Microway was incorporated in July, 1982
to develop, produce, and market software for the Intel 8087
coprocessor in the IBM PC. Widely credited with introducing
numeric coprocessors to the general market, Microway became
the primary source and recognized industry leader for numeric
coprocessors and supporting software. Today Microway's reputation
is based on excellence in designing and manufacturing high
density Linux and UNIX workstations and clusters. Trademarks
include Microway, Navion, NodeWatch, Number Smasher, Screamer, SuperCache, NDP,
flickerFIXER, and Quadputer. Despite a wide-reaching influence
over a vast and dynamic marketplace, Microway remains a small
woman-owned business, and a Massachusetts corporation. Microway's GSA contract number is GS-35F-0431N.
introduces compiler libraries, mathematical software packages
and RTOS, a port of Intel's iRMX real time operating system
for the PC.
1985: The industry takes notice as Microway launches its
NumberSmasher, which accelerates the speed of the PC to an
unprecedented 12 MHz and also provides one megabyte of memory
for DOS applications. The same year, a subsidiary is established
1986: Microway designes 287Turbo, which doubles floating
point performance in the IBM PC AT.
1987: Microway announces a line of transputer-based parallel
processing boards, high speed numeric coprocessor cards based
on the Weitek 1167, and flickerFIXER, an enhanced video graphics
board for the Amiga 2000 and 2500.
1988: Another mark is made as Microway becomes the
first company to release 80386-based, protected mode compilers
for DOS, UNIX, and XENIX. These include FORTRAN, Pascal, and
C compilers with full support for the 80387 and Weitek 3167.
1989: The company introduces compilers for the 80486
and begins a development program for the Intel i860 RISCprocessor.
1990: Microway ships its new Number Smasher-860 and
compilers. Also released is FASTCache-SX accelerator which
allows users to run Windows 3.0 in 386 Enhanced Mode on their
1991: Microway introduces NDP compilers for Windows,
and a line of 80486-based custom workstations.
1992: Higher speed processors are added to Microway's
workstation product line, compilers for OS/2, and customized
versions of its compilers for the Japanese NEC and Okidata
1993-1994: The company adds a four processor "QuadPuter-860"
board plus a new line of Intel® Pentium® based File Servers. Software
additions include NDP Fortran-90, LAPACK, a linear algebra
package and NDP FFT, a DSP package.
1995: Microway designs workstations and compilers based
on the Digital Alpha RISC processor.
1996-1997: Industry demand prompts Microway to expand
its offerings of Alpha-based motherboards and custom workstations.
Markets for these include UNIX, Linux and NT File Servers,
RAID Servers, 3D design, video animation, internet applications
and high performance numerics applications.
1998: Microway releases its 64 bit NDP Fortran
compiler for Linux and 667 MHz, 8 MB Cache Alpha
"Screamer" motherboards, integrated in rack-mount
systems and custom workstations.
1999: New technology offerings include hardware and
software products based on the state of the art 21264 EV6
Alpha processor, plus Beowulf configurations with PVM and
2000: The company manufactures its proprietary rack-mount
chassis which houses four processors on two motherboards,
for Beowulf clustering applications. This chassis provides
the highest density configurations possible. The company also
introduces a 4U custom-designed rack-mount chassis for the
264DP dual Alpha. This chassis features an N+1 redundant power
2001: New technology including a dual Alpha in 1U configuration
for compact clustering and Scyld Beowulf cluster management
software are introduced. Microway starts delivering HPTC solutions
to the biotechnology and genome processing markets.
2002: Microway delivers NodeWatch, its remote cluster environmental
monitoring and control hardware/software combination. Microway announces CW Beowulf Cluster Series, powered by Platform Computing software.
Intel chooses Microway as one of five Premier Partners to offer the Itanium®2
introduction. Microway's Chairperson is chosen as a member of Intel's
Premier Partner Advisory Board. Additionally, Microway designs and
manufactures custom 1U Rack chassis with "PUSH/PULL" forced air cooling
for dual AMD® Athlon and dual Intel® Xeon configurations. The Xeon 1U offers 3 PCI slots
and a 460W power supply, unique to the industry.
