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  • Copyright 2003
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-046415-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-046415-6

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.

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Planning the Revolution: Developing the Itanium Processor Family

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Table of Contents




1. Why Itanium Processors? Benefits of the Brand New Processor Family.

Itanium Mission Statement. The Itanium Processor Family. Itanium RAS Features. Reliability. Availability. Serviceability. Reasons for Itanium(r)-based Platform Value. Highly Parallel Architecture. Investment Protection. CHOICE AND Breadth of Operating Systems and Applications. Enterprise Technology. How Itanium Architecture Affects Enterprise Computing. In Summary.

2. The Itanium Processor Family: The Development of the Next Generation of Processor Architecture.

Technology Shifts and the Need For Itanium Processor Power. Development of Early Architectures. Architecture Families at Hewlett-Packard. The Development of PA-RISC. Beyond Speed and onto Capabilities. Moore's First Law and its Impact. Moore's Second Law and How the Itanium Architecture Suspends It. In Summary.

3. Planning the Revolution: Developing the Itanium Processor Family.

The Itanium Processor Family: Built on Two Impressive Legacies. The Progress of Technology at Hewlett-Packard. At the Start: The Wide Word Project. Itanium as a New Processor Benchmark. The Business Drivers met by Itanium Processor Development. Envisioning the Utilization of Itanium's Power. In Summary.

4. The Next Technology Paradigm: Computing as a Utility.

Ideas Behind Three-tier Computing. Computing as a Utility. The Pendulum Swing of Distributed Computing Versus Centralized Computing. Today's Trend: Server Consolidation. The Growth of the Web. Breaking the IT Hardware Spiral. In Summary.

5. The Itanium Adoption Curve.

Adoption Curve-A Recognized Phenomenon. Early Adopters and the Early Majority. High Performance Technical Computing. Importance of Itanium Floating Point Performance. Extending the Decimal. Reducing Rounding Error. Itanium Growth in Technical Computing. Itanium Will Quickly Spread into Technical Computing Environments. In Summary.

6. How Itanium Architecture Upholds Moore's First Law While Suspending Moore's Second Law.

Semiconductor Functions and Costs. Moore's First Law. Moore's Second Law. Manufacturing Ultimately Drives Moore's First Law. Fab Plant Sticker Shock. Suspending Moore's Second Law-The Battle Plan. In Summary.

7. EPIC-The Appropriate Name for a Breakthrough in Processor Architecture.

EPIC's Break From RISC. Untapped Parallelism in RISC. Squaring the Overhead in RISC. Explicit Parallelism. The Register Model. Itanium Processor Register Set Model. Floating Point Architecture. In Summary.

8. Key Architectural Changes in EPIC.

Memory Management in EPIC. Memory Hierarchy Control. Predication. Data Speculation. Software Pipelining. In Summary.

9. Total Cost of Ownership Under Itanium.

TCO Methodology. ROI Predictors. The Four Main TCO Solutions. HP's Solution Framework for TCO Management. In Summary.

10. The Transition Process.

Navigating the Path to Itanium. Conclusions Resulting from the Transition Process. In Summary.

11. The Itanium/HP-UX Transition.

The HP-UX Operating System and PA-RISC Architecture. HP-UX Customer Investment Protection. HP-UX 11i on the Itanium Architecture. HP-UX 11i Performance and Scalability. HP-UX 11i Manageability. HP-UX 11i Availability. HP-UX 11i Security. HP-UX Application Development. In Summary.

12. The Aries Dynamic Code Translation Project.

The Need for Aries. Binary Compatibility. The Importance of Binary Compatibility for the IT Manager. The Aries Dynamic Code Translation Project. Aries Reliability. Aries Usability. Aries Performance. Results of Aries Testing. In Summary.

13. Itanium Transition from IA-32117.

The Technical Issue. The Business Issue. Itanium-Related Solutions to These Issues. Targeted Clients for SAP R/3 Resolution. How Does Itanium Help Make SAP a Better Solution for the IA-32 Customer? In Summary.

