HP unleashes high-end NonStop server

Hewlett-Packard has claimed that its NonStop S86000 offers as much as a 170% performance boost over previous NonStop S-series...

Hewlett-Packard has claimed that its NonStop S86000 offers as much as a 170% performance boost over previous NonStop S-series servers.

The S86000 features the MIPS R14000 microprocessor, 8Mbytes of cache, the option of 1Gbyte, 2Gbytes, 4Gbytes or 16Gbytes of memory per processor and a high-speed hard disc drive.

HP said the system offers twice the cache and up to four times the maximum memory in existing NonStop S-series servers. A user can aggregate as many as 4,000 processors in a single system configuration, similar to a cluster, HP said.

"This is now the highest performance NonStop server," said Pauline Nist, vice-president and general manager of HP's NonStop Enterprise Division.

Upgrading the processors in an existing system will result in as much as a 90% performance boost, according to Nist.

However, users who buy a new system, with faster hardware and improved software, can get up to 170% better performance, she said. HP's NonStop server group has its own "order entry benchmark" for measuring the server speed.

The R14000 processor was manufactured by NEC, HP said. The previous NonStop flagship product uses the R12000 MIPS processor, from the same manufacturer.

Traditionally, NonStop server customers are bought by financial and telecommunications companies, HP said. HP acquired the NonStop server business through its Compaq acquisition.

The NonStop software suite, which includes a Java Virtual Machine, a J2EE enterprise application server and a NonStop SQL database, was also enhanced. The database, for example, now offers publish and subscribe functionality, which allows users to monitor their data and automatically update the database, HP said.

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