Tukwila Update - article online

Article: Tukwila Update
By: someone (someone.delete@this.somewhere.com), February 6, 2009 9:19 am
Room: Moderated Discussions
Linus Torvalds (torvalds@linux-foundation.org) on 2/6/09 wrote:
>someone (someone@somewhere.com) on 2/6/09 wrote:
>>IDC says the average Itanium system sold for HPC in 2007
>>had 7 processors and was priced at $8966 per processor.
>>That means 150,000 processors shipped just for HPC and
>>HPC was less than a third of IPF sales in 2007. IPF sales
>>in each of Q1, Q2, and Q3 2008 were higher YoY according
>>to public IDC and HP statements and I doubt system price
>>per processor went up *at all* in 2008 let alone by a big
>>Your implied claim of an average of 4.1 processors per
>>Itanium system can't pass a basic sniff test.
>I think it does.
>In fact, it's even easily explained: one counts processors
>as "cores", and another counts processors as "sockets".
>I would expect that most of the Itaniums sold would be
>dual-core. And suddenly the numbers don't look all that
>different any more. The 150k "processors" in 2007 were
>just 70k sockets, and if that's a third of the whole, then
>you had 200k sockets for the whole year.

Not a chance. Go price an rx2660 or BL860C configured
for HPC work. It is clearly $9k per populated socket, not
per core. BTW, I have seen an SGI sales document for
their VARs for bidding Montecito based 350s and 4700s
from early 2007. They were ready, willing, and able to
come under $9k per socket by a significant amount.

Speaking of VARs, here is an HP VAR that's clearing
out their Montecito inventory in favour of Montvale and
ahead of Tukwila:


Bl860C with two 9040 Montecitos (1.6 GHz/18 MB) - $5400

That's $1350 a core.

BTW go look at the x86 numbers - $2151 "per CPU". If you
think 2s/4c x86 HPC nodes sold for $8k in 2007 then I have
a bridge I'd like to sell you.
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