While factors such as increased memory needs and the emergence of virtualization technologies have helped boost the popularity of 64-bit, there are still many companies that haven't made the migration. Those unfamiliar with 64-bit technology have plenty of questions that need to be answered before making the move. What are the issues? How should I rate the pros and cons? Most importantly, what does 64-bit really mean?
In this webcast, systems software engineer Gary Olsen provides a detailed introduction to 64-bit technology. Learn about the key memory issues involved with 64-bit, as well as the decision points to be aware of when looking at X64, X86 and IA64 architectures.
Other key topics covered include:
- The 32-bit and 64-bit memory models
- X64 vs. IA64 for applications - Is more always better?
- "Killer Apps" for 64-bit
- Why 32-bit can sometimes outperform 64-bit
This was first published in June 2008