Grande Vitesse Systems

GVS9000 2U technical specifications

Running on the most powerful operating systems in the industry, UNIX, GVS9000 PowerPC offers users the utmost in expansion capability, and delivers outstanding performance for demanding applications where stability and speed are issues such as high definition video, military, airline, medical and many others. With internal RAID storage capable of exceeding 2.0TB RAID, speed pick at 3.2GBit/sec, rugged 64-bit application code, complete 2U rack space, and rugged design it allows you to take a single product on the road.

Dual or single PowerPC 970FX microprocessors PowerPC processor architecture with 64-bit data paths and registers
Native support for 32-bit application code
512K on-chip L2 cache running at processor speed
Parallel data structure supporting up to 215 simultaneous in-flight instructions
Simultaneous issue of up to 10 out-of-order operations
Dual-pipeline Velocity Engine for 128-bit singleinstruction, multiple-data (SIMD) processing
Two independent double-precision floating-point units
Advanced three-stage branch-prediction logic
One 1GHz or two 1GHz 64-bit DDR frontside bus supporting up to 20 GBps data throughput; one on each processor on dual processor systems
Point-to-point system controller

128-bit data paths for up to 6.4-GBps memory throughput
PowerPC 970 single and dual model
  256MB of ECC (400MHz) DDR SDRAM
Four DIMM slots supporting up to 4GB of main memory
PowerPC 970FX dual systems
  512MB of ECC (400MHz) DDR SDRAM
Eight DIMM slots supporting up to 8GB of main memory
Support for the following DIMMs (in pairs):
  128MB DIMMs (64-bit-wide, 128- or 256-Mbit)
256MB DIMMs (64-bit-wide, 128- or 256-Mbit)
512MB DIMMs (64-bit-wide, 256-Mbit)
1GB DIMMs (64-bit-wide, 256-Mbit)
Graphics and Displays:
PCI-X Graphics slot supporting up to 2-GBps data throughput, with one of the following graphics cards installed:
  ATI with 32MB of DDR SDRAM
(occupies a PCIe slot)
ATI pro with 128MB of DDR SDRAM 15-pin VGA
DVI and S-Video (occupies a PCI-X slot)

Support for Analog resolutions up to 2048 by 1536 pixels @ 85Hz and 1920 by 1080-pixel resolution @ 120Hz
Support for digital resolutions up to 1920 by 1200 pixels @ 60Hz
S-Video, VGA and DVI connectors; DVI to VGA adapter included Dual display support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes Support for up to 4 GVS Panoramic displays

Three Serial ATA controllers supporting up to 150-MBps data throughput per hard drive on board
Up to 8 Serial ATA controllers support with PCI interface card Up to 12 SATA Drive w/Nomadic 4U
Four 3.5-inch hard drive expansion bays with hotswap drive bay support up to 4 removable drive

  Serial ATA, UltraATA(EIDE), UltraSCSI320 and 2GB Fibre drive support
80GB, 160GB, 250GB, 400GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA drive installed in any custom configurations
80GB, 120GB, 160GB and 250GB 7200-rpm 400GB and 500GB SATA drive installed in any custom configurations
36GB and 73GB 15,000-rpm 146GB and 300GB 10,000-rpm UltraSCSI 320 drive installed in any number of configurations
36GB and 73GB 15,000-rpm 146GB and 300GB 10,000-rpm 2GB Fibre drive installed in any number of configurations
Support for up to 8 internal Serial ATA drives;
4000GB maximum system capacity
8MB memory buffers on all hard drives
One Optical drive bay with DVD-R(DVD-R/CD-RW) installed; writes DVD-R discs at up to 8x speed, reads DVDs at up to 4x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to16x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 10x speed, reads CDs at up to 32x speed
Panasonic LF-D291 Internal SCSI DVD-RAM drive option
slim DVD-R/-RW CD-RW 16X/10X/24X drive option
PCI Expansion:
One of the following configurations:
  Single and dual PowerPC 970MP two open full-length 64-bit, 133MHz PCIe slots
Dual 2GHz One open full-length 64-bit, 133MHz
PCI-X slot or two open full-length 64-bit 100MHz PCI-X slots

Two 1000GB-T/10GB-T connector (RJ-45)
Built-in serial port (RS-232)
Expansion slot for optional PCI slot
External AirPort Extreme antenna
Optional Bluetooth 1.1 module and antenna

Peripherals and Audio:
Two FireWire 800 ports and one FireWire 400 port
(2 on back panel, one in the front)
Two USB 2.0 ports (two on back panel), two USB
1.1 ports on keyboard optional
PCI headphone mini jack and speaker option
Optical digital audio in and out Toslink connectors optional
Stereo audio in and out mini jacks optional

Electrical and Environmental Requirements:
Line voltage: 90-132V AC or 180-264V AC
Frequency: 47Hz to 63Hz, single phase
Maximum current: 5.4A (low-voltage range) or 2.2A (high-voltage range)
Output power: 400W
Operating temperature: 50X to 95XF (10X to 35XC )
Storage temperature: -40X to 116XF (-40X to 47XC)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet

Size and Weight:
Height: 3.4 inches (83 mm)
Width: 17.0 inches (416mm)
Depth: 19.38 inches (492mm)
Weight: 39.2 pounds (17.8 kg) (14)


For hard drive capacity measurements, 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less by 5% base on OS. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process. GVS custom configures each Nomadic2U based on customer specification from block size. Each drive goes through an extensive burn-in period prior to shipment. Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Above specifications may change without notice. Nomadic2UR designed and manufactured in the U.S. by GVS-Grande Vitesse Systems Inc.


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GVS, Inc. (Headquarters)
390 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
ph: 415-777-0320
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call: 800-794-4622
  GVS, Inc. (Manufacturing)
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Burbank, CA 91504