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DEC, Oracle to build new architecture

Digital Equipment and Oracle announced a powerful new architecture based on Digital servers and Oraase software.

Digital Equipment and Oracle today announced a powerful new computer architecture based on Digital servers and Oracle database software.

The 64-bit Digital design, called "TrueCluster," uses clustering technology, which strings together two or more server computers to form a single virtual computer.

Digital Alpha servers, Digital software, and Oracles's Parallel Server database software form the core of the TrueCluster design.

Clustering is a critical technology for increasing computer performance because it allows companies to construct powerful, mainframe-class systems out of relatively low-cost building blocks, instead of designing a single elaborate system that is extremely costly.

TrueCluster is expected to support clustering of more than 90 alpha servers.