Intels Otellini Calls for Government Action on Broadband

At the FOSE show, Intel's president claims if the U.S. is to maintain its technology edge, the government will have to play a greater role.

WASHINGTON—In the countrys capital for the annual federal government IT conference and exhibition, Intel Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Otellini echoed a sentiment heard with increasing frequency here: The U.S. government must play a greater role in ensuring that the United States maintains it technology edge.

Otellini, who will become CEO of Intel in May, said Tuesday at the FOSE show that the United States will not automatically remain at the forefront of IT competitiveness, as governments around the world actively promote broadband use.

"We need to ask ourselves a fundamental question, and that is, Do we want to lead?" Otellini asked the audience of federal IT professionals. Regarding infrastructure build-out, "weve gone from leading to lagging," he said. "Technology deployment is often a government mandate."

For its part, Intel is designing chips to accommodate enterprisewide systems at the platform level, to enable end-to-end capabilities throughout the infrastructure. The need to build computing technology with power consumption in mind, as well as performance and price, has driven the company to take a holistic approach to developing architectures, Otellini said.

Later this year, the Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker will roll out multicore technology capable of increasing processing power by 10 times over the next four years. By taking technologies that were once the purview of mainframes and data centers and adapting them for the desktop, Intel hopes to improve network management and security.

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A dual-core chip shipping later this year will incorporate Intels Active Management Technology, which enables the partitioning of computing tasks and allows administrators to limit access on the network. The system will also include I/O Acceleration to move data more quickly across a distributed environment by separating protocol processing from payload processing. By running the two tasks in parallel, applications can be delivered up to 30 percent more quickly, Otellini said.

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