[rescue] SGI and Intel (was: Another fine business decision for us axp-lovers)

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Mon Jun 25 18:11:46 CDT 2001

SGI is very very serious about getting linux running on very large intel

On Mon, 25 Jun 2001, Dave McGuire wrote:

> On June 25, Loomis, Rip wrote:
> > The SN1 architecture (A/K/A Origin 3000) is designed
> > to support swapping out the MIPS processor bricks
> > and swapping in IA-64 bricks.  Is any current SGI
> > customer going to do that anytime soon?  No idea.
> > Is SGI still corporately committed to migration to
> > IA-64?  No recent information.  But SGI did at one
> > point supposedly make a decision to transition *all*
> > systems (desktops and servers) away from MIPS and
> > towards IA-64.
>   I'm willing to bet that that was simply some suit bucking for favors
> from Intel.  Fact is, they've got better-performing processors NOW
> than Intel's are SUPPOSED to be if they ever start shipping.  We'll
> just have to wait and see.  If SGI goes the way of the suit, well, so
> be it.  It's a good thing that their machines don't have reliability
> problems (except for Indy power supplies of course, but I think Indys
> are pretty crappy anyway)...
>        -Dave McGuire
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