HP talks scalable for Itanium 2 chipset, dualie module
IDF HP is using opening day at the Intel Developer Forum to underscore its role as Itanium 2 cheerleader.
The company is prepping two new products for the 64-bit CPU, the sx1000 chipset and the HP mx 2 dual processor module. The key word for both is "scalability" - more processors on the same number of HP servers and/or bigger servers.
The HP sx1000 chipset is a multi-talented beast, support the forthcoming HP PA 8800 processor as well as the Itanium 2. The chipset also "provides investment protection for PA-RISC customers by enabling them to transition to Itanium-based systems through a simple cell board swap".
HP Itanium 2-based servers will support HP-UX, Linux, Open VMS and what the company says is the "much anticipated Microsoft Windows Server 2003". HP says the
sx1000-based version of Superdome, its big server, should ship with future Itanium 2 processor 6 MB (Madison) in mid-2003. It's following up with sx1000-flavoured mid-range servers in the second half of 2003.
Now for the dualie module: the mx 2 combines two future Itanium 2 processors and a 32-MB L4 cache onto a daughter card which is pin-compatible with current Madison Itanium 2 sockets. The HP mx2 dual processor module is designed to combine two future Itanium 2 processors and a 32-MB L4 cache onto a single daughter card module that is pin-compatible with existing Madison Itanium 2 processor sockets. HP has been very enthusiastic with this announcement as it has no intention of releasing MX2 servers before the first half of 2004.
HP today also proclaimed a clutch of customer wins for Itanium 2, drew attention to the ability of the platform to run SAP, Oracle and BEA enterprise systems, and claimed a big four-processor benchmark result for the Itanium 2-based HP Server using the rx5670 chipset: walk this way for the press release. &Reg;