Itanium Rising: Breaking Through Moore's Second Law of Computing Power

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Prentice Hall Professional, 2003 - 198 Seiten
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-- Discusses how the IPF can help a company achieve its vison and goals by breaking away from the Desktop PC model.

-- Provides information on how the IPF can increase your company's IT productivity beyond the limits of current systems.

-- Includes coverage on how to effectively design and implement an IT network around the IPF's abilities.

This book covers the development and application of Itanium. It describes why the revolutionary leap forward in processing power can help CEO's achieve their company's vision. It also discusses the implication of these changes to a company's IT infrastructure. The book touches on issues involving how to move away from the desktop model of computing into implementing a system that best makes use of the IPF. The final section of the book discusses the future of the IPF and the technological changes resulting from it. This will prove to be a helpful guide and forecaster. Moore's Law states that the number of transistors in computer chips, which directly affects how fast a computer can process information, will double every eighteen months. However, computing speed has been held back by Moore's lesser-known second law: more transistors added do not necessarily mean that performance will double every 18 months. Most IT environments today rely on RISC based machines which have been increasing performance over the last several years by adding complexity to the chip to create "superscalar, out-of-order execution engines." While these improvements have continued to increase system power year after year, there are now indications that we cannot depend on RISC to give the same benefits into the future.

 

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Inhalt

Reasons for Itaniumbased Platform Value
6
The Development
11
Moores First Law and its Impact
17
The Wide Word Project
23
Envisioning the Utilization of Itaniums Power
28
Server Consolidation
37
How Itanium Architecture Upholds Moores First
51
In Summary
57
The Aries Dynamic Code Translation Project
109
Itanium Transition from IA32
117
Services for Transition
123
Contents xl
127
Key to Performance in EPIC
134
HewlettPackards Scalable Processor Chipset
147
The Future of EPIC Processors and Systems
155
Appendix A Technology Terms
163

The Register Model
63
Contents
76
The Transition Process
85
The ItaniumHPUX Transition
97
Itanium Case Studies
171
Index
189
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JIM CARLSON, Director of Marketing for Hewlett-Packard Company's Intel Processor Family (IPF)-based systems, is responsible for coordinating and directing Itanium-related marketing activities and product strategies across HP's Computer Systems organization. He also directs plans for helping resellers, ISVs, and users transition to Itanium systems.

JERRY HUCK led architectural work on the Itanium processor family specification as Chief Architect for HP's Application Development Operation, Software & Solutions Organization, Computing Systems. He is now focused on making HP-UX the Itanium's application platform of choice.

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