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Intel More than a decade ago, Intel ran into an issue trying to deliver what was to be the world's top-ranked supercomputer: it looked possible that its new Pentium Pro processors at the heart of the system might not arrive in time. As a result, the chipmaker made an unusual move by paying Hewlett-Packard $100,000 to evaluate building the system using its PA-RISC processors in the machine, said Paul Prince, now Dell's chief technology officer for enterprise products but then Intel's system architect for the supercomputer. Called ASCI Red and housed at Sandia National Laboratories, it was designed to be the first supercomputer to cross the threshold of a trillion math calculations per second.
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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by tylerdurden on Thu 24th Sep 2009 00:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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No itanium was never supposed to provide decent X86 execution, if anything it was more focused on PA-RISC compatibility.

And even during the height of the Opteron, Intel was still selling more P4s/Xeons than AMD. It is not that AMD could have killed Intel with Opteron, as much as Opteron allowed AMD to not flat out die.

What many people neglect to understand is that Itanium did what intel set it out to do: kill competing architectures in the high end. MIPS, Alpha, PA-RISC all went the way of the dodo in the mid/high ends. SPARC is hanging by a thread, and PPC is pretty much on life support since IBM is not even clear if there will be a successor to POWER7. Most of the sales from the dismissal of those platforms went to Intel, either Itanium or Xeon is of little relevance, since a sale is a sale. So if anything, I assume Intel sees itanium as a marketing expense, more than a technical expense.

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