Dual processing comes to HP 9000 J-Class

Hewlett-Packard Co. last week boosted the capabilities of its HP 9000 J-Class technical workstation for running scientific and other compute-intensive applications with the introduction of a dual-processor model.[

] HP's Visualize Model J282 provides two-way symmetric multiprocessing capabilities using HP's PA-8000 64-bit reduced instruction-set computing chips. HP introduced its PA-8000 chip to its J-Class line last fall but this latest introduction is the first offering in a dual-processing configuration. The J282 also features 2-D and 3-D graphics acceleration which has been a staple of the J-Class line.[

]Charlie Trentacosti marketing manager for HP's federal business unit predicted the J282 will play a role in "places that have high compute-intensive needs."[

]He said the dual-processor feature will boost such scientific applications as satellite-image analysis.[

] The J282 features one or two 180 MHz PA-8000 processors up to 2G of main memory and graphics options ranging from HP Visualize 2-D accelerator to the high-end HP Visualize-48XP 3-D accelerator. The product runs HP-UX 10.20 and can be rack mounted. Prices for the J282 which is now shipping start at $33 500.[

] Trentacosti said the J282 will be added to HP's General Services Administration schedules A and B/C as well as the schedules of Government Technology Services Inc. and Sylvest Management Systems Corp.[

] In addition Trentacosti said the J282 would make a good fit for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center. The center already is using J-Class equipment purchased under Litton/PRC Inc.'s Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System pact and "will be looking for more horsepower " Trentacosti said. He said the J-Class would be a logical addition to NASA's Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement II pact.[

] The Navy another J-Class customer is likely to add the newest J-Class machine to either HP's Tactical Advanced Computer-4 pact or the company's TAC-Joint Workstation blanket purchase agreement Trentacosti said. [

]Susan Canney HP's product manager for the J282 noted that Silicon Graphics Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc. have been offering two-way SMP workstations with their Octane and Ultra2 lines respectively. Canney said the new J-Class machine provides an ideal upgrade path from the J200 and J210 machines which began shipping in 1995.[

] "It's basically updating their line " said Stuart Gibbs program manager for pricing and configuration monitors at D.H. Brown Associates Inc. a market research firm. He said the product fills in the company's graphics workstation product line at the high end while providing a machine that can also be employed as a low-end technical server.[

] Exemplar Upgrades[

]In another announcement last week HP said it plans to install 64-bit HP-UX on its high-end Exemplar technical servers. The servers currently run the SPP-UX operating system which is HP-UX binary-compatible. The move to integrate HP-UX and SPP-UX will combine the former's enterprise computing features with the latter's technical computing features HP said.[

] HP also has launched an upgrade program to move its Exemplar customers from the PA-8000 to the PA-8200 chip.

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