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SMP

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(Social Welfare) statutory maternity pay
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A powerful follow-on to the Profusion chipset that HP jointly developed with Intel, the F8 chipset has been designed for even higher performance and bandwidth by combining PCI-X input/output technology, Gigabit Ethernet, Ultra3 SCSI and Intel Xeon processor MP.
They are two 8-way enterprise servers based on Intel's Profusion chipset technology - the PRIMERGY N800, a 19-inch rackmount server unit, and the PRIMERGY K800, an enterprise tower.
Intel Corp, which has had its share of bad luck lately with the Camino Rambus memory chipset, has another problem, and this time it is in the Pentium III Xeon processors when they are used in conjunction with the new eight-way Profusion chipset. The Pentium III Xeon bug rears its ugly head only when the 550MHz processors are equipped with either 512Kb or 1Mb of L2 cache memory.
The server is built on an Intel Profusion chipset, which balances CPU, memory, and I/O throughput for enhanced performance and scalability.
The Linux 2.3 kernel due soon will be essentially a developer release, and the 2.4 kernel due in 6 to 8 months will have full eight-way support for the Intel Profusion chipset. McNamara expects the open source community to have patches to Linux 2.2 available to get up to eight-way SMP long before Linux 2.4 ships, however, and reminds customers that even though both Linux and NT have been demonstrated on eight-way Profusion boxes, the efficiency on both platforms leaves something to be desired at this point.
Meanwhile, Intel has begun shipping its Profusion chipset, enabling eight-way Pentium III Xeon processor-based servers.
Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV, the Dutch-based merger of the Japanese and German groups' European computer businesses, said yesterday it will ultimately drop Fujitsu's work with Intel's Profusion chipset and converge its eight-processor server lines into a single offering based on Siemens' proprietary third-level caching solution.
Intel has also introduced the Profusion chipset, a building block for 8-way servers, which is expected to be available in 2Q'99.
HDS isn't doing anything new with its Profusion chipset design.