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IBM ADDS A TWO-PROCESSOR “PARALLEL” SP2 SYSTEM

IBM Corp’s UniForum offerings included three new PowerPC symmetric multiprocessor servers and the desktop Unix personal computer. The company also unveiled an entry-level, two-node Powerparallel Systems SP2 at $145,000, more than 60% cheaper than previous entry models. The new RS/6000s are the Model G30, J30 and R30 PowerPC servers with prices for entry-level two-processor models starting at $40,900 for the G30, $70,500 for the J30 and $83,900 for the R30. The systems will be out on a limited basis this quarter with volume in first quarter 1995. The RS/6000 Model 40P workstation uses the PowerPC 601 and will be upgradable to 604 next year; it is $4,000 and is out this month. In addition to the introduction of new two-node SP2 systems, users can now buy up to 512-node SP2 models by special order. New disk drives double the data transfer rate and up to 18Gb can be attached to each node. The SP2 now supports tape libraries, CD-ROM, storage subsystems and optical devices at very high speeds. A new low-cost High Performance Switch for the entry-level systems improves communication among nodes. The company plans to launch the PowerPC-based AS/400 Advanced 36 models today, with packaged bundles at $12,000, $15,000 and $30,000 with software.

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