JC heeft wat info bijeen weten te harken over de performance van de Itanium systemen, die op dit moment aan hard- en software developers geleverd worden. De eerste samples draaien op 600MHz, performance is boven verwachting:
Merced is sampling between 500MHz and 600MHz right now. Clock frequencies at release are expected to be much higher. Performance is above expectations. Confirmation of L1, L2, and L3 cache (and another woohoo from me that they ceased calling it L0, L1, and L2). They'll have a few hundred samples out by the end of this month, and several thousand starting January. It's intended for systems that will cost over $100,000 -- Intel is finally making good on their promise to accelerate the internet.
- Claimed to be ten times faster at SSL than "its peers".
- Peak of 6 GFLOPS with two fpus (is this a single precision count? Using SIMD?).
- Programmers' reference manual in 2000 H1