Intel to enlist aid in optimizing IA-64 compilers

Intel Corp. on Thursday will announce that the chip maker has brought the Chinese Academy of Science on board to assist in optimizing compilers for Intel's upcoming IA-64 processors, an Intel spokesperson said.

Compilers translate the source code of an operating system, Linux for example, into object code, which is the actual machine language of a computer.

Fine-tuning the myriad of compilers that exist to Intel's IA-64 chip architecture will boost the performance of Intel's upcoming 64-bit Itanium and McKinley processors, according to Intel.

Intel's first market-ready 64-bit chip, Itanium, will roll off the assembly line before the end of the second quarter of this year. Working IA-64 systems from computer manufacturers should be available before July, according to an Intel spokesperson.

Delayed for nearly three years, Itanium will heat up competition between Intel and Sun Microsystems Inc. in the data-intensive 64-bit computing market, according to those familiar with the technology.

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