Intel's Maloney Delivers Linux World Keynote
Highlights Intel's IA-64 Architecture As The New Engine For E-Business; Discloses New Developer Initiatives
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 10, 1999 - At Linux World today, Intel Corporation Senior Vice President Sean Maloney delivered the keynote presentation, highlighting IA-64, Intel's forthcoming 64-bit server and workstation architecture, as the new engine for e-business in next-generation computing. Maloney discussed the requirements of the Internet today and Intel's related development efforts, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing the Linux operating system. Maloney also disclosed several new initiatives for developers of operating systems targeted to IA-64, including Linux.
Maloney was joined on stage by Intel Chairman Andrew S. Grove for a demonstration of the Linux operating system running on an IA-64 software development environment. The demonstration showed the Linux operating system running on IA-64 hosting Apache, a publicly available application used with many Web servers.
"We have always worked hard to be port of choice: the first processor target for any operating system," said Maloney. "The new IA-64 architecture, based on the EPIC design philosophy, is on a path to be the new engine for e-business. The Linux community will get early access to the Merced platform from anywhere in the world via the Internet."
The demonstration of the Linux operating system running on an IA-64 simulator reflects a joint development effort of the Trillian Project, which includes Cygnus, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, SGI and VA Linux Systems. These companies are working together to develop a Linux port to IA-64 and make it available to the Open Source software community. Intel expects the IA-64 port to be available when the first Merced servers and workstations begin shipping in the second half of 2000.
To support further the development of Linux software environments for IA-64, Maloney said that Intel will provide servers based on Merced, Intel's first IA-64 processor, to key Linux companies for Internet based software development by the Open Source community. Separately, Merced-based servers can be accessed via Intel's developer.intel.com web site to support commercial developers of applications and operating systems including, but not limited to, Linux.
Industry analyst data has documented the strong growth of servers with the Linux operating system, particularly in the Internet-server computing environment. According to IDC, preliminary results show that Linux operating system shipments encompassed 15.8 percent of all new server operating environment (SOE) license shipments in calendar year 1998, growing 190.4 percent from calendar year 1997, when Linux had a 6.9 percent market share.* Industry analysts have also reported that the majority of Linux bundled servers are running on Intel Architecture (IA-32) today.
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
*International Data Corporation (IDC): Server Operating Environment Report,
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