Itanium Rising: Breaking Through Moore's Second Law of Computing Power
-- 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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Reasons for Itaniumbased Platform Value
Moores First Law and its Impact
The Wide Word Project
Envisioning the Utilization of Itaniums Power
How Itanium Architecture Upholds Moores First
The Aries Dynamic Code Translation Project
Itanium Transition from IA32
Services for Transition
Key to Performance in EPIC
HewlettPackards Scalable Processor Chipset
The Future of EPIC Processors and Systems
Appendix A Technology Terms