TOKYO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—December 6, 2006— NEC Corporation today announced it has demonstrated the world's first dynamic partitioning of CPU and memory resources on the Beta 2 version of Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Server, code-named "Longhorn," using NEC's enterprise server Express5800/1320Xf. Express5800/1320Xf is a large-scale, high-reliability server that can run up to 32 Intel(R) 64-bit Dual-Core Itanium(R) 2 processors. The demonstration was conducted during the iExpo2006 exhibition held on December 6-8 in Tokyo, Japan.
Dynamic partitioning allows the replacement of failed modules, as
well as the replacement of hardware that show signs of impending
failure, on mission critical systems while still in operation.
The NEC Express5800/1320Xf contains up to eight modules with CPU
and memory resources. Each of these modules supports "hot-swap" and
"hot plug" technology. By duplicating the system clock and cross-bar
switch, the server also enables power and fan redundancy as well as
replacement of each module without halting the system. Thus the CPU
and memory modules have dynamic reconfiguration functions. This
implementation confirms dynamic partitioning of the CPU and memory as
a complete system using Windows Server "Longhorn."
"As a result of our close relationship with Microsoft, as well as
the convergence between NEC's hardware/middleware technology and
Microsoft's operating system technology, we were able to make this
breakthrough possible," said Takayuki Noguchi, general manager,
Computers Division at NEC Corporation.
"The dynamic partitioning capabilities of the NEC Express
5800/1320Xf enterprise servers will deliver a compelling solution for
Windows Server "Longhorn" customers running scale-up databases, custom
applications and line-of-business applications," said Bill Laing,
general manager, Windows Server Division at Microsoft Corp.
Windows Server "Longhorn" is Microsoft's next-generation server
operating system that is designed to provide more flexibility, greater
control and increased protection. Windows Server "Longhorn," currently
in Beta 2 and scheduled to be released in the second half of 2007,
enables IT professionals to spend less time on everyday tasks and more
time on high-value work that benefits their organizations.
Since NEC developed the world's first server (code name "AzusA")
with 16 Intel Itanium processors in 1999, the company has continued to
develop large-scale, high-reliability platforms utilizing the Itanium
processor family. NEC will continue to develop and enhance mission
critical enterprise servers such as the Express5800/1000 series,
provide hardware- and software- based on the advanced platform
technology VALUMO, and develop Itanium2-based business solutions.
NEC's annual event, iExpo introduces the latest solutions and
state-of-the art technologies over a variety of industries and fields
that NEC and its partners have to offer. The iExpo event is the
largest exhibition hosted by a private organization in Japan.
About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ:
NIPNY) is one of the world's leading
providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business
solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse
and global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the
key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by
integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by
providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics
Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 150,000 people worldwide
and had net sales of approximately 4,825 billion yen (approx. $41.2
billion US) in the fiscal year ended March 2006. For additional
information, please visit the NEC home page at: http://www.nec.com
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