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New Intel® Xeon® Processor Pushes Mission Critical into the Mainstream

Intel’s Fastest Enterprise and High-Performance Computing Chip Provides Average of Three Times Increase in Processing Speed, More than 20 New Reliability Features

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Largest performance leap in Intel® Xeon® processor history, with an average improvement of 3x across a range of benchmarks. Data centers can replace 20 single core servers with a single new Intel Xeon 7500 processor series-based system¹.
  • More than 20 new reliability features and eight-core, 16-threaded Intel® Xeon® Processor 7500 series performance further accelerate mission-critical adoption on Intel server systems.
  • Unprecedented advances in scalability allow new designs to range from two-socket platforms up to 256 chips per system.
  • New servers to feature 4x increase in memory capacity (up to 1 Terabyte in 4-processor configurations); 8x increase in memory bandwidth.

Intel Corporation today culminated the transition to the company’s award-winning “Nehalem” chip design with the launch of the Intel® Xeon® 7500 processor series

BENGALURU, India, March 31, 2010 –Intel Corporation today culminated the transition to the company’s award-winning "Nehalem" chip design with the launch of the Intel® Xeon® 7500 processor series. In less than 90 days, Intel has introduced all-new 2010 PC, laptop and server processors that increase energy efficiency and computing speed and include a multitude of new features that make computers more intelligent, flexible and reliable.

Expandable to include from two to 256 chips per server, the new Intel Xeon processors have an average performance three times that of Intel’s existing Xeon 7400 series on common, leading enterprise benchmarks, and come equipped with more than 20 new reliability features.

Twenty Old Servers – To One New One

The combined scalable performance, advanced reliability and total cost of ownership advantages of the Xeon 7500 series will further accelerate the shift from proprietary systems to industry-standard Intel processor-based servers. These new capabilities enable IT managers to consolidate up to 20 older single-core, 4-chip servers onto a single server using Intel Xeon 7500 series processors while maintaining the same level of performance. In doing so, they could also see up to a 92 percent estimated reduction in energy costs and a return on their investment estimated within 1 year due to reductions in power, cooling and licensing costs.

"The Xeon 7500 brings mission critical capabilities to the mainstream by delivering the most significant leap in performance, scalability and reliability ever seen from Intel," said R. Ravichandran, Director – Sales, Intel South Asia. "This combination will help users push to new levels of productivity, and accelerate the industry’s migration away from proprietary architectures. We are democratizing high-end computing."

R. Ravichandran, Director – Sales, Intel South Asia

New Standards in Reliability and Scalability

Mission-critical workloads run by customers that simply cannot afford unscheduled downtime such as hospitals or stock exchanges can take advantage of more than 20 new features that deliver a leap forward in reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS). These reliability capabilities are designed to improve the protection of data integrity, increase availability and minimize planned downtime.

For example, this is the first Xeon processor to possess Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Recovery, a feature that allows the silicon to work with the operating system and virtual machine manager to recover from otherwise fatal system errors, a mechanism until now found only in the company's Intel® Itanium® processor family and RISC processors.

The Intel Xeon processor 7500 series offers unique scalability through modular building blocks enabled by Intel® QuickPath Technology (QPI) interconnect. With QPI, cost-effective and highly scalable eight-processor servers that don’t require specialized third-party node controller chips to “glue” the system together can be built. Intel is also working with system vendors to deliver “ultra-scale” systems with 16 processors for the enterprise, and up to 256 processors and support for 16 terabytes (one terabyte is equal to 1,000 gigabytes) of memory for high- performance computing “super nodes” running bandwidth-demanding applications such as financial analysis, numerical weather predictions and genome sequencing.

Record-Shattering Performance

The Intel Xeon processor 7500 series represents the largest performance leap in Xeon family history, with the chip being an average three times faster across a range of benchmarks, setting over 20 new world records including stellar results from Cisco*, Dell*, Fujitsu*, IBM*, NEC* and SGI*.

Model No. of Sockets World Record Benchmark Claims²
SGI* Altix* UV 1000 64 SPECint*_rate_base2006,
SPECfp*_rate_base2006
Fujitsu* PRIMEQUEST*1800E 8 SAP* Sales and Distribution (SD) two-tier, SPECjbb*2005, SPECfp*_rate_base2006, and SPECint*_rate_base2006
NEC* Express*5800/A1080a-E 8 TPC Benchmark* E
Cisco* UCS C460 M1 4 SPECint*_rate_base2006, LS-Dyna* car2car high-performance computing (HPC), SPECompL*_base2001
Dell* PowerEdge* R910 4 SPECjAppServer*2004
Fujitsu* PRIMERGY* RX600-S5 4 SAP* BI-Datamart
IBM* System x* 3850 X5 4 VMmark*, TPC Benchmark* E, SAP* SD two-tier, SPECjEnterprise*2010, SPECfp*_rate_base2006, and SPECjbb*2005
SGI* Altix* UV 10 4 SPECompM*2001
Dell* PowerEdge* R810 2 SPECjbb*2005
IBM* System x* 3950 X5 2 SPECint*_rate_base2006

According to Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation, Windows Server and Cloud Division, “The combination of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2 with the Intel Xeon 7500 Series Processors delivers performance and reliability that was previously only possible on high-priced and power hungry RISC servers and mainframes. Now with the ability to scale up to 256 logical processors, customers can do very complex and demanding tasks with SQL Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that may not have been possible before. This combination delivers reliability performance and value to end customers.”

