fire servers not only drive more power to the datacenter and technical computing customers with a 15% increase in performance, they feature interchangeable components such as Sun's Uniboard technology, which simplifies operations, enabling mixed-speed CPU support. This allows 900 MHz and 1.05 GHz UltraSPARC III Cu processors to run in the same fault-isolated Dynamic System Domain within the same server.

Sun's Uniboard CPU/Memory board, which is common throughout the entire Sun Fire Midframe and high-end server family enables customers to provision resources where they need. Hot CPU capabilities and support for mixed-speed CPUs enable customers to upgrade to the 1.05 GHz USIII Cu processors without a reboot, which increases availability, enables seamless re-allocation of compute power and eliminates planned downtime for these upgrades - a common occurrence in IT environments running data-intensive applications. ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comments:- a 15% speedup is better than none. But Sun's competitors have been offering 50% year on year speedups. That's the real benchmark.
. "Gemini/PMC is ideal for multi-display applications," said Victor Gold, President of Peritek. "With dual graphics controllers on a single PMC card system designers halve their board count and maintenance burden."
Peritek Ships Dual Channel, Super High Resolution PMC Graphics Board

OAKLAND, Calif. - August 6, 2002 - Peritek Corporation has announced the availability of a new dual channel, high-resolution PMC graphics controller that supports independent 2D, 3D, OpenGL, and DirectX-compatible displays in Solaris, Linux, Windows, VxWorks, and LynxOS environments.

The Gemini/PMC board delivers substantial 3D/OpenGL functionality and dramatically improved 2D performance. It supports screen resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 with up to 16.7 million colors (32 bpp). The board's unique asynchronous PCI bridge design supports all PMC interfaces from 32-bit, 33 MHz to 64-bit, 66 MHz, while enabling its dual Borealis graphics accelerators to always operate at 32-bit, 66 MHz.
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. Each of the Gemini/PMC's display channels is powered by a Borealis graphics accelerator. The processors are supported with 16 MB of high speed SGRAM display memory, to provide ample local storage for the graphics image and off-screen data such as texture maps, Z-buffer, and backing store.

With its 128-bit wide memory bus, the Borealis can draw up to sixteen 256-color pixels each memory cycle for a raw drawing speed of 2 GB/s. The Borealis and the host CPU can process data independently to eliminate the lockstep that often reduces system throughput.

Pricing starts at $1,866 in 100 piece quantities. Availability is off-the-shelf. ...Peritek profile

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