WITH THE RECENT CUTS to Itanium’s speed and marketshare, you have to wonder what is going to happen to SGI. Fear not brave purple helmeted Altix lovers, there is a backup plan, and it looks to be better than the mainstream one.
SGI has plans for Whitefield based Altixes, so if you want a 2000+ CPU x86 box to play Half-Life 2 on, you can buy one in a couple of years. Plans are well underway for these beasts, and I think they will do wonders for SGI’s sales. No one has the scalability of SGI’s boxes, and no architecture has the software base of x86. Put them together, and it looks like you have a surefire winner.