IBM announces 64-way Linux server

IBM Corp. announced Wednesday the launch of a 64-processor server, the eServer x430, running its Linux Application Environment on top of its PTX operating system. The server uses the NUMA (non-uniform memory access) server architecture IBM gained in its 1999 acquisition of Sequent Computer Systems Inc. It is designed to bridge the gap between mainframes and servers using a single processor from Intel Corp., and is the first designed to work with IBM's Linux Application Environment.

The Linux Application Environment is an API (application program interface), that allows any application compiled for Linux on an Intel platform to run unmodified on the 64-processor system.

The server itself does not actually run Linux as an operating system because "if you run Linux, you would find scalability was not linear after a certain number of processors," said Erich Clementi, vice president of IBM's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Enterprise Systems Group.

The company has opened a new support center in Beaverton, Oregon, to help independent developers test their software on the platform.

At the same time, IBM announced an integrated Linux development suite for its PowerNP network processor. The software kit will enable ISPs (Internet service providers) and equipment manufacturers to optimize network performance by developing applications for routers and other network equipment. The development time for such devices could be reduced by as much as several months through using the development tools, the company claimed.

IBM, in Armonk, New York, can be reached at +1-914-765-1900 or at http://www.ibm.com/.

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