For detailed performance results and more information about all the world record claims see the accompanying performance fact sheet and visit
www.intel.com/performance/server/xeon_mp/summary.htm

Large-Scale Virtualization

The Intel Xeon processor 7500 series meets the growing trend of IT organizations virtualizing large mission-critical workloads for applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning. With up to eight times the memory bandwidth of the Intel Xeon processor 7400 series and four times the memory capacity with 16 memory slots per processor, the Xeon 7500 series can support one terabyte (or 1,000 gigabytes) of memory in a four-socket platform. Intel Virtualization Technologies , which include new I/O virtualization capabilities and Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT) FlexMigration, enables live VM migration across all Intel® CoreTM microarchitecture-based platforms to ensure investment protection for administrators seeking to use pools of virtualized systems to facilitate failover, disaster recovery, load balancing and optimal server maintenance and downtime.

Two-Chip and Cost Optimized Servers

New two-chip expandable class platforms with large memory capacity based on the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series are ideal for memory intensive databases and virtualization environments. The Intel Xeon processor 7500 series is available in quad, six and eight core versions with twice the number of threads thanks to Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. The Intel Xeon processor 6500 series provides a lower cost solution for 2-chip servers with large memory requirements.

Product Details

The Intel Xeon processor 7500 series supports up to eight integrated cores and 16 threads, and can scale up to 32 cores and 64 threads per 4-chip platform or 64 cores and 128 threads per 8-chip platform, and is available with frequencies up to 2.66 GHz, and 24 MB of Intel® Smart Cache memory, four Intel QPI links and Intel Turbo Boost technology. Thermal Design Point (TDP) power levels range from 95 watts to 130 watts.

The Intel Xeon processor X7560, with eight cores and 24MB cache size, is built for highly parallel, data demanding and mission-critical workloads, whereas the Intel Xeon processor X7542 is a frequency-optimized 6-core option at 2.66 GHz targeted for super node high-performance computing applications in science and financial services.

Pricing and Availability

The innovative modular scaling of the Xeon® 7500 processor works with the Intel 7500 Chipset and Intel 7500 Scalable Memory Buffers to enable unique OEM system designs and brings a wide range of socket, memory and I/O, form factor, and reliability feature sets never before available to the mainstream server market. Enterprise software vendors expected to support the high-end features of Intel Xeon processor 7500-based platforms, include Citrix*, IBM*, Microsoft*, Novell*, Oracle*, Red Hat*, SAP AG* and VMware*. System vendors are lining up to take advantage of the high-end Intel Xeon processor 7500 series capabilities and deliver highly innovative solutions at much lower costs than older proprietary solutions. With more than double the amount of designs versus the previous generation Intel Xeon processor 7400 series, system manufacturers were expected to announce systems based on the Intel Xeon processor 7500/6500 processor starting today.

These manufacturers include Bull*, Cisco*, Cray*, Dell*, Fujitsu*, Hitachi*, HP*, IBM*, Inspur*, NEC*, Oracle*, SGI*, Supermicro* and Quanta*. www.intel.com/server

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¹Average of 3x performance claim based on geometric mean of four industry-standard, common enterprise benchmarks (SPECjbb*2005, SPECint*_rate_base2006, SPECfp*_rate_base2006, and TPC Benchmark* E) comparing best published / submitted results on 4-socket (4S) Intel Xeon processor X7560 –based server platform to best published 4S Intel Xeon processor X7460 –based server platform as of March 26, 2010. See http://www.intel.com/performance/server/xeon_mp/summary.htm for more details

²World record claim based on comparison of like socket server platforms based on x86 architecture unless otherwise stated. Performance results based on published/submitted results as of March 26, 2010. See http://www.intel.com/performance/server/xeon_mp/summary.htm for the full list of record benchmarks.

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others

Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel products as measured by those tests. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information on performance tests and on the performance of Intel products, go to: http://www.intel.com/performance/resources/benchmark_limitations.htm .
SPEC, SPECint, SPECfp, SPECrate. SPECjAppServer and SPECjbb are trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See http://www.spec.org for more information. TPC Benchmark is a trademark of the Transaction Processing Council. See http://www.tpc.org for more information.

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology requires a Platform with a processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology capability. Intel Turbo Boost Technology performance varies depending on hardware, software and overall system configuration. Check with your platform manufacturer on whether your system delivers Intel Turbo Boost Technology. For more information, see www.intel.com/technology/turboboost .

Intel® processor numbers are not a measure of performance. Processor numbers differentiate features within each processor family, not across different processor families. See www.intel.com/products/processor_number/ for details.

Intel does not control or audit the design or implementation of third party benchmarks or Web sites referenced in this document. Intel encourages all of its customers to visit the referenced Web sites or others where similar performance benchmarks are reported and confirm whether the referenced benchmarks are accurate and reflect performance of systems available for purchase.
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