Intel Corp. (www.intel.com)
formally announced the release of its long-awaited Itanium 64-bit processor on
May 29 - together with support from Windows hardware offerings from about 30
vendors, and some 400 applications already in development.
Key to adoption of 64-bit computing will be increased data size.
For example, the initial Windows for Itanium offering has virtual memory of 16
terabytes (TB), compared to 4 Gbytes on 32-bit Windows; paging file size of 512
compared to 16 TB; paged pool of 128 Gbytes compared to 470 Mbytes; non-paged
pool of 128 Gbytes compared to 256 Mbytes, and a system cache of 1 TB, compared
to 1 Gbytes for the 32-bit version. The first Itanium chip, available in
hardware that is shipping in June, is targeted to enterprise and technical
applications-including mechanical computer-aided engineering analysis. A second,
more powerful and flexible version will be released late in 2001.
Both Itanium and its Windows support were demonstrated at
Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, CA on May 22.
Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com), which helped to
design the Itanium architecture-Explicitly Parallel Intensive Computing
(EPIC)-participated in the event and will release both a workstation (HP i2000)
and server (HPrx4610) next month. Event participants that will soon debut
application software running on Itanium platforms included UGS with Unigraphics
18 (www.ugs.com), Alias/Wavefront (www.aliaswavefront.com), MSC.Software
(www.mscsoftware.com) for MSC.Marc, and
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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