14. Services for Transition.

Benefits for Itanium Architecture Early Adopters. Range of Services Supporting the Itanium Processor. Planning for the Itanium Architecture. Porting and Migration: Choosing the Best Options. Itanium Architecture Implementation. Support for IT Investment. In Summary.

15. Compilers in the Itanium/EPIC Architecture World.

Instruction-Level Parallelism (ILP) Compilers. Problems with Today's Processors. Improved Parallelism from EPIC. The Challenges of Object-Oriented Code. The Compiler: Key to Performance in EPIC. EPIC Specifications for Developers. The Trimaran Project. In Summary.

16. The Secure Sockets Layer.

The Need for Security Without Slowdowns. The Secure Sockets Layer. SSL Demands on Processing Power. The SSL Benchmark. Reasons for Itanium's Outstanding Performance. Who Benefits from Itanium Speed for SSL Transactions. In Summary.

17. Hewlett-Packard's Scalable Processor Chipset.

Chipset Differentiators. The Next Generation Scalable Processor Chipset. Chipset Capabilities. Chipset objectives. In Summary.

18. The Future of EPIC Processors and Systems. Preexisting and Continuing Trends. Where Will Future Chip Enhancements Come From? Cache Size, Cache Hierarchy, and Compiler Development. Benefits of the Compaq Merger. Complete Security. 'Green' Chips of the Future. In Summary.

Appendix A. Technology Terms.

Appendix B. Web Resources.

Appendix C. Itanium Case Studies.




Why You Need to Know About the Intel Itanium Processor Family

When you think of the business pressures that influence technical innovation and microprocessor design, several drivers come to mind immediately. Processor speed. Scalability. Cross-platform compatibility. Seamless transitions from legacy hardware and software. Reliability at a level that eliminates downtime. And perhaps the biggest driver of all today: the nebulous concepts involving Internet computing and its resulting effect on electronic business.

The Demands of Change

As little as 20 years ago, the capabilities—and problems—resulting from vast numbers of machines that collected and collated data simply did not exist. Information storage and retrieval was primitive and expensive. The ability to share data between machines was limited by the current day's wiring standards and architecture. The entire field of IT industry players, from the massive wafer fabrication plants to the startup dotcom operating out of your neighbor's garage were barely out of their infancy.

There has been a lot of change since then. Some of the key developments resulting from the incredible speed of development in the industry include:

  • The need for computers to handle ever more complex data and computations.
  • Vast improvement of tracking and storing customer information.
  • The accumulation of vast amounts of data resulting from the proliferation of data in digital format and the ease of creating new content and distributing online.
  • Resulting need to analyze and mine this data for only the most relevant parts.
  • The need to squeeze ever more processing power out of the IT investment—to handle today's complex software, higher user demands, and all of the aforementioned tasks.

To these resulting demands, I would add two more:

  • The recognition of Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC)'s limitations in today's world.
  • Developing the idea of computing as a service, not a hardware- or software-dependent model.

The Intel Itanium Processor Family

The Intel Itanium architecture was, in essence, designed to meet all of these challenges and take corporate IT services to the next level. What you get with the Intel Itanium processor family are the characteristics built into the chip's architecture itself: the ability to handle tomorrow's problems from much bigger databases to rich media content and to do so in the most cost effective fashion. With the Intel Itanium platform, you can mine data and complete the analysis in a more timely and effective fashion, and with more reliability and availability of the system.

Today's jumbo-size databases and the need to handle incredibly higher levels of processing, networking, and security result from the IT revolution's own successes. Today, a CEO actually can demand and tap into huge amounts of information that have the ability to help manage his or her business. The Intel Itanium processor family, designed from the start with fully parallel instruction execution and a 64-bit address ability, is ideally suited to handle these needs.

