Intel also announced an Oracle 9i Database developer release for its Itanium Architecture to coincide with the speech.
With the products - for Linux64, HP-UX (Itanium) and Windows XP 64-bit platforms - the companies are attempting to encourage application development for the 64-bit architecture.
McKinley chips are due to replace the Itanium platform next year, and are currently being shipped to beta customers for testing.
In the demonstration, Barrett showed how the McKinley processors, in a four-node cluster configuration with Itanium and Xeon processors, could enable a doctor to access patient records securely using fingerprint recognition. The systems are designed to scale to handle rich media, Web services and e-business applications, he said.
According to Chuck Rozwat, Oracle's executive vice-president of server technologies, the Web-based unified voice and e-mail messaging system will be released to market early in 2002. The product features a single interface for all messages and technologies, such as text to speech recognition.
However, Barrett was forced to concede that challenges still face enterprise IT managers.
He highlighted bandwidth limitations "at individual or enterprise levels" as an inhibitor to macroprocessing projects, pointing to the trouble companies such as Exodus and Excite@Home have had in the depressed telecommunications sector.
But Barrett said developments like grid computing projects, the evolution of enterprise applications that promote peer-to-peer architectures, and Infiniband technology all helped drive the company's macroprocessing vision.
Barrett said he remained relatively optimistic about Intel's own fortunes despite the economic slowdown.
Other announcements from Openworld
- Sun announced availability of Oracle9i Real Application Clusters Certified Configuration on the SunFire 280 server with its StorEdge T3 Arrays. The pre-configured server and database configuration is available via the reseller channel. Dell also announced the Oracle9i Database Certified Configuration running on Dell's PowerEdge 6400 server.
- Oracle announced that a number of customers had adopted its database clusters, including American Airlines, FreeMarkets, Vector SCM, Acxiom, Austrian Railways, Gas Authority of India, South African Police Service and Verisign.
- Oracle announced the addition of the Oracle Certified Master and Oracle Certified Associate programmes to complement the existing Oracle Certified Professional qualification.