Alpha CPUs, was Re: [rescue] i860 Success

Phil Stracchino alaric at
Tue May 4 11:36:10 CDT 2004

On Tue, May 04, 2004 at 11:11:05AM -0400, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:
> Tue, 04 May 2004 @ 08:43 +0200, Bj?rn Ramqvist said:
> > >*cough*P4*cough*
> > >*cough*Itanium*cough*
> > 
> > Geez...
> > I've not stood up for anything just hit "del" for most of the 
> > discussion, but I took a chance and read some of the discussions.
> > Man, have ANY of you actually used ANY Alpha gear?

Again, I'm missing intervening posts.

Lest there be ANY POSSIBLE confusion, I'm mentioning the above as
conclusive examples NOT that the Alpha is outdated, but that newer is
not necessarily better.

> I know English is an imprecise language, but damn... some of you seem to
> go out of your way to argue with points that no one made.

That's a fine 'Net tradition!

(Seriously, yeah, I've lamented the same thing.  "...But that's not what
 he said!")

> DEC said that they would be able to increase the power of Alpha 1000
> fold, over a 25 year period.  They seemed to be delivering on that
> promise until Compaq/HP decided Alpha was too much of a threat to
> Itanium.

And once again, a superior design loses out to an inferior one marketed
by an 800lb gorilla with tunnel vision.

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