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Unisys systems to use 10 processors

Unisys plans to deliver multiprocessing servers based on the Pentium Pro this month that will be able to harness as many as ten processors in one box.

Unisys plans to deliver multiprocessing servers based on the Pentium Pro this month that will be able to harness as many as ten processors in one box.

The ClearPath SMP61000 servers will deliver RISC-processor-level performance on relatively low-cost Intel Pentium Pro design. They will be targeted at the replicated server market and will be shipped ready for commercial applications that require mission-critical online transaction processing, according to Unisys.

The symmetric multiprocessor systems will use as many as ten 200-MHz Pentium Pro processors with 256K integrated level-2 cache; in the third quarter, the company will add 200-MHz Pentium Pros with 512K of built-in cache to improve performance even more. ClearPath SMP61000 servers will be able to run several operating systems, including Windows NT, SCO UnixWare, SCO ClearView, or Unisys UNIX System V, release 4.

Other features include:
--Fully scalable architecture for two to ten Pentium or Pentium Pro processors
--Pentium Pro processors matched with 4MB of level-3 caches
--Mix and match multiple speeds of Pentium Processors
--High availability features including hot removable in-cabinet disk drives
--Up to 4GB of ECC System memory

Pricing for the systems will vary according to configuration, but typical costs will range from $90,000 to $150,000 for a system with four Pentium processors and from $190,000 to $240,000 for a system with eight Pentium Pros processors.