Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 26th Nov 2004 19:57 UTC, submitted by Dave Finger
SGI and IRIX The company is Silicon Graphics Incorporated, or SGI, which once was famous for its high-powered graphics and 3-D workstations but has fallen on hard times of late. SGI now focuses on supercomputers, but there's a tiny coterie of fans dedicated to keeping the company's aging but high-powered workstations alive. On a similar note, the every-three-months maintaince release of Irix is 3 months late.
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Itanium is far from dead
by Anonymous on Mon 29th Nov 2004 08:03 UTC

Funny how some of the posters defend SPARC as a viable product while knelling the death bell for Itanium. Truth is that besides POWER, no one can come close to Itanium's performance at least in the high end FP arena. Which is what SGI and other supercomputing vendors are targetting...

Just because you can not go to your local retailer and build an itaninum machine to play with during those lonely nights at your parent's basement, doesn't mean that the platform is dead.

SPARC has had some serious issues in the past couple of years. First off, since the early nineties SPARC has been pretty much behind the performance curve. Second SUN had to scrap the US V because they just could not get out-of-order working on their own design and had to beg Fujitsu for the SPARC64, which in its latest incarnation implements OOrder and it beats the crap out of SUN's own US designs. And lastly, SUN has relied on TI as its primary fab partner when they (TI) have some serious issues with their own process technologies and haven't been able to push US IV to any sort of competitive plateu with respect to POWER5 or Itanium2.

Sad to see SGI MIPS dissapear (not the embedded MIPS which is a separate entity from SGI's MIPS), but onestly all they have produced in the past decade is new implementations of the R10K core. They had some serious designs in the pipeline in the late 90's that could have kept them in the forefront with Alpha, but Belluzo made sure his sh*t got all over the company....