Intel Corporation has unveiled eight Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 series processors, designed for multi-processor servers. Previously codenamed Tulsa, the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7100 series delivers on key requirements to support the demands of enterprise applications: top performance and reliability. The processor family also includes lower-power, 95 watt options that reduce associated energy costs.
The Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 processor series offers up to twice the performance and nearly three times better performance per watt over previous Intel Xeon MP processors; boasts greater performance headroom than competitive offerings, and delivers the reliability and scalability Intel-based servers. The processors are also socket compatible with the current shipping platform, speeding deployment, and reducing qualification costs and validation times.
Using the SPECjbb2005 benchmark, the Fujitsu-Siemens PRIMERGY RX630 S3 server based on the Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7140M processor broke the previous record with a score of 178,201 business operations per second.
A Dell PowerEdge 6800 server based on the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 71400M smashed another world record by scoring 16,320 QphH, using the TPC-H benchmark, which measures database performance.
Servers based on these platforms are a choice for server consolidation, particularly in virtualised environments, and for running demanding enterprise workloads such as database, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and e-commerce applications. Servers based on the Dual-Core Xeon 7100 series processors are expected to be available from more than 40 system manufacturers worldwide starting today.
Built on Intel’s industry leading 65nm manufacturing process, the Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 series processors boast more than 1.3 billion transistors and 16MB of shared cache in an innovative architecture that features Intel Cache Safe Technology for optimal reliability. Systems scaling to 32 processors will be available.
The Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series feature numerous Intel-led innovations that enhance datacentre effectiveness including Intel Virtualisation Technology (originally introduced last year) that can help lower the total cost of ownership by assisting with consolidation of different software applications.
IBM has posted its 100th number-one benchmark result with an IBM System x3950 8-processor score of 3,350 SAP SD Benchmark users on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark.
The Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series is compatible with the existing Intel E8501 chipset that was introduced last year and designed for dual-core processors. The 95 watt dual core option offers up to 40 per cent less power consumption than the previous generation processor, providing increased power efficiency and lower energy costs.
Intel’s 65nm ramp is proceeding well, with production already exceeding the company’s total 90nm volume. This manufacturing ramp is enabling Intel to drive a fast Dual-Core Xeon Processor 7100 series ramp. Intel’s manufacturing strength has allowed it to substantially revise prices for higher end Intel Xeon Processors, delivering new levels of price/performance.
Supporting the Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series are the 4-Processor Intel SR4850HW4x and SR6850HW4x server systems offering outstanding performance gains, and providing an optimal fit for database, ERP, enterprise class computing.