Compaq rolls out RISC-based servers

Refreshing its commitment to the company’s RISC-based AlphaServer product line, Compaq Computer Corp. recently introduced three new AlphaServer offerings.

The Houston-based computer maker unveiled its AlphaServer ES45, a midrange Unix server designed for tasks such as data mining, manufacturing, and automotive product development and design, and healthcare applications, according to Jackie Kahle, vice president of marketing for Compaq’s high-performance system division. The ES45 is a four-way Unix server capable of running Compaq’s Tru64 and OpenVMS operating systems, as well as Linux, Kahle said.

NCD solutions save energy: study

Network Computing Devices, Inc., a leading supplier of thin client information access and management products, have announced that a new, real world, study reveals that NCD thin client devices offer significant cost savings as a result of energy conservation.

The study, Power to the People: Comparing PowerUsage for PCs and Thin Clients in an Office Network Environment, was conducted by Stephen Greenberg, Christa Anderson and Jennifer Mitchell-Jackson, on behalf of Thin Client Computing, an independent leading provider of thin client products and professional services offering system design, multi-platform integration and consulting services. The study investigated two primary questions: How much less power do thin clients use than personal computers? And, what are the actual cost savings gained by using thin client devices?

Intel demonstrates breakthrough processor design

Intel Corp. has announced and demonstrated Hyper-Threading technology, a new processor design breakthrough, improving system performance by 30 per cent.

Intel’s simultaneous multithreading design, originally code-named Jackson Technology, allows a single processor to manage data as if it were two processors by handling data instructions in parallel rather than one at a time. Using Hyper-Threading technology, data instructions are “threaded” as parallel streams for processing. Designed to improve system performance and efficiency, Hyper-Threading technology is expected to be introduced in Intel Xeon processors for servers in 2002 and incorporated into a variety of Intel products over the next few years.