The sx1000 Chipset supports the Intel Itanium 2 processor, the HP mx2 Dual-Processor Module, and the PA-RISC PA-8800 and future PA-8900 processors. It provides higher CPU and memory bandwidth as well as greater memory capacity than the PA-8700+ based HP 9000 Superdome. Fast, low-level error correction further enhances the overall availability of systems that implement it.
With the introduction of the mx2 Dual-Processor Module, the sx1000 Chipset can support two Intel Itanium 2 processors with a large 32 MB of shared L4 cache in the same cell board socket that is used for a single Itanium 2 9M or Itanium 2 6M processor. This HP innovation offers up to twice the performance density of the previous HP Integrity Superdome servers.
The HP enterprise servers product line
First, let’s look at the overall HP server products lineup. These servers address the major computing challenges that customers face today. They are especially suited to the demands of a variety of applications across HP-UX, Windows, Linux, and OpenVMS.
HP-UX 11i version 2
Running HP-UX 11i v2 on the HP Integrity Superdome is ideal for enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), technical computing, system consolidation, data warehousing, and billing/financial/order processing.
Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-based systems
Running Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition on the HP Integrity Superdome is ideal for large, scalable enterprise-class databases as well as database consolidation, such as Microsoft® SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) and Oracle® 10g. Using these large databases in conjunction with supply-chain management (SCM) and ERP is also a common customer usage.
Running Linux on the HP Integrity Superdome is ideal for large databases, application development, Java™ applications, secure Web serving, and ERP. On the HP Integrity Superdome, both Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server 3 and SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 are supported. In the rest of this paper, these two Linux releases will be collectively referred to as Linux.
Starting in 1H 2006, running OpenVMS on the HP Integrity Superdome will be an ideal upgrade path for existing OpenVMS environments that require additional performance, scalability, and flexibility and would benefit from an industry-standards-based platform. This is an excellent solution for financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, healthcare, and government applications. In addition to employing this platform for new OpenVMS projects, integrating HP Integrity servers into an existing OpenVMS environment can be as straightforward as adding a new node to the cluster.
As shown in Figure 1, the HP server product line is extremely comprehensive, with products ranging from entry-level to high-end. And now, the HP 9000 Superdome continues its strong market presence by offering upgrades to HP Integrity Superdome with even more computing power, support for multiple operating systems, and other new capabilities.