IBM Preps Next-Generation EXA ChipsetBy Jeffrey Burt | Print
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Forthcoming versions of IBM's Enterprise X Architecture chipsets will add virtualization and enhanced I/O capabilities, officials said.IBM engineers are looking to add high-end virtualization, greater scalability and enhanced I/O capabilities into the next generation of the company's chipsets that run in many servers powered by Intel Corp.'s Xeon chips.
IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., is planning to roll out servers featuring the third generation of its EXA (Enterprise X Architecture) chipsets in early 2005, after Intel's release of the Xeon MP processor, code-named Potomac, set for later this year.
IBM introduced the EXA chipsetscode named Summitin 2000 as a way of bringing management and high-availability features found in its mainframe systems into its line of Intel-based xSeries servers, then called the Netfinity line. In the first two generations of EXA, those features included high-scalability and performance capabilities, as well as the means to work around failed memory and diagnose problems without having to bring the system down. This capability helped with planned outages for maintenance reasons.