Ace's Hardware looks at multi-processor systems

Ace's Hardware has cranked out part 3 of its Volume Multi-Processor Systems analysis, required reading for anyone interested in the workstation and server scenes, or anyone that wants to talk smack about upcoming Itanium 2 and Opteron processors.
This time around, we’ll take a look into the future of volume multi-processor systems (or the very immediate present in the case of the recently introduced Itanium 2). Of course, we’ll look at the significantly improved SPECfp2000-leading Itanium 2, Sun’s “low-end” UltraSPARC IIIi with on-board 128-bit DDR SDRAM memory controller and 1 MB L2 cache, and the first 64-bit x86 processor: AMD’s Opteron. I’ll also be discussing some more general trends of the market as well as making some observations of customer and vendor requirements alike. Finally, there will be an overview of where all the major CPU architectures and companies are at the moment and where they’re going.
If you're a little behind, you should get caught up on part 1 and part 2 before tackling the latest.
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