Linux reaches adulthood as IBM launches 64-way server –

Paris -- IBM Corp. announced Wednesday the launch of a 64-processor server, the eServer x430, running its Linux Application Environment.

The server is designed to bridge the gap between mainframes and servers using a single processor from Intel Corp., and is the first designed to work with IBM's Linux Application Environment, according to a company statement.

The company has opened a new support center in Beaverton, Oregon, to help independent developers test their software on the platform.

At the same time, IBM announced an integrated Linux development suite for its PowerNP network processor. The software kit will enable ISPs (Internet service providers) and equipment manufacturers to optimize network performance by developing applications for routers and other network equipment. The development time for such devices could be reduced by as much as several months through using the development tools, the company claimed.

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