Intel, Silicon Graphics Inc., and NEC Corp presented demonstrations of a basic Linux kernel running on Itanium chips at the LinuxWorld conference in San Jose. NEC demonstrated a 16-way Itanium server using its custom-designed Azusa chip set. Performance, however, lagged far behind the promised 800 MHz mark in the demos. Intel recently postponed Itanium’s release date one quarter to the end of this year, but the head of Intel’s architecture group remains optimistic about hitting his targets.
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