Itanium --- where?

Intel's big gag at IDF made during Pat Gelsinger's presentation was demonstrating an Itanium-based Hitachi blade server system running Sun Microsystems' Solaris OS, calling it the "highest performing SPARC machine in the industry." This demo was done with the help of Transitive, a virtualization vendor whose Quick-Transit technology allows applications that have been compiled for one operating system and processor to run on servers that use a different processor and operating system.

Charles King has penned an article, Intel's Itanium -- time to reconsider?, which highlights several points which I agree with.

  • Itanium sales are still anemic when compared against IBM POWER and Sun UltraSPARC-based servers
  • ...despite positive news and good vibes, Montecito's arrival obscured a singular issue: Itanium's failure to deliver on promises originally proposed by Intel and its primary IA-64 partner HP.
  • Intel continues to press Itanium's potential as a replacement/migration solution for competing UNIX platforms, HP is the only vendor that is likely to gain significantly from that position.
  • Transitive's Solaris-to-Itanium migration demo at IDF was technically interesting, we do not believe the company's solutions will drive significant revenues toward Itanium vendors or customers away from Sun and IBM's UNIX solutions
We'll see what the future holds.........but I doubt that there will be many (if any) customers running Solaris/SPARC apps on Itanium. <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript"> var sc_project=1115798; var sc_invisible=1; var sc_partition=10; var sc_security="a3cd786a"; </script> <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="http://www.statcounter.com/counter/counter.js"></script>
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Hello, does Solaris run on Itanium? I thought it runs only on x86-32 and AMD64 but not on I64? Regards

Posted by Dennis on October 13, 2006 at 09:50 PM PDT #

No, Solaris was NOT running on Itaniun. There was a linux variant running on the Itanium with Transitive's software that allowed pre-compiled Solaris-Sparc applications to run on top of Linux by converting the Sparc instructions to Itanium instructions.

Posted by Jim on October 13, 2006 at 11:54 PM PDT #

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