Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th May 2009 21:06 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems This morning, the Itanium Solutions Alliance put out a statement with some vague numbers showing the strength of the Itanium server platform in 2008. By IDC's reckoning of the server space in the fourth quarter, shipments of Itanium-based machines rose by 18 per cent and it was the seventh straight quarter of sales that crested above $1bn for the Itanium server category. Data from Gartner's report covering 2008's server sales indicated that Itanium machines outgrew RISC-based alternatives in terms of sales and shipments, growing share in each category.
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RE[2]: Itanium is still around?
by renox on Wed 6th May 2009 19:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Itanium is still around?"
renox
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2005-07-06

Itanium basically took over the space previously occupied by Alpha: little-endian, RISC-based CPU designed from the ground up for 64-bit mathematical operations and memory addressing.

The Alpha was in fact bi-endian, and the normal load/store instructions (the one which used less cycles) were the big endian one if memory serves (the cycle cost for little endian was small though)

[Itanium] is a clean architecture

I wouldn't call an architecture designed for an 'imaginary super-compilers' clean..

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Hypnos Member since:
2008-11-19

According to the Wikipedia page on endianness, Alpha only runs in big-endian mode on Crays. However, I was not aware at all that Alpha had this capability -- thanks for the knowledge.

As for Itanium, I guess clean != effective ;) Also, apparently it can do bi-endian as well ...

Edited 2009-05-07 03:05 UTC

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