Mercury Computer, Terra Soft Team for Advanced HPC Rack-Mount Solution

9/6/2005 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) and Terra Soft Solutions®, Inc. announced their alliance to deliver the Mercury XR9, an advanced dual-PowerPC® 970FX-based HPC (high-performance computing) cluster node, in a 1U and 4U rack-mount, extended ATX form factor.

Terra Soft, the leading developer of integrated Power® Architecture Linux solutions, and a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Mercury, announced an alliance to provide the XR9 with its 64-bit Linux OS ‘Y-HPC’ and cluster management suite Y- Imager, pre-installed and configured.

"As promised, we are moving rapidly to provide new solutions to the Power Architecture ecosystem with a dual-970 1U rack-mount HPC cluster node," said Kai Staats, co-founder and CEO of Terra Soft Solutions. "But do not mistake the XR9 for a simple product alternative, as it offers an incredible board-level design that sets it apart from existing solutions."

Compared to existing 970-based 1U products, the XR9 offers greater flexibility with adherence to the industry-standard extended ATX form factor in both a 1U and 4U rack-mount chassis, greater scalability with two independent PCI-X channels that support three slots, and an onboard service processor that reduces CPU load by performing board-level monitoring and control.

"The delivery of the XR9 demonstrates our commitment to the Power Architecture and a paradigm shift in how a customer is supported in the Power HPC marketplace," Mr. Staats continued. "With a combined 31 years’ experience, Terra Soft and Mercury understand the customer’s need for a product road map that extends beyond a few months, an OEM-level embrace of open source, and a support team that includes the same engineers who designed the motherboard and built the operating system."

"Collaboration between members of the Power Architecture community like Mercury and Terra Soft continues to deliver new and innovative solutions to the marketplace," said Nigel Beck, vice president of Technology Marketing, IBM. "This offering is another example of the benefits of open technology and the flexible business model provided by the Power Architecture."

The XR9 offers the following: • Extended ATX mainboard • Dual IBM PowerPC 970FX CPUs, up to 2.4 GHz • IBM CPC925 Northbridge with 16-bit 400 MHz HyperTransport cave: Peer-to-peer access via reflected forward looping 16-bit bus between Northbridge and first Tunnel/PCI-X bridge 8-bit buses between the Tunnel/PCI-X bridge and Southbridge.

Mercury, a top-tier provider of high-density, embedded, and real-time processing systems and optimized tools and libraries since the early '80s, is moving to provide a greater diversity of Power Architecture products, adding its engineering and system design expertise to the commodity market.

"Mercury is embracing the use of systems built from high-performance server-class components in places where only higher-density form factors could once perform," said Mark Skalabrin, vice president and general manager, Advanced Solutions business, Mercury Computer Systems. "Working with Terra Soft will ensure that the XR9 is well supported with an industry-standard Linux operating system and cluster management suite. Terra Soft’s understanding of the DOE and DOD labs is helping us shape the future of the XR product line."

Each XR9 ships from Terra Soft with Y-HPC pre-installed, configured as a head node, storage node, or compute node. Y-Imager provides a means of rapid-fire node image creation, modification, archiving, and delivery.

Y-HPC’s full suite of open-source offerings, when coupled with IBM’s XLC++ and XLF compilers and Mercury's middleware and optimized libraries, offers a powerful foundation for seamless code migration from 64-bit Linux desktop to 64-bit Linux cluster. Y-HPC on the XR9 offers a robust means of satisfying growing HPC needs sensitive to price/performance and industry-standard, commodity-based solutions.

Mr. Staats added: "This is an exciting time for us. The reallocation of resources away from reverse engineering to proactive, creative processes will result in a profound change for our company, subsequent product offerings, and our future."

The XR9 is immediately available from Terra Soft’s on-line store:

About Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.
Terra Soft is a leading Integrated Solutions Provider with proven expertise in the Power Architecture and Linux OS platform. As a Mercury, Apple, and Genesi VAR, and IBM Business Partner, Terra Soft provides turnkey and build-to-order portables, desktop workstations, HA servers, and HPC clusters. Terra Soft's Y-HPC 64-bit OS and cluster construction suite is widely accepted as a preferred platform for Xserve clusters.

About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading provider of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing solutions. Mercury’s solutions play a critical role in a wide range of applications, transforming sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms the Company’s systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data. Mercury’s systems are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging devices including MRI, PET, and digital X-ray, and in semiconductor imaging applications including photomask generation and wafer inspection. Mercury provides advanced 3D image processing and visualization software and optimized systems to diverse end markets including life sciences, geosciences, and simulation. The Company also provides radio frequency (RF) products for enhanced communications capabilities in military and commercial applications. Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury serves customers in North America, Europe and Asia through its direct sales force and a network of subsidiaries and distributors.

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