On the road with Itanium 2

Tablet PCs were the eye-catching item at a HP roadshow that passed through the three main centres last week.

Tablet PCs were the eye-catching item at a HP roadshow that passed through the three main centres last week.

But also on display were what the company says is the first Itanium 2 workstation in the country.

HP says the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences and one other organisation are interested in the 64-bit machines.

The Lower Hutt-based institute has already tinkered with and rejected the first generation of Itanium machines, says IT manager Graham Alderwick. But he says he’ll take a look at the latest machine early next year.

The application for which the Itanium was considered is earthquake modelling, and in the end Alderwick says the institute built a 32-node cluster from off-the-shelf components to do the job, for less than the price of the Itanium. The Itanium 2 will be considered as a standalone machine for one of the two scientists involved in the modelling work.

HP boss Russell Hewitt (pictured) was in buoyant mood at a press briefing before the Auckland roadshow. Six months on from the merger of Hewlett-Packard with Compaq, Hewitt says he has proof that “one plus one are more than two”, as sales are ahead of what the two companies were making when separate.

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