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Future x86 designs versus SUN, ITANIUM and POWER

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February 19, 2007 4:58:46 PM

Hi guys,

I´m just curious about the AMD x Intel performance/price War will (or it is) hurting others processors designs like EPIC from Intel, POWER from IBM and SUN Rock

The main advantages of server chips is the scalability but Barcelona and future designs from AMD and Intel will made the x86 world more scalable than ever. A good example is the Roadrunner supercomputer from IBM that uses thousands of opterons and cells processors

In the next 10 years the x86 (AMD64 and EM64T) will dominate the server market complitely ??
February 19, 2007 7:25:40 PM

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Hi guys,

I´m just curious about the AMD x Intel performance/price War will (or it is) hurting others processors designs like EPIC from Intel, POWER from IBM and SUN Rock

The main advantages of server chips is the scalability but Barcelona and future designs from AMD and Intel will made the x86 world more scalable than ever. A good example is the Roadrunner supercomputer from IBM that uses thousands of opterons and cells processors

In the next 10 years the x86 (AMD64 and EM64T) will dominate the server market complitely ??

I doubt the price war is affecting them. What you are describing is a completely different market from what AMD and Intel are targeting IMO.
February 19, 2007 7:39:07 PM

I totally agree with you, two different markets but if there a possibility to make a system with 64 opteron sockets (or Xeon) and Dell (or even IBM and Sun) or any other manufacture could offer with very low prices why a CIO will buy the expensive one ??

IBM, SUN and HP sells there system at premium prices
February 19, 2007 8:40:04 PM

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why a CIO will buy the expensive one ??


I suspect the kind of people who are buying expensive systems are typically deploying them in areas where the cost of a few hours downtime is more than the cost of the server. In that situation if replacing a Sun unix server with a Dell windows server means a few hours extra downtime a year, then you've made a loss, not a saving.
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