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IBM & the Itanium 2

IBM & the Itanium 2

According to IBM, HP was crazy to commit to the Itanium so early and crazier still to disassociate itself from scaling beyond eight processors with Intel’s 32-bit chips.

IBM of course has yet to enter a pony in the Itanium 2 stakes though one is bound to show up this quarter.

IBM’s Itanium 2 servers are supposed to go much the same way its Foster-based 440 has and start with two- and four-ways and then go eight and 16, all apparently this year, with a 32-way model out next year. The x440 and IBM’s prospective IPF machines are both based on versions of the company’s proprietary Summit chipset.

IBM will reportedly focus initially on the technical/scientific markets and software development since there’s still little in the way of IA-64 programs around, one of the gating factors HP seems to have forgotten, IBM says.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at) or paperboy(at), and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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