MUNICH -- During a meeting with European systems developers here, Intel Corp. today 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.
The Itanium 2 processor, formerly code-named "McKinley," will soon be the second in a family of enterprise-class 64-bit processors from Intel.
"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 U.S. company predicted that a four-processor Itanium 2-based system will support more than twice the number of sales and distribution transactions in enterprise computer as a comparable Itanium-based system. Intel also estimates that a four-processor Itanium 2-based system will support about 50% more transactions per minute than a comparable UltraSparc* III system from Sun Microsystems Inc.
In high-performance scientific and technical computing, four-processor Itanium 2-based systems are expected to achieve supercomputing-class performance of more than 13 gigaflops (billion floating-point operations per second), said Intel. That performance is almost twice the performance of a comparable Sun UltraSparc III system, according to the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant.