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Itanium Rising: Breaking Through Moore's Second Law of Computing Power

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Leveraging the revolutionary power of the Itanium processor family.

The Itanium processor family has come of age, giving high-end server and workstation buyers the powerful price/performance benefits that PC buyers have long taken for granted. In Itanium Rising, two leaders of HP's Itanium processor initiative present the first systematic guide for business and technical professionals who are implementing or evaluating Itanium technologies. Jim Carlson and Jerry Huck show why Itanium is so revolutionary—and offer a complete blueprint for translating its immense power into true competitive advantage.

  • Why Itanium is uniquely well designed for today's high-bandwidth, networked applications

  • Itanium as the foundation for an "always on," services-based Internet infrastructure

  • Using Itanium to gain a unified "enterprise view" of the business

  • Architecting IT systems and infrastructure to take full advantage of Itanium technology

  • New opportunities and reasons to move away from the "desktop model" of computing

  • The future of the Itanium processor family—and the technological changes it will trigger

  • Whether you're an IT or business leader, developer, or technical computing specialist, Itanium will help you drive down costs, drive up productivity, and accomplish things that were simply impossible before. Itanium Rising will show you how.

    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. Foreword
    3. Introduction
    4. Acknowledgements
    5. Why Itanium Processors? Benefits of the New Processor Family
      1. Itanium Mission Statement
      2. The Itanium Processor Family
      3. Itanium RAS Features
      4. Reliability
      5. Availability
      6. Serviceability
      7. Reasons for Itanium®-based Platform Value
      8. Highly Parallel Architecture
      9. Investment Protection
      10. Choice and Breadth of Operating Systems and Applications
      11. Enterprise Technology
      12. How Itanium Architecture Affects Enterprise Computing
      13. In Summary
    6. The Itanium Processor Family: The Next Generation of Processor Architecture
      1. Technology Shifts and the Need For Itanium Processor Power
      2. Development of Early Architectures
      3. Architecture Families at Hewlett-Packard
      4. The Development of PA-RISC
      5. Beyond Speed and onto Capabilities
      6. Moore's First Law and Its Impact
      7. Moore's Second Law and How the Itanium Architecture Suspends It
      8. In Summary
    7. Planning the Revolution: Developing the Itanium Processor Family
      1. The Itanium Processor Family: Built on Two Impressive Legacies
      2. The Progress of Technology at Hewlett-Packard
      3. At the Start: The Wide Word Project
      4. Itanium as a New Processor Benchmark
      5. The Business Drivers Met by Itanium Processor Development
      6. Envisioning the Utilization of Itanium's Power
      7. In Summary
    8. The Next Technology Paradigm: Computing as a Utility
      1. Ideas Behind Three-tier Computing
      2. Computing as a Utility
      3. The Pendulum Swing of Distributed Computing Versus Centralized Computing
      4. Today's Trend: Server Consolidation
      5. The Growth of the Web
      6. Breaking the IT Hardware Spiral
      7. In Summary
    9. The Itanium Adoption Curve
      1. Adoption Curve—A Recognized Phenomenon
      2. Early Adopters and the Early Majority
      3. High Performance Technical Computing
      4. Importance of Itanium Floating Point Performance
      5. Itanium Growth in Technical Computing
      6. Itanium Will Quickly Spread into Technical Computing Environments
      7. In Summary
    10. How Itanium Architecture Upholds Moore's First Law While Suspending Moore's Second Law
      1. Semiconductor Functions and Costs
      2. Moore's First Law
      3. Moore's Second Law
      4. Manufacturing Ultimately Drives Moore's First Law
      5. Fab Plant Sticker Shock
      6. Suspending Moore's Second Law—The Battle Plan
      7. In Summary
    11. EPIC—The Appropriate Name for a Breakthrough in Processor Architecture
      1. EPIC's Break From RISC
      2. Untapped Parallelism in RISC
      3. Squaring the Overhead in RISC
      4. Explicit Parallelism
      5. The Register Model
      6. Itanium Processor Register Set Model
      7. Floating Point Architecture
      8. In Summary
    12. Key Architectural Changes in EPIC
      1. Memory Management in EPIC
      2. Memory Hierarchy Control
      3. Predication
      4. Data Speculation
      5. Software Pipelining
      6. In Summary
    13. Total Cost of Ownership Under Itanium
      1. TCO Methodology
      2. ROI Predictors
      3. The Four Main TCO Solutions
      4. HP's Solution Framework for TCO Management
      5. In Summary
    14. The Transition Process
      1. Navigating the Path to Itanium
      2. Conclusions Resulting from the Transition Process
      3. In Summary
    15. The Itanium/HP-UX Transition
      1. The HP-UX Operating System and PA-RISC Architecture
      2. HP-UX Customer Investment Protection
      3. HP-UX 11i on the Itanium Architecture
      4. HP-UX 11i Performance and Scalability
      5. HP-UX 11i Manageability
      6. HP-UX 11i Availability
      7. HP-UX 11i Security
      8. HP-UX Application Development
      9. In Summary
    16. The Aries Dynamic Code Translation Project
      1. The Need for Aries
      2. Binary Compatibility
      3. The Importance of Binary Compatibility for the IT Manager
      4. The Aries Dynamic Code Translation Project
      5. Aries Reliability
      6. Aries Usability
      7. Aries Performance
      8. Results of Aries Testing
      9. In Summary
    17. Itanium Transition from IA-32
      1. The Technical Issue
      2. The Business Issue
      3. Itanium-Related Solutions to These Issues
      4. Targeted Clients for SAP R/3 Resolution
      5. How Does Itanium Help Make SAP a Better Solution for the IA-32 Customer?
      6. In Summary
    18. Services for Transition
      1. Benefits for Itanium Architecture Early Adopters
      2. Range of Services Supporting the Itanium Processor
      3. Planning for the Itanium Architecture
      4. Porting and Migration: Choosing the Best Options
      5. Itanium Architecture Implementation
      6. Support for IT Investment
      7. In Summary
    19. Compilers in the Itanium/EPIC Architecture World
      1. Instruction-Level Parallelism (ILP) Compilers
      2. Problems with Today's Processors
      3. Improved Parallelism from EPIC
      4. The Challenges of Object-Oriented Code
      5. The Compiler: Key to Performance in EPIC
      6. EPIC Specifications for Developers
      7. The Trimaran Project
      8. In Summary
    20. The Secure Sockets Layer
      1. The Need for Security Without Slowdowns
      2. The Secure Sockets Layer
      3. SSL Demands on Processing Power
      4. The SSL Benchmark
      5. Reasons for Itanium's Outstanding Performance
      6. Who Benefits from Itanium Speed for SSL Transactions
      7. In Summary
    21. Hewlett-Packard's Scalable Processor Chipset
      1. Chipset Differentiators
      2. The Next Generation Scalable Processor Chipset
      3. Chipset Capabilities
      4. Chipset Objectives
      5. In Summary
    22. The Future of EPIC Processors and Systems
      1. Preexisting and Continuing Trends
      2. Where Will Future Chip Enhancements Come From?
      3. Cache Size, Cache Hierarchy, and Compiler Development
      4. Benefits of the Compaq Merger
      5. Complete Security
      6. 'Green' Chips of the Future
      7. In Summary
    23. Technology Terms
      1. Glossary
    24. Web Resources
      1. The HP Itanium Home Page
      2. The DSPP Page
      3. The Intel Itanium Home Page
      4. Intel Itanium Processor Information
      5. Intel Itanium Processor Information for Developers
      6. Intel Itanium Processor Information for Business
      7. Intel Itanium Processor Early Access Program
      8. Intel Itanium Processor for Software Developers
      9. Intel Itanium Processor Information
      10. Intel Itanium Processor Information for Developers
      11. Intel Itanium Processor Information for Business
    25. Itanium Case Studies
      1. Case Study 1: The University of Tennessee
      2. Case Study 2: Sony Pictures Imageworks
      3. Case Study 3: NCAC
      4. Case Study 4: Datev Eg
      5. Case Study 5: Penoles