Microway adds Navion and NumberSmasher®-64 product lines. The Navion product line includes servers and clusters based on the AMD® Opteron processor. The NumberSmasher®-64 includes dual and quad processor servers and clusters based on Intel's Itanium® 2 procssor. Microway Navion Clusters were awarded "Best 64-Bit Turnkey Solution" at Clusterworld. Microway is granted GSA contract number is GS-35F-0431N.
Microway released it's quad and 8 way Opteron SMP platforms in a 4U
configuration with redundant power supplies and multiple removable hard
drive bays. Microway also announced the availability of the commercial
version of MPI Link-Checker, the diagnostic tool for debugging interconnects
in large clusters. Microway was awarded significant cluster contracts with
Harvard University (used for modeling the origins of the universe) and the
University of New Hampshire (used for earth science and space research).
Both clusters employed 64 bit Opteron NavionT compute nodes and fast
Microway debuts its dual core Opteron based clusters and
advanced WhisperStation ultra quiet workstation. Also the company
announced its affiliation with PathScale, as a lead partner to market its
InfiniPath interconnect. In mid 2005, Microway released it FasTree product
line of modular, stackable InfiniBand switches. The company has been
awarded large cluster contracts by Boeing, Brookhaven National Laboratory,
Emory University, NIST, Naval Research Laboratory, and University of
Microway announced MMDS, Microway MPI Diagnostic Suite--a
combination of MPI Link-Checker and FasTree. To further enhance the
reliability of clusters in the field, Microway implements and
installs MPI Link Checker and FasTree on clusters. This
software product checks all links on the cluster and provides a thorough
understanding of the interconnect speed and highlights issues with MPI
Microway delivered Intel Quad-Core Xeon-based clusters and storage servers. The company further developed its Opteron-based ServaStor storage servers with Lustre Parallel File Server software and InfiniBand hardware. Also the company announced its affiliation with RPU manufacturer DRC. Microway exhibited at trade shows including HPCC Newport, HPC on Wall Street, Linux/Open Source on Wall Street, SIFMA Technology Conference in New York and Supercomputing07 in Reno. Large clusters and storage servers were delivered to Alabama Supercomputer, CSC, Georgia Institute of Technology, LLNL, NASA Glenn, University of Massachusetts and University of Georgia.
Microway designed TriComX, an InfiniBand HCA based on new Mellanox ConnectX technology - bringing dramatic improvements to HPC interconnect latency. In conjunction with this, new versions of MPI Link-Checker were introduced improving compatibility with larger HPC workflows. The company also began implementation of AMD quad-core Opteron processors in several large clusters. Microway became an Nvidia PartnerForce Premier dealer, delivering clusters and workstations integrating very high end graphic cards and leading edge Tesla GPUs with CUDA development software. Also introduced was a dual server solution in a 1U package with InfiniBand for applications requiring dense 4P, quad-core Intel or Opteron platforms.
Significant quad-core clusters were delivered to Atmospheric Prediction, Factory Mutual Insurance Company, MIT, New York State Department of Health, and University of Arizona. Trade shows attended included HPCC Newport, Linux/Open Source on Wall Street and NEPCON/OEM East in Boston.
2009 to date:
Microway introduced Intel Xeon 5500 ("Nehalem") series workstations and HPC clusters to its quad core product line. In keeping with its green initiative, Microway's newest Intel platform solutions maximize both energy efficiency and performance density with over twice the performance of previous systems and 30+% power savings. Combined with 93% efficient power supplies, Microway clusters, servers and WhisperStations consume 30% less power and generate less heat. Microway began shipping 36 port QDR InfiniBand switches and ConnectX TriCom HCAs, improving HPC interconnect latency. Many customers purchased Personal Supercomputers with one to four NVIDIA Tesla C1060 GPUs and added S1070 Quad-GPU servers to their computational cluster designs.
Significant quad-core clusters were delivered to universities including: Columbia, Georgia Tech, Harvard, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Northwestern; several US Government Research Laboratories; and corporations including Schlumberger Doll and Tech-X.
Microway is recognized worldwide for products
which push performance of current technology to the limit.
The integrity of our products and service has been proven
time and time again. A glimpse at our customer base illustrates
Microway's scope of influence across the technical computing
industry. Customers for the company's products include major
US Government research laboratories (like CDC, NASA and NIST), Lockheed,
Lucent, Mayo Clinic, Pfizer, Rolls Royce, Seagate, and ISPs and universities in the US and worldwide.