Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Jul 2007 09:39 UTC, submitted by Johnan
IBM IBM has announced a version of its System i business server range that uses the company's Power6 processor, which the tech giant claims is the fastest chip it has ever built. The System i 570 uses the 4.7GHz Power6, launched in May, with up to 16 cores, a processor that has come top in many industry benchmarks.
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These systems that are coming out now benchmark really well, and they're not even running hw/sw tuned for the chip -- that's coming next year.

The interesting thing about the "i" isn't the hardware. The operating system is extremely interesting from a computer science point of view. Concepts that are becoming interesting -- managed memory, "fat" binaries for portability are two that come to mind -- are things similar to what the OS has had since its inception nearly 30 years ago.

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