Itanium® Architecture for Programmers

Itanium Workstation and Server Configurations

System hardware or hardware simulators

When Itanium and Itanium 2 processors were first released, a few companies incorporated them in workstation-class systems that saw primary use as software developer office systems. Since then, Itanium 2 processors have been used only in server-class systems.

Intel provides a listing of companies offering Itanium-related products.

Ski, a simulator for Itanium (IA-64) architecture is now an open-source project based on original development by Hewlett-Packard. This software runs on x86 Linux systems.

System software

Linux distribution sources

Debian GNU/Linux


Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Server Version

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server

See also Linux Online

BSD® Unix ports

FreeBSD for the Itanium architecture is not fully supported (Tier 1), but is presently classified as developmental (Tier 2).

HP-UX port

Hewlett-Packard Company offers the HP-UX operating system for Itanium processors. This UNIX operating system had been first developed for 32-bit and later 64-bit PA-RISC processors.

NonStop port

Hewlett-Packard Company uses Itanium processors in NonStop products, which the former Tandem Computers had introduced using MIPS processors.

OpenVMS® port

Hewlett-Packard Company offers the OpenVMS operating system for Itanium processors. This operating system was first developed for 32-bit VAX processors and became a 64-bit operating system for Alpha processors by the former Digital Equipment Corporation.

Intel compilers

Intel Corporation produces compilers that have the same language features for Linux as for Windows.

C++ (also does C and Itanium assembly)
FORTRAN 95 (with some features from FORTRAN 2003)

Hewlett-Packard compilers for HP-UX

Specific links for the compilers mentioned in the book are as follows:

aC++ (also does C and Itanium assembly)

Microsoft products

Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the last iteration to support Itanium processors.

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