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SubjectRe: Minutes from Feb 21 LSE Call
On Sun, Feb 23, 2003 at 11:13:03AM -0800, David Mosberger wrote:
> This simply isn't true. Itanium and Itanium 2 have full x86 hardware
> built into the chip (for better or worse ;-). The speed isn't as good
> as the fastest x86 chips today, but it's faster (~300MHz P6) than the

That hardly counts as reasonably performant: the slowest mainstream chips
from Intel and AMD are clocked well over 1 GHz. At least x86-64 will
improve the performance of the 32 bit databases people have already
invested large amounts of money in, and it will do so without the need
for a massive outlay of funds for a new 64 bit license. Why accept
more than 10x the cost to migrate to ia64 when a new x86-64 will improve
the speed of existing applications, and improve scalability with the
transparent addition of a 64 bit kernel?

-ben
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