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Appeared on: Friday, July 08, 2005
Forthcoming Dual-Core Intel Itanium CPU Achieves Fastest Four-Way Floating Point Benchmark

Based on internal testing by Intel Corporation, a system based on the forthcoming dual-core Intel Itanium processor codenamed "Montecito" demonstrated a 60 percent performance increase over a previous technical computing benchmark posted by a four-way RISC-based system.

Using the LINPACK benchmark, which measures floating point performance, a system with four dual-core Itanium processors exceeded 45 GFLOPs (gigaflops), a measure of computer speed where a gigaflop is 1 billion floating-point operations per second. The previous record was 27.5 GFLOPs.1

Platforms using Montecito are expected to deliver up to twice the performance, up to three times the system bandwidth, and over 2 1/2 times as much on-die cache as the current generation of Itanium processors. While boosting performance, Montecito is expected to also deliver more than 20 percent lower power than previous generations of Itanium processors through new technologies for power management. Montecito will also have Intel Hyper-Threading technology, enabling four times the threads as the current generation.


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