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Fixstars Provides GigaAccel 180 with Yellow Dog
Posted by Media Relations, Tuesday September 16 2008 @ 10:59AM EDT


TOKYO, Japan - 16 September 2008 - Terra Soft Solutions of Loveland, Colorado, USA and Fixstars Corporation of Tokyo, Japan today announce a joint effort to bring enterprise level Linux support to Fixstars' IBM PowerXCell 8i Accelerator Board "GigaAccel™ 180".

Marketed by Fixstars, a pioneering company of Cell/B.E. solutions, GigaAccel 180 is based upon the IBM PXCAB accelerator board with the latest Cell Broadband Engine™ microprocessor "IBM PowerXCell 8i". The astonishing 180 GFLOPS single precision and 90 GFLOPS double precision performance by the Cell/B.E. chip is made readily available through integration with a PCIe based PC workstation. Where heavy arithmetic processing is required, as with financial modeling, computer diagnostic imaging, and video compression, the GigaAccel 180 is a low-cost, small footprint substitute for traditional, large scale clustered systems.

Satoshi Miki, Fixstars CEO states, "We are very confident with the Terra Soft product offering and support with their nearly ten years of experience and customer success. By our own validation, their Yellow Dog Linux product is the best solution available for the Cell chipset utilizing GigaAccel 180."

Paula Richards, IBM's Director of Cell Systems and Solutions states, "The Terra Soft Solutions offering provides an easy point of entry to high performance computing for the Fixstars GigaAccel 180 PCIe solution. Yellow Dog Linux operating system provides an effective delivery vehicle for the IBM Software Development Kit for Multicore Acceleration. Combining this with Fixstars' proven application expertise, will help customers quickly exploit the power of the platform and achieve tangible success."

The Fixstars' GigaAccel with Yellow Dog Linux offers: - One - 2.8 GHz IBM PowerXCell 8i processor
- 4 GB PC2 DDR2 memory
- 180 single-precision GFLOPS (peak)
- 90 double-precision GFLOPS (peak)
- Integrated dual 1 Gb Ethernet - Open IBM Cell SDK

Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft Solutions states, "Fixstars historic experience with optimizing code for the Cell microprocessor is a perfect door opener into the provision of this integrated hardware and software solution,” said Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft Solutions. “The collaboration between our two teams will result in an unbeatable combination of engineering expertise for the operating system, application optimization, and delivery of turn-key systems built upon the GigaAccel 180."

Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) is a CentOS/RHEL based operating system built and maintained for ten years with 100% focus on the Power architecture. First to market with a commercial distribution for Cell, YDL is the only Linux OS to include the open portion of the IBM Cell SDK and install the runtime environment by default. Yellow Dog Enterprise Linux (YDEL) couples Terra Soft's operating system with engineering expertise and support through Value Added Reseller Fixstars, providing an exceptional end-user experience.

Fixstars will provide a license for “Yellow Dog Enterprise Linux for GigaAccel 180” at 45,000 Yen per year, in Japan. To mark this announcement, Fixstars is holding a special campaign which offers the first year for free, for first-time GigaAccel 180 customers.

About Fixstars

Fixstars Corporation provides software technology solutions that target Cell/B.E. with a vision of the future where multi-core microprocessors are the standard. Fixstars provides total Cell/B.E. solutions from hardware acquisition, development environment set up, to software development, especially for financial, medical, and digital media industries.

For more information, visit http://www.fixstars.com

About Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.

As the recognized leader in Linux for Power since 1999, Terra Soft provides Yellow Dog Linux board support for Power architecture chip vendors and OEMs; turn-key, integrated solutions built upon the PowerStation and systems from IBM, Mercury, and Sony; cross-architecture Linux applications for high performance computing, including Y-HPC Cluster Construction Suite and the Y-Film Asset Management System.

For more information, visit http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com

IBM, PXCAB, and Power Architecture are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. YDL, Yellow Dog Linux, Y-HPC, and Y-Film are registered trademarks of Terra Soft Solutions. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Additional product and company names mentioned may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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