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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Re: Itanium is far from dead
by Anonymous on Mon 29th Nov 2004 09:08 UTC

> aven't been able to push US IV to any sort of competitive plateu with respect to POWER5 or Itanium2

Processor benchmarks are a constant leapfrog game, the fact UltraSparc is now a little behind in performance compared to Power doesn't mean much as UltraSparc IV+ is coming out fairly soon and will probably leapfrog Power in performance. Plus there is much more to processor viability than just SPECfpu or SPECint, which most people do not even consider seriously nowadays -- what matters is overall system price/performance, this is exactly where SPARC platforms are quite a bit stronger than both Power and Itanic.

And oh yeah, Itanium is pretty dead -- even HP steering more towards Opteron nowadays, there is no future for it anymore.