Thin ‘n’ fast Alpha Linux servers coming RSN

Dual Alpha 833 delivers 3.3 GFLOPS

Alpha Processor Inc (API) has rebranded itself as API NetWorks, and expanded its product range to with two new high-density servers aimed at Web servers, render farms and the network infrastructure market.

The first systems to appear under the new moniker are the UP2000+ mobo supporting dual Alpha 833 MHz processors, and the rack mount CS20 clustering server which API claims is the world's most powerful 1U server and also the first 1U dual-processor Alpha server, delivering 3.3 GFLOPS. Up to 42 CS20s, producing a total of 140 GFLOPS, can be housed in a single rack.

Both support Linux in firmware which boots directly at power on, along with dual on-board Ethernet controllers and remote administration.

"Performance is the number one criteria for our customers, while clock speed is a secondary consideration. For years, Alpha has been the consistent performance leader for those seeking superior power, performance and scalability in a platform on which to build systems.

"The introduction of the UP2000+ and the availability of 833MHz CPUs only ups the ante and further extends our performance reach," says Gerry Talbot, president and CTO of API NetWorks.

The UP2000+ accommodates up to two Alpha 21264 processors with speeds up to 833 MHz and supports up to 8 MB of L2 cache for each. It uses DDR L2 cache with up to 8.9 GB/s L2 cache bandwidth and 2.6 GB/s of peak memory bandwidth. The UP2000+ comes in an extended ATX form factor along with 2Mb of flash ROM and an SRM console.

The UP2000+ is available now at $2388, while you'll have to wait until January for the slimline CS20. ®

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