Ultra Network Technologies (previously called Ultra Corporation)


  • Ultra System Innovations (beforehand called Ultra Organization) is a now outdated systems administration organization. It offered fast system items for the logical registering market and in addition some business organizations. It was established in 1986 by James N. Perdue (some time ago of NASA, Ames Inquire about Center), Drew Berding, and Wes Meador (of Control Information Organization) to give higher speed availability and systems administration for supercomputers and their peripherals and workstations. At the time, the main different organizations offering fast systems administration and availability for the supercomputer and top of the line workstation market was System Frameworks Company (NSC) and PC Arrange Innovation Partnership (CNT). They both offered 50 megabytes for each second (MB/s) transmission capacity between controllers yet around then, their engineering was not executed utilizing standard systems administration conventions and their applications were for the most part centered around supporting network at rapid between vast centralized servers and peripherals, regularly just actualizing just indicate point associations. Ethernet was accessible in 1986 and was utilized by most PC places for general systems administration purposes. Its transmission capacity was not sufficiently high to deal with the high information rate required by the 100 MB/s supercomputer channels and 4 MB/s VMEbus channels on workstations.[citation needed] 

  • Ultra's first client, Mac PC, bought a framework to associate their Cray 1 supercomputer to a rapid design framebuffer with the goal that Mac could reproduce new PCs on the Cray Look into PC (at the equipment level) and utilize the framebuffer as the reenacted PC show gadget. In spite of the fact that not a systems administration application, this first contract permitted Ultra to show the essential advances and gave them funding to proceed with improvement on a genuine systems administration processor. 

  • In 1988, Ultra presented ISO TP4 (level 4 organizing convention) as a major aspect of their controllers and actualized a sort of star setup arrange utilizing cajole and fiber optic associations. They called this item, UltraNet. They later offered a quick form of TCP/IP in their controllers, as this convention was most habitually experienced in a real PC focus arrange environment. The clock rates on the Ultra system processors gave 250 Mbit/s exchange rates and four of these could be associated together to accomplish one gigabit for each second exchange rates for a solitary sensible association. Powerful exchange rates between Silicon Representation and Sun Microsystems workstations surpassed 4 MB/s utilizing one 250 Mbit/s physical association, a variable of more than 10 to 12 more noteworthy than then current Ethernet associations and frequently surpassed the viable exchange rates of the contending NSC and CNT associations in comparable applications. Clients with double Cray PCs measured the associations between Cray processors over the UltraNet that surpassed 80 MB/s viable exchange rates. Ultra System Advancements items included system cards for workstations and smaller than normal supercomputers utilizing VMEbus connectors and fiber optic link for the system physical associations, have organize cards which lived in the system center for Cray Supercomputers, IBM centralized servers, scaled down supercomputers from Raised PC, HIPPI standard channel, and others. There were two sizes of rapid system centers that contained the centralized computer have cards in addition to the fiber optic system center point to network center cards. The system topology was as associated center points. Engineers at the Stuttgart College PC focus showed long separation associations utilizing German PTT gave fiber optics of viable exchange rates more than 4 MB/s up to a 800 km remove. Later items consolidated TCP/IP arrange conventions in their processors. 

  • A regular system arrangement of a few workstations and a solitary centralized server host could cost $250,000. A design with numerous workstations and a few centralized server PCs could reach $1 Million. 

  • The organization developed to around 140 representatives at its high point. Its central command was situated at 101 Daggett Drive, San Jose, CA with different workplaces in Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington DC, Düsseldorf, Germany, and Paris, France. In 1992, the organization was surrendered by its financial specialists and sold because of a powerlessness to end up productive and the appearance of less costly system advances, for the most part made by the approach of the higher speed PCs and lower cost workstations utilized as a part of the logical labs; the purchaser was PC Arrange Innovation Partnership of Plymouth, Minnesota (NASDAQ: CMNT). The organization's Administrator of the Board was M. Kenneth Oshman, formally administrator of ROLM Partnership, and President was Stan Tenold, beforehand the president of ROLM's Military Items division. The organization's different clients included some top of the line PC focuses, including, a few NASA destinations, NSA, US Flying corps, US Naval force, Aramco, France's EDF, Pittsburg Supercomputer Center, College of Stuttgart and Hanover, Mac PC, Houston Account, and numerous other such top of the line PC clients.

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