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High performance computer server for use as a central resource in a computer network

This orion superserver is aimed at high performance server
applications and therefore provides high mass storage
input and output capacity processor performance and
networking capability.

A server is a computer system that is optimised for use as a central resource in a network of computers, workstations and other servers. The most important parameter of a server is its functionality in the network, its ability to give the network users service that their local computer cannot do. Some server tasks could be to execute tasks that require a computer with a higher capacity than is usually provided locally in a network or it executes tasks that are central by its origin. For many server tasks, the performance will be essential either because the general idea behind the server task is to provide high performance or because the network has great demand for a specific centralised service. The ORION SUPERSERVER is aimed at high performance server applications and therefore provides high mass storage input/output capacity, processor performance and networking capability. The optimization of multi-programmed service to a high number of terminals that has been the most important capability of traditional high end mini-computers and mainframe systems, will be less emphasised as the more widespread use of networked terminals takes the market focus away from this way of using a computer system. The ORION SUPERSERVER can of course be used without the connection to a network if this is desired. The goal of the ORION SUPERSERVER project is to present to the computer market a server with extremely high performance over a wide area of applications and with a very competitive price performance. The entry level system should cost a maximum of 3 million NOK to end user. The performance goal is to provide for more than 100 Mips (as compared to a VAW 11/780 being 1 Mips) for important server applications and that the system should have input/output and networking capabilities that match this performance. For computer-intensive applications, the performance will be 400 Mips. The ORION SUPERSERVER processor hardware will be designed in such a way that existing software may be run without any reprogramming or development of specialised compilers or other system software to get access to the high performance. The computer system should be compatible with cheap servers that run software available at a reasonable cost on the world market. It should be able to run both system software (with the exception of operating system core) and applications from the low end systems on a binary form without any requirement for modifications or recompiling. Wherever applicable, and especially on the communication and operating system side, international and industrial standards will be followed.
Project ID: 
2
Start date: 
01-07-1989
Project Duration: 
30months
Project costs: 
15 000 000.00€
Technological Area: 
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Market Area: 
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