Although Intel hasn't publicly admitted to this yet, there is speculation that the problem will also affect four-way servers using the Profusion chipset
Marking the availability of its delayed Profusion chipset
, Intel Corp will launch new Xeon processors today (Monday) in the 1Mb and 2Mb 550MHz versions intended for four and eight-way servers.
Compaq Computer Corp, being first out the door with eight-way servers using Intel's Profusion chipset
, is keen on burying the competition in performance specs on its new ProLiant 8000 and 8500 series servers before they even get their machines out the door.
Compaq, still the biggest seller of SCO OpenServer and UnixWare, with over $1bn of annual business, has talked a little about its so-called Thunder and Lightning boxes over the past few months as it waited for Intel's Profusion chipset
to become available.
Eight way Pentium Xeon systems using the Profusion chipset
, now a quarter and a half late, will ship in volume during the third quarter.
The San Jose, California-based firm, formerly known as Poseidon Technology, is claiming a technology lead over Intel's Corp's Corollary Profusion chipset
, with its simultaneous switched matrix design.
While Fujitsu, like the majority of the market, is going with Intel's proprietary ProFusion chipset
for upgrading four-way machines to eight-way capability, Siemens opted for its own solution to the problem of connecting SHV quad boards which it calls third level caching (CI No 3,694).
While most of the excitement surrounding the Profusion chipset
and its related server lines seems to be concentrated on what these machines will do to prop up the credibility of Windows NT in the enterprise (aside from running network file and print serving, which is NT's current mainstay), the new eight-way boxes will also go a long way to making midrange Unix solutions more affordable.
Siemens Computer Systems (SCS) yesterday took the wraps off a new line of its shiny new eight-way Primergy servers, which run Intel Pentium III Xeons but use the German company's own interconnect solution, not Intel's ProFusion chipset
. The new line ranges from an entry-level product to a high-end box designed to be coupled to a separate storage subsystem, developed specifically for the purpose.