Digital Equipment Corporation
Maynard, Massachusetts 01754-2571
DIGITAL WORKSTATIONS SET NEW MARK FOR SPEED,
PRICE/PERFORMANCE IN OPEN CLIENT/SERVER COMPUTING
New Multiprocessor Clustered Server, Workstation Pricing
Push Alpha AXP Power and Affordability
MAYNARD, Mass. -- July 21, 1994 -- Digital Equipment Corporation today continued
its workstation leadership in open client/server computing with two new models
boasting the industry's best performance and price/performance. Digital's latest
desktop and deskside workstations combine the world's fastest single-chip
microprocessors with new graphics accelerator cards to provide the industry's
best 2D graphics performance and superior 3D performance.
Digital also reduced the price of the DEC 3000 Model 600 AXP, the industry's
most powerful workstation under $20,000. Further, it introduced the
AdvantageCluster Compute Server 5000 system, offering high-performance UNIX
clustering capability with symmetric multi-processing (SMP) support.
The new workstations, DEC 3000 Models 700 and 900 AXP, are based on Digital's
newest Alpha AXP microprocessors that incorporate CMOS-5, the industry's most
advanced semiconductor technology. Both workstations run DEC OSF/1, Digital's
standards-compliant UNIX, and powerful OpenVMS operating systems. This
capability gives users access to a huge portfolio of nearly five thousand Alpha
"We're seeing sharp growth in the number of customers with power-hungry
applications that require true 64-bit computing and full 64-bit UNIX. Unlike
some vendors who are telling customers they will have to wait until the end of
the century to get this power, Digital is providing it now with its complete
workstation lineup," said Willy Shih, Digital vice president, UNIX and
Windows NT Systems.
"The business implications for this advanced technology are enormous. Users can
run complex technical, business, and scientific applications right from their
workstations with quicker response and faster turnaround, leaving them more time
to develop new designs, run more simulations or improve existing models," Shih
"The software versatility inherent in the Alpha AXP architecture is the basis of
our operating system neutral strategy. It ensures protection of our customers'
software investments," noted Jesse Lipcon, vice president, OpenVMS Systems and
Servers. "These hot new workstations provide an excellent growth path for the
hundreds of thousands of OpenVMS workstation users, with complete operating
system and application compatibility," he said.
World's Fastest Desktop
The DEC 3000 Model 700 AXP workstation, powered by the Alpha AXP 21064A-225MHz
microprocessor, is the industry's fastest desktop system. It offers customers
the best combination of performance, price/performance, and 2D and 3D desktop
graphics performance. The workstation delivers SPECint92 of 162.6
(SPECbase_int92 of 153.4) and SPECfp92 of 230.6 (SPECbase_fp92 of 213.3). The
Model 700's processing capabilities enable it to handle large applications such
as 2D, 3D MCAD (mechanical computer-aided design) and EDA (electronic design
automation), scientific visualization, and high-end financial modeling.
World's Fastest Deskside
The DEC 3000 Model 900 AXP workstation easily handles the range of applications
supported by the Model 700 and, in addition, excels at complex applications in
structural engineering, computational fluid dynamics, structural biology, and
condensed matter physics. In most applications, that means faster and more vivid
image processing and faster time-to-market. The Model 900 features more
expandability than comparable workstations from Hewlett-Packard. It provides six
I/O slots, one for the graphics accelerator and the others available for
The new high-end deskside workstation is based on the Alpha AXP 21064A-275MHz
microprocessor, the world's fastest and most powerful single-chip
microprocessor. The DEC 3000 Model 900 AXP workstation offers a 40% performance
increase over the Model 800 which it replaces, and has double the disk capacity.
It delivers SPECint92 of 189.3 (SPECbase_int92 of 178.4) and SPECfp92 of 264.1
(SPECbase_fp92 of 244.6).
Pricing, Availability and Upgrades
Prices begin at $27,698 for the DEC 3000 Model 700 AXP workstation and $43,373
for the Model 900. Board-swap upgrades from existing DEC 3000 Models 600 and 800
AXP workstations are available for $5,995 and $8,995, respectively. Shipments of
the new workstations begin next month.
Most Powerful Under $20,000
The DEC 3000 Model 600 AXP workstation price has been reduced to $17,495 from
$19,995. Based on the Alpha AXP 21064 microprocessor running at 175MHz, the
Model 600 is the fastest, most powerful workstation available in the popular,
under-$20,000 price range.
High Performance Graphics Accelerator Cards
Both DEC 3000 Models 700 and 900 AXP workstations use the new 2D ZLX-E2 and
2D/3D ZLX-E3 graphics accelerator cards for high-speed image rendering in
graphics-intensive applications. The ZLX-E3 and the Model 700 yield the world's
top performance in the Xmark93 2D benchmark -- 14.89 Xmarks, and the best
desktop graphics performance -- 80.2 PLBwire93. In addition, the ZLX-E1 yields
Xmarks of 16.82 on the Model 900, much faster than competitive offerings; the
ZLX-E3 delivers superior PLBwire93 3D performance of 83.0.
The ZLX-E2, priced at $1,995, accelerates 24-bit pixel, true color image
display. The ZLX-E3, delivering high-end 2D and 3D graphics capabilities, offers
superior 3D price/performance. Priced at only $2,995, the ZLX-E3 provides users
with better 3D performance than any competitive 3D graphics options, which
typically cost up to eight times more. Both accelerators provide the industry's
best 2D graphics performance.
The ZLX-E family is one part of Digital's overall graphics portfolio which
includes the ZLX-M mid-range 3D graphics options and the Denali line of high-end
Cost-Effective Supercomputer Replacement
Featuring high-performance UNIX clustering capability with SMP support, the new
AdvantageCluster Compute Server 5000 system excels as an economical solution for
such applications as complex process simulation, computational fluid dynamics,
and financial modeling. It consists of four Digital 2100 Model A500MP rackmount
systems packaged in a single enclosure to create a cost-effective, high-powered
alternative to costly supercomputing systems in networked UNIX environments.
The new server houses up to 16 Alpha AXP 21064 microprocessors and is expandable
to 400 processors. It is preloaded with Digital's multiprocessor-optimized High
Performance FORTRAN (HPF) and Load Sharing Facility (LSF) software for dynamic
The processors in the AdvantageCluster Compute Server 5000 system are two to
five times more powerful than processors in traditional massively parallel
processor (MPP) systems such as those from Intel and Thinking Machines
Corporation. Four- to 16-processor AdvantageCluster Compute Server 5000 systems
range in price from $200,000 to less than $300,000. The 16-processor system has
power equivalent to 32- to 80-node systems from traditional MPP vendors which
typically are priced from $1 to $5 million.
"Digital is the only computer manufacturer with truly clustered systems that
dramatically boost reliability and throughput," Shih said. "By combining
clustering and multiprocessing techniques, the AdvantageCluster Compute Server
5000 equals or surpasses the performance of systems costing many times more."
Digital Equipment Corporation is the world's leader in open client/server
solutions from personal computing to integrated worldwide information systems.
Digital's scalable Alpha AXP platforms, storage, networking, software and
services, together with industry-focused solutions from business partners, help
organizations compete and win in today's global marketplace.
Note to Editors: Digital's new workstations with graphics accelerators will be
demonstrated at the SIGGRAPH Conference & Exhibition, at the
Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from July
26-28, in Booth #1006 (Hall B).
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