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February 24, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Masscomp, Massachusetts Computer of Westford, has souped up its scientific supermicro line with three new models, increased the number of CPUs in its top-end box to six, and says its Fortran compiler will now globally optimise. The new MC5350, MC5450, and MC5550 each offers 20% to 30% better performance than its predecessor at the same price; the 5350 has 16.7MHz 68020 and 68881 at 2.5 MIPS; the MC5450 uses a 20MHz 68020 and 68881 and is rated at 3 MIPs, as is the MC5550. Existing machines can be field-upgraded to the new performance. The MC5700 multiprocessor now takes up to six 68020 CPUs, up from four for a 50% performance gain. The Global Optimisations for release 1.2 of the Fortran compiler improve performance an average 20% to 25% in floating point work. Masscomp also unbundled its X25 communications software, enabling users to take advantage of HASP, SNA 3270, and SNA 3770 from Morning Star Technologies.

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