The Intel Itanium "Montecito" processor will finally be available on July 18:
That's more than a year after Montecito was originally meant to ship, and the delay has done no favors for Itanic backers – just ask SGI.
Bull too has suffered from Intel's Itanium tardiness, and the company appears ready to spring into action. Staffers have started plugging Bull's Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) supercomputer, which recently took the number five slot on the Top 500 supercomputers list. The system runs on 8,704 of the 1.6GHz versions of Montecito.