The single-processor POWER Onyx workstation gives researchers and scientists an affordable, integrated visual supercomputer. POWER Onyx combines supercomputer processing capability with the world's leading graphics. Utilizing the 64-bit RISC MIPS R8000 75MHz CPU and delivering up to 300 peak MFLOPS, the single-processor POWER Onyx is the world's fastest uniprocessor graphics workstation, bar none. Tightly coupled with either Extreme Graphics or RealityEngine2 graphics subsystems, POWER Onyx creates an entirely new paradigm for affordable supercomputing and visualization.
Innovative CPU Technology
At the core of POWER Onyx is the 64-bit RISC MIPS R8000 microprocessor - the fastest microprocessor in production. Specifically optimized for floating-point performance, the R8000 delivers peak performance roughly equivalent to a Cray YMP processor unit.
The key difference between POWER Onyx and any other supercomputer is its integrated visualization capabilities. POWER Onyx meets the wide-ranging needs of users in such diverse fields as computational chemistry, oil/gas, molecular modeling, weather analysis and modeling, structural and fluid dynamics, image processing, animation rendering, and more.
Extreme Graphics - Interactive Visualization
As the low-cost entry into the POWER Onyx family, Extreme Graphics provides fast interactive 3D graphics and is based on a single graphics board design delivering 600K triangle-meshes per second, 180K Gouraud shaded quads per second, and I million 3D lines per second.
RealityEngine2 - The World's Fastest Graphics
RealityEngine2 graphics subsystems offer the highest performance and most advanced features of any computer graphics system available. RealityEngine2 is based on a scalable and expandable graphics architecture containing 1.2 gigaflops of floating-point processing power dedicated solely to the task of accelerating geometric and image processing functions. Its advanced texturing and antialiasing capabilities deliver unprecedented performance and realism for complex 3D visualization tasks.
Unrivaled Expandability and Performance
Of paramount importance to any computer is a well-balanced system architecture capable of providing sufficient bandwidth for all key aspects of the systemCPU, memory, I/O, graphics, and networking. POWER Onyx is based on a 1.2GB per second system bus that allows for optimum application throughput and maximum expandability. The single-processor POWER Onyx, available in a compact deskside chassis, supports up to 2GB of main memory, 14GB of internal disk storage, and can be easily upgraded to a dual R8000 processor configuration.
Type MIPS R8000 Quantity 1, upgradable to 2 Primary Cache 16KB instructions, 16KB data Additional Cache 4MB per processor SPECint92 108 SPECfp92 310 Peak MFLOPS 300 DP MFLOPS (Linpack 1000x1000) 260
64MB to 2GB 1 or 2-way interleaving ECC protected
Extreme Graphics or RealityEngine2
Extreme Graphics RealityEngine2 Triangle Meshes/sec 600K 1.6M T-Mesh Gouraud Z, lit 370K 1.0M T-Mesh Textured 2K 930K Quad Strips, Gouraud, Z 180K 530K Pixel Fill, smooth, Z 100M 90-360M Pixel Fill, textured n/a 80-320M Pixel Fill, textured, aa n/a 55-220M 24-bit Z yes yes 32-bit Z software only yes Color 24-bit RGB 48-bit RGBA Color Planes 24 192 Overlay/Underlay planes 4 8 Max bits/pixel 56 256-1024 Texture Memory n/a 4 or 16MB Frame Buffer Size 8MB 40 to 160MB Display VGA to 1280x1024 VGA to HDTV
Bandwidth 1.2GB/.sec, parity protected Size 256-bit wide data path 40-bit wide physical Address path
High-Speed I/O Subsystem
Bus Type SGI HIO bus Bandwidth 320MB/sec per HIO bus No. of Buses 1
Industry Standard I/O Subsystem
Bus Type VME64 bus Bandwidth 50MB/sec per VME64 bus No. of Buses 1 No. of Slots 3
Interfaces Up to 8 SCSI-2 channels Protocols SCSI-2, FAST/WIDE, single-ended or differential Max. Bandwidth 20MB/sec per channel Device Capacity 2GB, formatted
SCSI Devices CD-ROM, DAT, 8mm tape drive, 1/4" cartridge tape
Integrated Serial I/O 3 serial ports Ethernet, SCSI-2 Integrated Parallel I/O 1 parallel port VME Controllers Ethernet, FDDI SGI HIO Controllers FDDI, HiPPI, SCSI-2
Chassis Dimensions and Weights
Dimensions Height: 25.2" Width: 20.5" Depth: 32" Net Weight 160 lbs (72.6 kg)
Temperature -20 to +60 C Humidity 10% to 95% non-condensing Altitude 40,000 MSL
Temperature +5 to +35 C Humidity 10% to 80% non-condensing Altitude 10,000 MSL Noise 65dBA
Electrical and Power
Voltage - Standard 110-230 VAC 1 Phase Voltage - Optional 208 VAC 3 Phase US Voltage - Optional 400 VAC 3 Phase Europe Frequency 50/60 Hz Heat Dissipation 16,000 BTU/hr, max (1 Phase) Electrical Service 110 VAC @ 20A (1 Phase) 208 VAC @ 30A (1 Phase) Service Type IEC-309
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