NEC is proud to announce today that it is the first company in the world to demonstrate the dynamic reconfiguration of CPU and Memory resources while running beta 1 of the future version of Microsoft Windows Server operating system, code name "Longhorn". This demonstration was performed on NEC's Express5800/1320Xe large-scale enterprise-class server supporting up to 32 Intel 64-bit CPU Itanium 2 processors, illustrates NEC's strength and technological capabilities in improving performance of scale up systems without having to disrupt a system's continuous operation.
Via dynamic reconfiguration of the CPU and Memory resources on Windows Server "Longhorn", NEC's Express5800/1320Xe system provides increased processing resources without disrupting its operation. This feature is paramount, allowing customers the ability to predict a mission critical system's total load; enabling them to easily introduce additional systems at minimum cost and increase system resources without the need to cease operations.
"Microsoft is very excited about the progress we are making with our key OEM partners such as NEC, and we are excited about the investments being made in high end RAS features such as Dynamic Partitioning which will benefit our joint customers deploying mission critical systems based on Windows Server," said Garth Fort, Senior Director, Server Platform Business Group of Microsoft Co. Ltd. "As we are still in the development cycle of our future version of Windows Server, code name Longhorn, we have not finalized the features; we will announce the final feature list once we are closer to RTM."
In general, large-scale, back-end database systems, like those used in transaction processing, use a scale out approach, which is difficult to tune and determine system performance. With a scale up approach via dynamic reconfiguration of CPU and Memory resources, performance can easily be enhanced and operations continual.
"The technical demonstration carried out on our Express5800/1320Xe shows our commitment to Microsoft in the development of next generation Windows operating systems," said Larry Sheffield, executive vice president, Solutions Platform Group, NEC Solutions America. "The fusion and close collaboration of NEC's hardware and firmware technology with Microsoft's operating system enhances the functionality for enterprise platforms to the future version of Windows Server and subsequent operating systems."
NEC will continue to enhance its Express5800/1000 series of mission critical servers to continually provide more advanced platform functionality and technology to the end-user community. In addition, NEC will continue to expand the "Open Mission Critical System" as well as its solutions business focused on utilizing Itanium 2 processors.
NEC is determined to provide highly reliable platforms for the enterprise market, and has continually shown its global commitment by being first-to-market with superior solutions that provide today's businesses highly competitive computing environments. In 1999, NEC was first-to-demonstrate its AzusA server, which supported up to 16 Intel Itanium processors, and after Intel's release of its Itanium 2 processor, NEC developed its large-scale high-reliable server, which supports up to 32 Itanium 2 processors.