Photos: IBM's blade overhaul

Photos: IBM's blade overhaul

Summary: See the redesigned blade server with PowerPC chip and the future model that uses Cell, also intended for Sony's PlayStation 3.

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  • Cell exam

    IBM Researcher Ronald Ridgeway examines a blade server using the Cell processor, which was codeveloped by Big Blue with Sony and Toshiba.

    IBM demonstrated the Cell blade on Wednesday in New York. It hopes the technology will boost visual graphics for customers in the fields of entertainment, medical imaging, aerospace and defense.

  • The JS21 blade

    IBM's new JS21 blade uses the dual-core PowerPC 970MP processor, which not only has two processing engines but also has features that let multiple operating systems run side-by-side on the server. That, in turn, lets servers be used more efficiently.

  • IBM introduced its second-generation blade server chassis Wednesday, the BladeCenter H. New features include a higher-speed internal communications pathway, faster network options and new automated management features.

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Topics: Processors, Hardware, IBM, Servers

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