Create a supercluster

Western Scientific Inc. of San Diego offers scalable cluster supercomputers based on the Linux open-source operating system.

The rack-mounted units in the cluster are each 2U high, or 3.5 inches. Each box can have one or two 800-MHz Pentium III processors, up to 2G of Rambus dynamic RAM and up to four hot-swappable SCSI disk drives. Starting price for a single two-processor chassis is about $5,000.

Contact Western Scientific at 800-443-6699.

RAID subsystem slims down

The RAID I/O Flyer 3D RAID storage subsystem from Unison Information Systems Ltd. is slimmer than the company's previous RAID model and has an upgraded interface.

The Framingham, Mass., company has changed the host-side interface to the Ultra2/LVD (low-voltage differential) SCSI specification for transfer rates of up to 80 megabytes/sec. The drive-side interface is IDE.

Pricing for the RAID I/O Flyer 3D ranges from $3,124 for the 30.6G model to $4,072 for the 122.7G model.

Contact Unison Information Systems at 508-879-3200.

OCR compresses data

ScanSoft Inc. of Peabody, Mass., has improved file compression and obtained Microsoft Windows 2000 certification for its optical character recognition software, TextBridge Pro Millennium Business Edition.

The package is $499; registered users of the previous version can upgrade for $199.

Contact ScanSoft at 888-345-6203.

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