On Fri, 2003-08-29 at 11:33, William Yu wrote:
> Shridhar Daithankar wrote:
[snip]
> > I am sure. But is 64 bit environment, Xeon is not the compitition. It's PA-RSC-
> > 8700, ultraSparcs, Power series and if possible itanium.
> 
> Well, just because the Opteron is 64-bit doesn't mean it's direct 
> competition for the high-end RISC chips. Yes, if you're looking at the 
> discrete CPU itself, it appears they could compete -- the SpecINT scores 
> places the Opteron near the top of the list. But big companies also need 
> the infrastructure, management tools and top-end scalability. If you 
> just have to have the million dollar machines (128x Itanium2 servers or 
> whatever), AMD is nowhere close to competing unless Beowulf clusters fit 
> your needs.

With the proper motherboards and chipsets, it can definitely compete.

What's so special about Itanic-2 that it can be engineered to be
put in 128x boxes and run VMS and high-end Unix , but Opti can't?
Nothing.  If a company with enough engineering talent wants to do
it, it can happen.

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