The programme allows applications designed for Sparc servers running Solaris to run on Itanium 2 systems.
A lack of third-party applications is one of the major problems facing Itanium on its quest to reach mainstream adoption.
The Sparc/Solaris migration programme aims to provide an instant boost to the number of applications available on the platform.
In an effort to further grow the number of available applications, the Itanium Solutions Alliance has also launched a $50,000 programming contest.
Prizes will be awarded in three categories: humanitarian impact; increase in business effectiveness; and improvement of business operations for smaller businesses.
The group was created to drum up support for the platform after Itanium failed to meet early market expectations, and ensure interoperability of applications between different vendors' systems.
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