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6 October 1997 ....products based on RS/6000 Technology used in everything
from Astronomy Research to Automotive Design...

IBM has today announced a range of RS/6000 technical
computing workstations and servers, designed to increase
productivity in scientific research, engineering and design
fields. The new mission-critical technical computing tools
will allow users to more efficiently run complex
applications in a range of graphical environments.

IBM's technical computing tools are used by leading
universities and corporations to undertake more
cost-effective research, product design and development. The
largest telescope in the continental United States, recently
unveiled by the University of Texas, was built using RS/6000
workstations and CATIA design software. As a result,
production costs were limited to one-sixth of the price of
similar telescopes.

Today s new products include:

- Model 397: the industry's leading floating point
performance workstation, based on the POWER2 Superchip
(P2SC); - P2SC 160MHZ: a higher performance thin Node for
RS/6000 SP; - Model 43P 140 processor enhancements to the
popular 43P workstation line; - POWER GXT 800M: high-end
graphics accelerator; - POWER GXT120P: enhanced 2D graphics
- New RS/6000 Operating Environment CD-ROMs

"Its exciting to know that IBM technology is expanding the
frontiers of outer space, as well as those on earth, helping
our customers find cures for diseases, new energy sources
and build the cars and planes of the future. That's why
technical computing is something that the RS/6000 division
has been committed to since the RS/6000 was introduced,"
said Mark Bregman, general manager, IBM RS/6000 division.
"With today's announcement we are continuing our commitment
to provide scientists and engineers with hardware and
software tools to mould and build the future."

Another example of the use of IBM technology is the US
Government's plans to produce a car with greater fuel
efficiency, less emissions and 80 percent recyclable
components using the RS/6000 SP supercomputer. The car is
not expected to cost any more than standard cars produced by
other manufacturers. The RS/6000 SP will allow rapid digital
simulation and prototyping of materials undergoing
automotive design processes.

Product Information More information on these products and
the specific solutions that are available can be found on
the IBM RS/6000 home page at

The IBM home page can be found on the Internet at

Ref: 97/299 RS/6000 Technical Backgrounder

Model 397 The new RS/6000 Model 397 offers numeric-intensive
capability, highest floating point performance in the
industry at SPECfp95 benchmark of 25.8 as well as
exceptional memory bandwidth.

These features allow engineers and scientists - perhaps
examining computational fluid dynamics or how elements like
electricity, air and temperature affect the design of
airplane wings or cars - to run large, complex applications
efficiently. The model s POWER2 SuperChip (P2SC) processor
is capable of millions of calculations per second. Its
memory bandwidth enables users to work on multiple projects
at once. The same processor in the Model 397 is also
available on the RS/6000 SP, the supercomputer known as Deep
Blue which beat Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997.

P2SC 160MHz The new 160MHz P2SC Thin Node for the SP offers
as much as 55% greater floating point performance and twice
the internal disk capacity of the current 120MHz Thin Node.
These features allow optimal performance in technical
applications such as petroleum exploration and mechanical
design and analysis.

The new Thin Node has achieved impressive results on three
key numerical Aerodynamic Simulation (NAS) Parallel
Benchmark problems; Outperforming a 128-processor Cray T3E
(600MFLOP/300MHz Alpha) by more than 20 percent in each of
the NAS 1.0 Class B simulated applications and by more than
50 percent in the NAS 1.0 Class C with a 128-node SP with
160MHz P2SC processors. The SP's times for the NAS 2.3b
Class C simulated applications are more than 80 percent
faster than previously published competitive times. These
results, measured on systems ranging from 8 to 128 nodes,
also demonstrate the excellent scaling of the RS/6000 SP

Model 43P 140 332 MHZ The 43P Model 140's improved
processing power - to 332MHz - further increases the
price/performance advantage of RS/6000 technical computing
offerings. The 43P is ideal for mechanical
computer-aided-design (MCAD) applications where greater
processor speed equals faster modelling of 3D solid objects.
With the GXT800P graphics accelerator installed, CATIA
design application users - such as Ferrari, which recently
extended its use of RS/6000 workstations and CATIA in its
design and production processes - can expect significant
performance gains by upgrading a GXT800P 43P Model 140
system from 233MHz to 332MHz.

POWER GXT 800M The GXT800M graphics accelerator provides
advanced 3D graphics to the Model 397 and the existing Model
595 workstation range. GXT800M's hardware-accelerated
texture mapping generates more realistic images at
interactive speeds. Its 24-bit, double-buffered, true-colour
accelerator complements the strong floating-point computing
capabilities of Models 397 and 595.

POWER GXT120P A follow-on to the GXT110P graphics
accelerator, IBM's new GXT120P accelerator further enhances
RS/6000 price/performance positioning in the entry-level
graphics market.

New RS/6000 Operating Environment CD-ROMs IBM's new RS/6000
Operating Environment CD-ROMs (one for CATIA 4.1.8 on AIX
4.3 and one for I-DEAS V5.0 on AIX 4.1.5) simplify
application installation and enable easy, on-line access to
current software vendor and IBM RS/6000 product information.
IBM's previously announced Pro/ENGINEER CD-ROM will be
further enhanced and re-released in 1998. These products can
reduce installation time from days to hours, depending on
the software being installed.


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