HP Wins Oracle Lawsuit

HP has won its lawsuit against Oracle over the Itanium platform. Good news for HP, customers and the industry, as Oracle is required to update and support existing Itanium software as long as HP continues to sell servers.

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A Historical Look at the VAX: DEC, NVAX, Alpha and Competitors

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A Historical Look at the VAX: DEC, NVAX, Alpha and the Competition [Part II] Editor’s Note and Introduction: This series of articles first appeared last summer in the comp.arch newsgroup, in a series of posts by John Mashey. Since then, it has been updated, edited and enriched with additional material and graphs by David Kanter, […]

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A Historical Look at the VAX: Microprocessor Economics

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Editor’s Note: This series of articles first appeared last summer in the comp.arch newsgroup, in a series of posts by John Mashey. Since then, it has been updated, edited and enriched with additional material and graphs by David Kanter, all with permission of the author. Introduction The VAX was an orthogonal, 32-bit CISC instruction set […]

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The Battle in 64 bit Land: Merchant Chips on the Rise

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This is the fourth article in a series that that started in 2000 with The Looming Battle in 64 bit Land, followed by The Battle in 64 bit Land Revisited in 2001, and The Battle in 64 bit Land, 2003 and beyond in 2003.

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The Battle in 64 bit Land, 2003 and Beyond

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Paul updates his analysis of the 64-bit computing landscape for 2003.

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Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill

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An examination of the design weaknesses in the Intel Itanium
processor and speculation on the many possible ways that the 2nd
generation McKinley processor could have improved on Itanium.

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Compaq Sacrifices Alpha

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Paul muses about the recent Compaq/Intel agreement, and the apparent demise of the Alpha processor design. What does it mean for high-end system users, and who will compete with Intel now?

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The Battle in 64 bit Land Revisited

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This is an update of ‘The Looming Battle in 64 bit Land’. The milestones achieved by each of the major players over the past 12 months are reviewed and the near future competitive prospects of the major 64 bit microprocessor families are examined.

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Countdown to IA-64

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A summary of the long and twisted road taken by Intel and HP’s EPIC/VLIW research program and an examination of the issues and unknowns leading up to the roll-out of Merced/Itanium, the first IA-64 processor.

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Notes from ISSCC 2001

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Paul DeMone gives a rundown of the interesting papers on microprocessor design from the last ISSCC Conference.

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