Intel clone manufacturer AMD has conceded that its K6 will not run as fast in symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) systems as Intel?s K2, but insisted today that it was after the desktop market and not big servers. Intel's Pentium II offers no performance advantage except in SMP systems, but applications for these are still scarce, it claimed.
Richard Baker, European marketing manager at AMD, said Intel's dual independent bus (DIB) was still waiting for applications. ?Grove is telling the truth because he?s comparing the bus with Pentium but he doesn?t say he?s comparing it with systems in the market, " Baker said. ?He?s only talking about multiprocessing and he?s comparing the Pentium II with the Pentium but not with the Pentium Pro. The P II does not offer an advantage over the Pentium on single processor systems. The K6 beats it.?
?Show me the killer application that will take advantage of SMP,? he added.
Major vendors have admitted that they cannot take advantage of future multiprocessing systems until the application software is there. Most will have to rewrite their software for the Microsoft Wolfpack clustering technology, which continues to be delayed, according to Compaq sources, and will be vital for the uptake of SMP systems based on Intel architectures.
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