IA64: It's Not About How Many Cores You Have...
Apparently McNair says that there are other processing needs of Itanium customers a well:
"There are some workloads that you just need to have single-core performance in order to carry and to get the job done, and those are the kinds of things we are targeting," he said. "Not everything can scale and, truth be told, if you don't address the single-core performance segment, you're going to miss out on some opportunities."
We're expecting Tukwila to offer even more performance for multi-threaded applications than Montecito, the current dual-core Itanium 2, but it's nice to know that each core will likely have a higher IPC as well.