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Itanic releases have poured out of the HP and Microsoft vaults at a steady clip of late.

Last week, the two companies joined to set a record on a transaction performance benchmark with a Madison-based Superdome server running Windows Server 2003. Just weeks before that, Microsoft said it had prepped 64-bit Windows XP for Itanic. HP has now followed in kind.

The grizzled Itanium engineers at HP have prepped Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003 for a pair of the company's workstations.

In mid-May, HP will start shipping the Microsoft operating system with the single processor zx2000 and the dual processor zx6000 workstations, the company said today. Both systems run on second generation McKinley chips.

The new OS will join Linux and HP-UX as options on HP's workstations.

Itanic workstations have been around since the chip first crawled out of its hole in 2001. The systems are key to the software porting that must be done to move onto Itanic's EPIC instruction set.

HP's engineers stay busier than most, as they try to shift software off of Alpha, PA-RISC and Xeon chips onto Itanium.

The workstations are also popular in the technical computing market where Itanic has enjoyed some success. Users should appreciate the larger memory support and higher floating point performance with the 64-bit version of XP. ®

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