About this Book

This book covers the development and application of the Intel Itanium processor family. It describes why the revolutionary leap forward in processing power can help CEOs achieve their company's vision. It also discusses the implication of these changes to a company's IT infrastructure. The final section of the book discusses the future of the Itanium architecture and the technological changes resulting from it. This will prove to be a helpful guide and forecaster.

Who Should Read This Book

This book is for CIOs, CEOs, IT managers, and technology managers. It has been written for the early adopters and those in the early majority who need to quickly and cost-effectively deploy Itanium-based solutions and transition their business to an Itanium-based infrastructure for increased performance and flexibility. While it is best to read through the entire work, the book is divided into four sections should you want to focus on a specific area of the Intel Itanium processor family.

Itanium Development

Chapters 1 through 4 are written specifically for CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, and C-level executives in general. The focus is on the development of the Itanium architecture at HP and Intel, why you should be aware of the coming Itanium revolution, and how it can help you develop your company's vision and attain goals of cost efficiency, productivity, and profits.

The opening chapters also introduce you to an idea that has been around for a long time in the technology world but can only now be pursued in a cost-effective manner: computing as a utility. We'll explore why computing is not just about hardware and software anymore. In the future, business will be moving to a model where you buy computing power as a service, not a product.

Architecture and Total Cost of Ownership

Chapters 5 through 9 narrow the theme to areas that a technology director will find of more direct concern. While continuing to discuss how the Intel Itanium platform is going to impact your business, we'll also spend time examining the true total cost of ownership. You'll see how you can get more processing power, more choices, and more flexibility for a lower overall cost, even in a mixed network environment.

In addition, the changes on the back end are discussed in detail. Where the Intel Itanium architecture is the next PA-RISC for Hewlett-Packard, to the average user the transition will be completely transparent. This is one of the implicit goals of the Intel Itanium platform, since the typical corporate knowledge worker should not have to struggle with what's behind the wall.

Transition Issues

In Chapters 10 through 16, we deal with the application of the Intel Itanium processor family. It directly addresses the issues of an IT manager or network engineer: when and how to get started in transitioning to the platform. A discussion of some early examples of the application of the Intel Itanium processor family architecture and the industry trends that drive the transition to it follows.

We also examine more technical issues, such as RISC versus CISC processing, how Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing (EPIC) improves RISC, and how it can improve and simplify the needs of hardware, application software, and networking. Of particular interest is adding reliability that is a major concern for server-centric systems and ways that Itanium-based systems correct soft errors that are built directly into the architecture.

These chapters also provide a transitional plan that follows these steps:

  • Planning
  • Informing
  • Preparing
  • Training

Future Itanium Development

Chapters 17 and 18 explore the next steps beyond the initial Intel Itanium platform rollout. In short, what does the future hold for the family's continued development and use in the corporate world? I'll share with you some of the anticipated development directions for this amazing chip family and the continued importance of compilers to the process.

Finally, we'll take a quick look at the rest of the value chain in the business of providing computer systems to you, including the chipsets and operating systems of the future and how they will be affected by the Intel Itanium architecture.

Towards the Intel Itanium Evolution

It's a truism in today's hype-laden world of technology that a lot of different items, be they hardware, software, or simply a new knowledge base, are labeled next generation. However, you'll find after reading this book that the appellation in this case is justified. Why is that?

Because of the quantum leap that the Intel Itanium architecture makes in turning high-end data processing into a cost-effective proposition, all of the other aspects of the IT revolution—networking, security, software development—will become easier, faster, and more reliable. The Intel Itanium architecture underpins all of these areas and gives them a solid boost.

So, pause a moment before rushing headlong into the use of the Intel Itanium processor family in a strictly corporate or IT department sense. It has been said that in order to know where you are going, it's helpful to see where you've been. On that note I invite you to take a moment to understand the history of the architecture's development and its growth as a major technical force of the future. Turn the page, and begin to understand why the Itanium processor family is so important and what it can really do for you.


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