IBM Unveils Second-Generation AMD Opteron-Based Server With Support for Dual-Core Processor Specification

The IBM e326 Targets the Fast Growing Two-Way x86 Server Segment

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ARMONK, NY - 09 Sep 2004: Today IBM further strengthened its leadership in high-performance computing with the introduction of the IBM eServer 326, the only second-generation server based on the AMD Opteron(TM) processor from a major vendor and the first two-way, rack-dense server to announce support of the AMD dual-core specification.

For the first time, the e326 incorporates IBM's touted Xtended Design Architecture, sophisticated, mainframe-inspired features, to provide added reliable performance for compute-intensive applications such as financial modeling, digital rendering, life sciences analysis, design automation, database management and other high-performance business and research tasks.

IBM expects high-performance customers to benefit from the e326's increased memory expansion, high speed I/O, and choice of hot swap SCSI or serial ATA hard drives through greater price/performance, reduced hands-on maintenance and increased density to reduce critical floor space. The e326's dual-core technology design puts IBM in the lead to help customers transition to future dual-core solutions.

With this announcement IBM is maintaining its focus and innovation on establishing leadership in the core of the x86 segment, the two-way segment, which, according to IDC, represented 67 percent of the worldwide x86 server revenue in second quarter of 2004.(1)

Today IBM is also announcing an enhancement to its AMD Opteron processor-based clustered system, the IBM eServer 1350, scheduled for general availability in the fourth quarter. IBM was the first major vendor to offer pre-tested and pre-configured AMD Opteron-based clustered solutions. The e326 and e1350 build upon the success of the two-way IBM eServer 325, introduced in August 2003, and the IBM IntelliStation A Pro workstation, introduced in March 2004, as the first systems of their class from a major OEM on the market to take advantage of x86 64-bit extensions.

"IBM was our first Tier 1 partner to bring AMD Opteron processor-based servers to market. The second-generation e326 is IBM's response to customer demand for the industry-leading processing power of the AMD Opteron processor," said Pat Patla, director of AMD Server/Workstation Marketing. "Combined with the e1350 cluster, the IBM e326 is designed for optimal performance."

Since these 32-bit to 64-bit systems access larger amounts of memory, creating added power, thermal and maintenance requirements, IBM has developed Xtended Design Architecture, a set of mainframe-inspired technologies that have already been well received in IBM's newest x86 server line announced on August 2. Examples of such technologies include high-speed I/O, system management, integrated RAID and Calibrated Vectored Cooling(TM), the holistic system design that allows the e326 to support the increasing thermal demands of dual-core, 64-bit performance.

As the first company to have offered dual-core processor servers, IBM can again leverage the industry's best technology portfolio to benefit customers with extensive experience and understanding of how to optimize for dual core 64 bit performance.

"Designing for the dual-core specification, IBM has invested to enable our customers to be more confident with their hardware investments," said Alex Yost, director of product marketing, IBM eServer. "For organizations with high-performance computing demands that want investment protection and a migration path from 32-to-64-bit applications, the eServer 326 provides an optimum platform for clustering at an affordable price."

The IBM eServer 326 will begin shipping in September with general availability on October 15, with prices starting at $2,189. The system will support a wide variety of operating systems including Red Hat RHEL 3.0, Novell SuSE SLES 9.0 and Windows 2003 Server. The systems include additional new features such as 8 DIMM slots, up to 16GB PC3200/2700 DDR1 memory, 2 PCI-X slots at 64/133/100MHz frequencies and up to two U320 HS SCSI or fixed SATA hard drives.

"The IBM eServer 325 is a great addition to our systems development and sales and has an amazing capability to handle background and real-time editing using the IBM bit-processing pipeline," Michael Collins, CTO, Linux Media Arts, an IBM value-added reseller. "We couldn't be happier with the way our technology development has grown using the new dynamic-systems architecture."