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Virtual Memory II: the return of objrmap

Virtual Memory II: the return of objrmap

Posted Mar 21, 2004 15:34 UTC (Sun) by alpharomeo (guest, #20341)
In reply to: Virtual Memory II: the return of objrmap by leandro
Parent article: Virtual Memory II: the return of objrmap

Not sure what "Intel killed the Alpha" means. Alphas are available now (e.g., Compaq ES-47) and the Alpha technology is planned to be integrated into the Itanium product line starting in '06. Do you know something different?


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Virtual Memory II: the return of objrmap

Posted Apr 16, 2004 18:20 UTC (Fri) by leandro (guest, #1460) [Link]

> what "Intel killed the Alpha" means

Alpha ceased to be developed.

> Alphas are available now (e.g., Compaq ES-47)

Expensive, limited, substandard. In other words, not developed neither as technology nor as a platform.

> the Alpha technology is planned to be integrated into the Itanium

Processor architecture is not like Lego where you can mix and match. The Itanium and Alpha architectures are fundamentally different and philosophically opposed. Some Alpha tricks may be incorporated into Itanium, but it will never see the potential Alpha had, and POWER still has but with a different focus. Some argue that nothing has the potential Alpha had.


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