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May 29, 2002—In this issue:

1. NEWS AND VIEWS

  • Itanium 2 Gets Huge Performance Boost

2. ANNOUNCEMENT

  • Struggling with IIS and Web Administration Issues?

3. CONTACT US

  • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

1. NEWS AND VIEWS
(contributed by Paul Thurrott, thurrott@winnetmag.com)

  • ITANIUM 2 GETS HUGE PERFORMANCE BOOST

  • Intel has released preliminary performance figures for its upcoming family of 64-bit Itanium 2 processors, code-named McKinley, and the company says that the products should experience one and a half to two times the performance of existing Itanium products. Intel's Itanium line processes data in 64-bit chunks instead of the 32 bits that today's Pentium-based processors use. But many people regard the original Itanium, which debuted with 700MHz and 800MHz models, as a performance laggard compared with the Pentium and the 64-bit competition from Sun Microsystems and other companies. Intel says the new generation of microprocessors will address this concern.

    Interestingly, Intel's solution doesn't rely on core processing speeds. The Itanium 2 will debut at just 1GHz, less than half the nominal speed of a high-end Pentium 4 processor, but it will offer 3MB of Level 3 (L3) cache and other on-chip performance tweaks. These tweaks provide as much as two times the performance of the original Itanium and, says Intel, a 50 percent performance advantage over Sun's fastest processor.

    But Intel doesn't address the question of how well the chip stacks up against the Pentium 4 processor in its Itanium 2 performance figures. "Megahertz-myth" talk notwithstanding, Intel's most recent Pentium 4 processor, which runs at speeds faster than 2.5GHz, recently set a performance record in the industry-standard Linpack Benchmark. This feat represents the first time a mainstream, off-the-shelf processor has topped this benchmark, which historically has been the domain of costly specialty processors from Cray, Hitachi, NEC, and other companies.

    2. ANNOUNCEMENT
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  • STRUGGLING WITH IIS AND WEB ADMINISTRATION ISSUES?

  • Discover Windows Web Solutions online, the Web site with articles, tips, and more to help manage and overcome the security, performance, and maintenance issues Web site administrators deal with every day. Check it out!
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