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
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.