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First Four-Way Dual Core Opteron WorkstationGroundbreaking technology demonstration staged at SIGGRAPH 2005
(8/4/05) In a technology demonstration at SIGGRAPH 2005, AMD and Boxx Technologies unveiled a four-way dual core Opteron workstation running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and a beta 64-bit version of LightWave 3D animation software. The four-socket dual core AMD Opteron 875 processor workstation boasted four processors plugged into a prototype motherboard made by Tyan which is one of only three currently in existence. Digital Media Net was there, and took a close-up look at this brand new technology.
Said Ed Caracappa, director of sales for Boxx Technologies, the company that developed the workstation, ?What you're seeing is a first of its kind. Caracappa explained that the Tyan motherboard, which is too new to even have a model number, is not a server-based motherboard -- it's a true workstation motherboard with two PCIe (PCI Express) graphics slots. Also on board are 16 DIMM slots, each of which can accommodate a 2GB RAM stick. Caracappa added, ?We've actually run it with 32 GB of memory on the system. At the demonstration, the machine contained 8GB of RAM.
|Underneath these four cooling fans lie four AMD Opteron 875 processors|
Boxx officials admitted this workstation was not yet completely stable. ?It's by no means a finished product. They're still some work being done on the drivers, Caracappa said. He added that this demonstration motherboard is just its first incarnation. In this configuration, there are two PCIe slots that are directly adjacent to each other. Because many of the newest high-end graphics cards require considerable cooling equipment, these two slots right next to each other will prevent installation of a fully implemented SLI configuration employing multiple graphics cards. Caracappa said the next rev of this board will have six PCIe slots on board, spaced in such a way that SLI configuration will be possible. In this demonstration, the workstation was running a single NVidia 4500 graphics card.
|(Click graphic for enlargement) Notice the Windows XP performance monitor on this LightWave 3D render, with all eight windows lighting up.|
|With this technology demonstration, Boxx also unveiled a spiffy new case design|
Boxx officials told Digital Media Net the workstation in its four-way configuration will be available by the end of September of this year.
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