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: Anonymous (IP: ---.dyn.iinet.net.au)
by Anonymous on Mon 29th Nov 2004 09:16 UTC

Obviously you do not seem to understand that the UltraSparc IV is well behind both POWER and Itanium with respect to any sort of significant performance indicator. IBM can push POWER5 to much more aggresive processes than SUN can, and Intel can pretty much put its financial might behind both the Itanium2 and the Xeon64. Either SUN gets something out with the SPARC64 technology in it pronto, or the future of SPARC is more than questionable. Period, no matter how much pink paint you lay over your spectacles.

As for HP moving over to Opteron, well... you seem to think that offering a couple of products based on the processor means that HP is somehow moving over to that platform... hello? Can you get an Opteron Superdome? Can you get HP-UX or VMS based Opteron systems? Since the answer to those questions is no, I sincerelly doubt that HP is thinking about dumping Itanium for Opteron anytime soon, if ever. They will edge their bets, no doubt... but please use common sense... HP and Intel both invested way too much on the itanium to just give it up like some of you seem to assume.