NASA supercomputer sets record
There's a new king of the hill in the supercomputer world. NASA's Columbia supercomputer sustained 42.7 teraflops using just 8,192 of its 10,240 Itanium 2 processors. The Columbia supercomputer uses clustered SGI Altix servers running Linux. If you have to ask, you can't afford one.
In related news, it appears that Intel has finally given up on Itanium as a workstation platform. DigiTimes is reporting that Intel will discontinue low-end Itanium 2 processors meant for workstations to focus on servers exclusively.