Agenda Item No.

Washburn University Board of Regents

SUBJECT: IBM RS 6000 SP2 Node Purchase


Washburn University purchased an IBM RS600 SP2 computer system in July, 1998, and an additional node for the School of Applied Studies in November of 1998. The SP2 has been developed by IBM and uses the same AIX operating system currently in use by the Academic Computer Center. The SP2 NUMA architecture has four 332 MHz processors per node, and can be configured with up to 16 nodes. The original purchase included two nodes with the ability to add more nodes. This purchase will add a fourth node.

The additional nodes for the RS 6000 SP2 are available only from an IBM reseller. Quotations were requested from nine IBM resellers. Responses were received from six suppliers.

National Data Systems, Seattle, WA. $34,500.00

Computer Savings Corp., Phoenix, AZ $39,795.00

Datatrend Technologies, Minnetonka, MN $41,500.00

Source One, Boise, ID $41,922.00

Computer Products, Boulder, CO $50,726.00

Champion Computer, Boca Raton, FL $65,500.00



This purchase was budgeted in account 13-06590 in an amount not to exceed $38,000. The lowest and best price from national Data Systems at $34,500 is within that budget limitation.


President Farley recommends the Board of Regents approve the low responsive bid from National Data Systems in the amount of $34,500.00

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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President

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