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

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United States, September 17, 2002

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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. More about the pricing for these systems is available at http://www.hp.com/go/redhat.

Webinar: Value of 64-bit Linux on Itanium 2-based systems
To help customers explore the potential of Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstations on HP's Itanium 2-based workstations, HP will host a Web-based seminar titled "Value of a 64-bit Linux on Itanium 2-based systems" on Sept. 18.

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. Registration for the Webinar is available at http://www.hp.com/go/redhat.

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