November 16, 2005

Mercury, Terra Soft offer Linux for Cell

Kai Staats writes "Mercury Computer Systems and Terra Soft Solutions to Offer First Commercially Available Linux Support Package for Cell Processor-Based Products

SEATTLE, Wash. - 15 November 2005 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), announced its collaboration with Terra Soft Solutions to deliver a complete Linux distribution for the Mercury Dual Cell-Based Blade, at Supercomputing 2005. The Dual Cell-Based Blade, announced on October 6, is Mercury's first product based on the IBM(R) Cell BE (Broadband Engine) processor.

Terra Soft Solutions, the leading developer of integrated Power Architecture Linux solutions and a value-added reseller for Mercury, will provide a Board Support Package for the Mercury Dual Cell-Based Blade by January 2006.

"Terra Soft Solutions has a strong track record for providing quality board support packages to IBM, Freescale, and Mercury," said Randy Dean, vice president of Business and Product Development at Mercury. "We are pleased to work with this trusted team."

Terra Soft Solution's Board Support Package will enable a simple, rapid installation and netboot-capable Linux environment for the Mercury Dual Cell-Based Blade.

In 2006, Terra Soft Solutions will continue its work with Mercury to integrate the Board Support Package into its Y-HPC cluster construction and management suite, enabling effective and efficient build-out of Mercury Cell processor-based clusters.

Kai Staats, co-founder & CEO of Terra Soft Solutions, said: "In line with our seven years of dedication to Power(TM), our work with Mercury and their Cell-processor based products is perfectly timed for an historic industry transition. At a time when individual processor frequencies no longer define the leading product, the Cell processor's 1+8 processor architecture introduces an entirely new way of designing for computationally intensive applications. Mercury's in-depth knowledge and experience with high-density, mission-critical systems, combined with our expertise in Power Architecture Linux, can only result in a performance advantage for our customers."

The Mercury Dual Cell-Based Blade conforms to the IBM BladeCenter(R) form factor, integrating server, storage, networking; scalability, and high-performance computing for a variety of applications. Scalable to seven blades in a 7U configuration, the Dual Cell-Based Blade is expected to provide up to 2.8 TeraFLOPS per 7U chassis, and up to 16 TeraFLOPS in a six-foot rack. The Dual Cell-Based Blade is slated for release in early 2006.

For more information on the Board Support Package, visit Terra Soft and Mercury staff in booth 1664 at Supercomputing 2005, Seattle, November 14-18, or visit For more information on Mercury's Cell processor-based products, visit

About Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.
Terra Soft is a leading Integrated Solutions Provider with proven expertise in the Power Architecture and Linux OS platform. As a Mercury, Apple, and Genesi VAR, and IBM Business Partner, Terra Soft provides turnkey and build-to-order portables, desktop workstations, HA servers, and HPC clusters. Terra Soft's Y-HPC 64-bit OS and cluster construction suite is widely accepted as a preferred platform for Xserve clusters.

  For more information, visit

About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading provider of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing solutions. Mercury's solutions play a critical role in a wide range of applications, transforming sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms the Company's systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data. Mercury's solutions are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging devices including MRI, PET, and digital X-ray, and in semiconductor imaging applications including photomask generation and wafer inspection. Mercury provides advanced 3D image processing and visualization software and optimized systems to diverse end markets including life sciences, geosciences, and simulation. The Company also provides radio frequency (RF) products for enhanced communications capabilities in military and commercial applications.

Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury serves customers in North America, Europe and Asia through its direct sales force and a network of subsidiaries and distributors. Visit Mercury on the web at

Kathy Donahue, Public Relations Manager
  Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
  978-967-1126 / kdonahue at mc dot com

Kai Staats, Co-founder & CEO
  Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.
  970-278-9243 / kstaats at terrasoftsolutions dot com

IBM(R), BladeCenter, Power and Power Architecture are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Product and company names mentioned may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective holders."


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