HP First to Offer Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstations for Itanium 2-based Systems

9/24/2002 - HP and Red Hat announced that Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstation for Itanium 2 is available on Intel® Itanium® 2-based HP workstations — the HP Workstation zx2000 and HP Workstation zx6000. This alliance makes HP the only company in the industry to provide its Itanium workstation customers the extended capacity of 64-bit computing along with all the advantages and cost savings of an open-source environment.

Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstation on Itanium 2-based HP workstations delivers fast compute performance for scientists, engineers and others running high-floating point applications that require a large memory bandwidth and memory latency. By coupling Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstation on Itanium 2-based HP workstations, customers receive one of the industry's lowest cost, highest memory capacity solutions currently available for technical and scientific computing.

"In the past, HP technical and scientific customers have had some memory limitations that prohibited them from addressing large problems," said Barry Crume, worldwide product marketing manager for Itanium 2, HP Workstation Business Unit. "Now, with HP and Red Hat's Itanium 2-based workstation solutions, technical computing customers should be able to focus on their complex analysis applications that involve large data sets."

HP's Itanium 2-based workstations continue to increase performance with a new world-leading floating point SPECfp2000 score of 1,400, achieved on the HP Workstation zx6000 1 GHz running Red Hat Advanced Workstation and Intel 7.0 compilers.(1)

"HP's Itanium 2-based systems with Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstation deliver performance that is unprecedented at these price levels," said Michael Evans, vice president of business development, Red Hat. "These systems are the ideal solution for engineers, developers and designers looking to trade up from their proprietary workstations to the benefits of industry standard hardware running open source software."

As an introductory offering, HP is offering special promotional pricing through Oct. 18, 2002, in the United States, on specified configurations of HP workstations running the Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstation for Itanium 2.

Linux kernel author David Mosberger, a senior research scientist at HP Labs, will compare and contrast the differences and the value of 64-bit Linux on Itanium 2-based systems relative to earlier architectures that support Linux.

About HP
HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its merger transaction involving Compaq Computer Corp. on May 3, 2002.

About Red Hat
Red Hat is the world's premier open source and Linux provider. Red Hat is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. and has offices worldwide.

(1) The HP Workstation zx6000 was a standard configuration, tested with the SPECfp2000 benchmark and produced a result of 1,400.

Intel and Itanium are U.S. registered trademarks of Intel Corp. SPECfp2000 is a registered trademark of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc.

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