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Software Licensing Might Dent Multi-Core CPUs

Intel plans to launch its first dual-core processor in the second quarter of this year followed by Montecito, a dual-core version of its Itanium server chip, and future multicore versions of Pentiums, Xeons and Itaniums that will have up to 32 cores each. But hardware vendors are worried that traditional models for software licenses will restrict sales of their multicore offerings. As more logic cores are squeezed into each chip, the software licenses will increase in cost accordingly–but out of all proportion to the cost of the hardware. Oracle is probably the most misaligned as they have focused on licensing by core. Orcale in an e-mailed statement stated that all cores are required to be licensed therefore, if you have a dual-core processor, you are required to have two processor licenses. Also Microsoft still has some way to go in the eyes of the hardware vendors, particularly in on-demand computing, where processors are switched on–and paid for–according to workload.

Intel plans to launch its first dual-core processor in the second quarter of this year followed by Montecito, a dual-core version of its Itanium server chip, and future multicore versions of Pentiums, Xeons and Itaniums that will have up to 32 cores each. But hardware vendors are worried that traditional models for software licenses will restrict sales of their multicore offerings. As more logic cores are squeezed into each chip, the software licenses will increase in cost accordingly–but out of all proportion to the cost of the hardware. Oracle is probably the most misaligned as they have focused on licensing by core. Orcale in an e-mailed statement stated that all cores are required to be licensed therefore, if you have a dual-core processor, you are required to have two processor licenses. Also Microsoft still has some way to go in the eyes of the hardware vendors, particularly in on-demand computing, where processors are switched on–and paid for–according to workload.

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