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Fujitsu Launches World's Fastest Mainframe

- GS21 600 high-end model sets new performance benchmark of 3,000 MIPS -

Tokyo, February 21, 2002 -- Fujitsu Limited today announced the launch of a new model group - the GS21 600 - in its Global Server series of mainframes based on cutting-edge 0.13 micron copper wiring CMOS (*1) technology. The new model group comprises twenty-two models, including a top-of-the-line system based on a single cluster, 16-CPU tightly- coupled multiprocessor (TCMP *2) design that achieves processing speed of 3,000 MIPS (*3), the world's fastest for a CMOS mainframe.

Compared to the high-end offering in Fujitsu's current GS8900 model group, the new model achieves roughly 1.7 times the performance on a per-processor basis. Moreover, measured on a cost-performance basis, the new model lowers performance costs by approximately 15%.

Other GS21 600 model group highlights include:

  • Uses cutting-edge 0.13 micron copper wiring CMOS technology to achieve gigahertz-range processing. In addition, further improvements in super-scalar (*4) technology for out-of-order (*5) executions, gained from the experience with GS8900 model group, have resulted in higher processor performance.

  • Achieves improved memory performance by embedding a high-capacity secondary cache on the processor's on-chip cache.

  • High-precision mounting enables maximum of 128GB of main memory.

  • Single cluster is scalable up to 16 CPUs, and multi-cluster units are scalable up to 16 clusters (or a total of 256 CPUs).

  • Offers excellent reliability by incorporating four-way redundant system storage units (SSU *6).

  • Achieves high-speed data integration and supports SAN environments with such features as Gigabit Ethernet (standard) or Fibre Channel (FC-SCSI option).

  • Meets Fujitsu's strict environmental standards, consuming 45% less power per unit of performance output.

Coupled with Fujitsu's software products, the GS Series delivers all of the features needed in a core server for corporate information systems, such as high performance, high reliability, Internet-based business support, and multi-server integration.

[Pricing and shipment - Japan]
GS21 600 Model Group (to ship late November 2002)
Single-cluster model : ¥88.07 million (excl. tax) per month and up
Multi-cluster model : ¥138.11 million (excl. tax) per month and up

[Sales target]
150 clusters within three years

Today's broadband Internet-based corporate information systems require a server that offers superior processing power to handle ever- increasing amount of data, scalability to rapidly adapt to sudden changes in work loads and data volumes, the solid assurance of continuous, twenty-four/seven availability, and compatibility with open systems standards. Fujitsu will continue to strengthen both hardware and software functions to make sure that the GS Series meets the evolving needs of corporate information systems.

*1: CMOS
Complementary metal-oxide semiconductor. Requires almost no current when inactive, thereby significantly lowering power consumption.

*2: TCMP
Tightly-coupled multi-processor: A technology that allows multiple processors to share the same main memory and run the same piece of software simultaneously.

*3: MIPS
Millions of instructions per second.

*4: Super-scalar
Technology that simultaneously executes multiple instructions.

*5: Out-of-order execution
A technology that allows computer instructions to be issued, executed, and finished in a sequence that is different than the way they appear in the original program. Following the same sequence is referred to as "in-order." Out-of-order execution organizes operants, regardless of the status of other instructions, to fill up what would otherwise be wasted pauses in the computer.

*6: SSU
System Storage Unit. Storage devices that can be shared between systems using the EXA architecture.

** All company/product names mentioned may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are used for identification purpose only.

[About Fujitsu]
Fujitsu is a leading provider of Internet-focused information technology solutions for the global marketplace. Its pace-setting technologies, best-in-class computing and telecommunications platforms, and worldwide corps of systems and services experts make it uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.48 trillion yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001. Internet:
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Tomohiro Onagi, Scott Ikeda
Fujitsu Limited, Public Relations
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