RS/6000

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The IBM pSeries, formerly called RS/6000 (for RISC System/6000), is IBM's current RISC/UNIX-based workstation and server computer line. Announced in 1990, the RS/6000 replaced the RT-PC. It is based on the IBM POWER CPU architecture and runs the AIX operating system and more recently the Linux operating system.

A wide range of models are available, the top end systems as of July 2004 being the eServer p5 series, running AIX 5L V5.3 and PowerPC64 Linux 2.6.

Deep Blue was the first computer system to win a chess game against a reigning world champion (Garry Kasparov) under regular time controls. It is a massively parallel, 30-node, RS/6000, SP-based computer system enhanced with 480 special purpose VLSI chess processors. Its chess playing program is written in C and runs under the AIX operating system. It is capable of evaluating 100,000,000 positions per second.

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This article was originally based on material from the Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, which is licensed under the GFDL.

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