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 09:54 UTC

> 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

This probably explains why customers are leaving HP with HP-UX and VMS in droves -- absolutely no viable platform for the future. Future of Itanium is questionable to say the least and HP-UX is really behind both Solaris and AIX featurewise. VMS as a platform is already on life support and customers are already pretty feaked about moving from Alpha to Itanic.

> Intel can pretty much put its financial might behind both the Itanium2 and the Xeon64

Itanic already cost about 2 billions to Intel, do you think they gonna keep on bleeding cash on something that is never going to take off? Give me break.

> IBM can push POWER5 to much more aggresive processes than SUN can

As I mentioned in the previous post, processor performance is a leapfrog game and Sun will most definitely catch up with upcoming US IV+ (Fujitsu already caught up with SPARC64 -- 90nm process running at 2Ghz). Only Sun systems are a bargain compared to any POWER system sold by IBM, which in a typical IBM fasion comes as a forklift upgrade ($$$$).