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Intel sees a clear leap in performance in the Itanium 2

Intel sees a clear leap in performance in the Itanium 2

Intel today released performance estimates for its new Itanium 2 as part of the IDF. The higher data speeds and the improved architecture suggest that servers and workstations with the processor will offer 1.5 to 2 times higher performance than today's Itanium systems.

The Itanium 2 processor, formerly known by the code name McKinley, is expected in systems by the middle of this year and belongs to the Intel Itanium processor family. Based on tests with an Itanium 2 prototype System sees clear advantages for Intel in various applications.

For example, a system with four Itanium 2 processors supports around 50 percent more transactions per minute than a comparable Sun UltraSparc III system. A system with an Itanium 2 processor achieves a base value of 1350 in the SPECfp2000 floating point benchmark. This corresponds to almost double the base value of 701 on comparable UltraSparc III and Itanium-based systems. In the SPECint2000 integer benchmark, a system with an Itanium 2 processor achieves a base value of 700 or higher, which is about 30 percent better than an UltraSparc III system.

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