MUNICH, Germany During a meeting with European systems developers here Wednesday (May 29), Intel Corp. predicted that its upcoming 64-bit Itanium 2 microprocessor will deliver up to 1.5-to-2 times the performance of today's enterprise computers based on existing Itanium processors.
Formerly code-named McKinley, the Itanium 2 will be the second in Intel's family of enterprise-class 64-bit processors.
"As system availability begins mid-year and grows throughout 2002, IT and line of business users will be able to deploy high-performance, standards-based technology for their most data-intensive, business-critical applications," predicted Mike Fister, senior vice president and general manager for Intel's Enterprise Platforms Group.
During this week's European edition of the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant predicted that a four-processor Itanium 2-based system will support more than twice the number of sales and distribution transactions as a system with four Itanium processors. Intel also estimates that a four-processor Itanium 2-based system will support about 50 percent more transactions per minute than a comparable UltraSparc III system from Sun Microsystems Inc.
In high-performance scientific and technical computers, systems with four Itanium 2 processors are expected to achieve supercomputing-class performance of more than 13 gigaflops (billion floating-point operations per second), said Intel. That's almost twice the performance of a comparable Sun UltraSparc III system, according to Intel.