Compaq unveils new products on AlphaServer line

Compaq Computer Corp. on Tuesday unveiled new products in its AlphaServer range including the AlphaServer ES45, a mid-range UNIX server that uses a 1 GHz, 64-bit chip, and its AlphaServer SC45 supercomputer.

Aimed at the commercial market, the AlphaServer ES45 has already begun shipping with a starting price tag of US$58,000 and is available with the Tru64 UNIX with TruCluster Servers, OpenVMS or Linux operating systems, Compaq said in a statement. The mid-range AlphaServer ES45 system includes up to four of Compaq's high speed Alpha processors, the company said.

In July, Compaq began shipping its first high-end AlphaServer GS Series servers based on its 1-GHz, 64-bit processor: the eight-processor GS80 (starting at $95,000), the 16-way GS160 (starting at $255,000) and the GS320 (priced under $565,000), which can support up to 32 processors. The servers are intended to compete against similar offerings such as IBM Corp.'s p-Series servers, the Sun Blade 1000 line from Sun Microsystems Inc. and the HP 9000 model L3000 from the company that Compaq is currently attempting to merge with, Hewlett-Packard Co.

Along with the high speed mid-range AlphaServer, Compaq also launched its AlphaServer SC45 supercomputer, which is available with the Tru64 UNIX operating system.

The supercomputer has a base system of 16 Alpha processors and 16 GB of memory, and is ready to ship with a starting price of $899,000, Compaq said.

In April, Compaq announced that it been contracted to build the supercomputer, with more than 450 AlphaServer SC processors, for the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC), based in Canberra at the Australian National University (ANU). Compaq is also building supercomputers for the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the French Atomic Energy Commission, the company said on Tuesday. Compaq claims that the AlphaServer SC45 supercomputer it built for APAC is the largest university supercomputer in Australia, while the French Atomic Energy Commission's supercomputer is now the largest in Europe.

Additionally, Compaq announced that beginning in November, its Tru64 UNIX-based AlphaServer ES45 will have optional pre-installed certified configurations for Oracle Corp.'s 9i software.

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