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May 16, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:57pm

ICL TO DEBUT HYBRID MAINFRAME UNIX SERVERS NEXT MONTH

By CBR Staff Writer

ICL PLC’s High Performance Systems business unit is to ship its hybrid OpenVME, Unix and Windows NT Pentium Pro servers, now named Trimetras, in June (CI No 3,145). The Trimetra line will eventually use Intel Corp’s 64-bit Merced chipset, but in the meantime the Trimetra SY and LY will use a combination of OpenVME CMOS and 200MHz Pentium Pro processors. The first SY systems are expected to scale up to four OpenVME nodes and four, four-way Pentium Pros, with between 4 and 9Gb of internal disk. The LY systems will be smaller single processor variants. Both the SY and LY will ship with OpenVME or UnixWare 2.1 operating systems. Support for Windows NT 5.0 and SCO’s Gemini 64-bit Unix will be added first half of 1998. The Trimetra DY, meanwhile, will see OpenVME running in an Intel-only enviornment for the first time. That port is expected to be finished towards the end of the year, with a beta, and a release date is scheduled for 1998. All Trimetra lines are on sale in Europe only. ICL is also planning the introduction of an Award line, built jointly with its parent Fujitsu Ltd. The various lines, including its current Goldrush database server technologies, will eventually be merged under the auspices of its planned Millennium server project.

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