[Linux-ia64] Itanium gets supercomputing software

David Mosberger davidm at napali.hpl.hp.com
Thu Apr 10 19:39:46 EDT 2003


>>>>> On Fri, 11 Apr 2003 06:55:30 +1000, Duraid Madina <duraid at octopus.com.au> said:

  Duraid> You and I both know the only real barrier to Itanium
  Duraid> adoption is the price. Can anyone here shed some light on
  Duraid> this? Why is Itanium hardware still so expensive?

Remember that Intel is targeting Itanium 2 against Power4 and SPARC.
In that space, the price of Itanium 2 is very competitive.

  Duraid> Seriously, IA64 must be the first architecture in history
  Duraid> where a software simulator is still being developed 4 years
  Duraid> after commercial availability of silicon (indeed, entire
  Duraid> systems).

What's a software simulator got to do with anything?  Certain things
are easier to develop on a simulator, others are easier to develop on
hardware.  Nothing unique to IA64.

	--david
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