IBM 32-Way Servers to Drive GMs Design Process
Ten 32-way p690 servers will be linked together to form a supercomputing infrastructure to power the car maker's vehicle design applications.IBM Thursday announced that General Motors Corp. will purchase 10 of its most powerful server, the 32-way p690, which will be linked together to form a supercomputing infrastructure to power the car makers vehicle design applications. The deal marks another high-profile win for IBMs p690, also known by the code name Regatta, which debuted in October last year and was positioned to take on the top product offerings of Sun Microsystems Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co., the worlds two largest Unix server vendors. High-end Unix-based servers are valued by large corporations for their ability to address vast amounts of memory and process multiple calculations simultaneously. Such powerful performance doesnt come cheap, with high-end systems costing from $1 million up to $10 million each. High system prices and added revenues from software and servers tied to the systems make it the most profitable of all computing segments.
While IBM and GM didnt disclose the value of their deal, prices for fully configured 32-processor p690 servers start at around $2 million each, and considering that the agreement also includes software and services, the contract could well be for more than $20 million in revenue for IBM, based in Armonk, N.Y.