Can someone shed some light on the pros and cons of software development for the Itanium using
(a) gcc and Intel C++ compiler under Red Hat Linux 7.2, and
(b) Microsoft .Net 2003 C++ (Version 7) and Intel compiler under Windows XP 64-bit
when the underlying code uses a large number of floating point operations and virtual memory.
Are there any benchmarks available comparing the two scenarios? My experience with Intel C++ compiler and Red Hat Linux 7.2 has been disappointing (on an Itanium 900 MHz workstation). The code performs much slower than when it is compiled and executed on an Intel P4-2.4 GHz machine!