April 8, 2008 - IBM announced two Power Systems models of the UNIX server, a unique water-cooled supercomputer.

 

The new UNIX enterprise server, the Power 595, will be attractive to existing IBM clients as well as Sun Solaris and HP UNIX users. The new 64-core, 128-thread Power 595 now ranks as the world's fastest UNIX system, according to IBM. Using the latest 5.0 GHz POWER6 processor chips with dual memory controllers, and leveraging a new, sophisticated symmetric multi-processor (SMP) point-to-point interconnect to communicate between its cores, the Power 595 bested the results of all competitors for running large two-tier environments running the SAP® ERP application.

 

IBM's new POWER6 "hydro-cluster" supercomputer, the Power 575, is built to help users tackle some of the world's most challenging problems in fields such as energy, aerospace and weather modeling. The new super-dense system, representing a breakthrough in green IT, uses a unique, in-rack, water-cooling system and with 448 processor cores per rack offers users nearly five times the performance and more than three times the energy efficiency of its predecessor, IBM's POWER5+ processor-based p575 supercomputer.

 

Customers will be able to leverage the POWER6 in the new systems.


The two new computers are part of a comprehensive launch of a new generation of IBM Power Systems that began last week. The launch also includes an update to an aggressive UNIX migration program, a Power 570 refresh and Power Systems software updates.

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