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
- 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 |
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
- *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.
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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: http://www.fujitsu.com/
Tomohiro Onagi, Scott Ikeda
Fujitsu Limited, Public Relations
Tel: +81-3-3215-5259 (Tokyo)
Masaya Nakahara, Hiromasa Matsui
Fujitsu Limited, Global Business Development & Marketing,
Enterprise Products, Infromation Systems Business
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