Eight systems vendors will demonstrate prototype servers and workstations based on Intel's forthcoming 64bit Itanium processor at the chip giant's developer forum this week.
Bull, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, Hewlett Packard, IBM, SGI and NEC will unveil servers and workstations running a mixture of operating systems and ebusiness related applications. The offerings will begin shipping in the second half of this year.
Intel has also promised to unveil new tools and developer information, including the IA 64 software developer's manual. This provides information on the complete programming environment, including application and system level architecture, IA 64 instruction set, optimisation techniques and other information to aid programmers in developing application software for the processor.
Kea Grilley, Intel's director of platform marketing, said: "IA 64 and the Itanium processor is this year's biggest track. We will be demonstrating the IA 64 program and giving roadmap details on how to develop hardware and software on the platform."
She added that Intel would also detail the availability of open source Linux tools for IA 64.
At the same time, the company also claimed that users of server applications such as business intelligence, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management would benefit from Itanium's enhanced reliability, better performance and its ability to support a larger number of users.
It also attested that the processor's floating point performance, large cache memory and high bandwidth bus made it suitable for high performance workstations such as those used for mechanical design automation, digital content creation, financial modelling and scientific and technical computing applications.
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