[Beowulf] SCI Socket latency: 2.27 microseconds

Chris Samuel csamuel at vpac.org
Mon Mar 1 17:09:55 EST 2004


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On Tue, 2 Mar 2004 01:51 am, Kenneth Farmer wrote:

> From: "Andrew Wang" <andrewxwang at yahoo.com.tw>
>
> > No wonder Intel killed IA64 and released 64-bit x86
> > (aka IA32e) a week or two ago...
>
> Intel killed IA64?  Where did you come up with that?

Intel certainly haven't announced the death of Itanium, but you've got to 
wonder about its long term future when Intel start producing 64-bit AMD 
compatible chips. Also see [1] below.

This is more the question of what will the market do when choosing between 
them, especially as HPC is only really a niche (though a fairly high spending 
one) compared to the general computing market.

The big advantage AMD have is that "legacy" 32-bit apps will be around for a 
long long time to come (look at the mass clamour for MS to continue 
supporting Win98, something they'd hoped would be dead a long time ago) and 
that gives the hybrids a big advantage in the general market.

I guess it comes down to a business decision on Intel as to whether they feel 
the demand for Itanium is enough to justify its continued development.

Note that I'm not saying the demand per se isn't there, I've got absolutely no 
idea on the matter!

cheers,
Chris

[1] - for those who haven't seen it, here's Linus's response to the launch:

		http://kerneltrap.org/node/view/2466

- -- 
 Christopher Samuel - (03)9925 4751 - VPAC Systems & Network Admin
 Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing http://www.vpac.org/
 Bldg 91, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton South, VIC 3053, Australia

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