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Editor’s Pick: Intel Xeon Processor Drives I/O Performance


Intel’s New Xeon Triples I/O Performance; Brings 10 GbE to the Motherboard

This article from ZDNet describes how the combination of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 and a 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) controller brings major improvements to I/O performance in the data center. According to author David Chernicoff, the well-documented improvement in CPU performance is only a small part of the Intel Xeon processor story. “The real story is the huge improvements in I/O performance,” explains Chernicoff. “While earlier announcements spoke about this being the first generation of Xeon processors to support PCI Express* 3.0, this is only part of the I/O improvement the new CPU brings.”

The additional I/O improvements come via two additional technologies, Intel® Data Direct I/O and Intel® Integrated I/O. The results include powerful performance gains, reduced latency, and increased overall throughput. When combining this with the 10GBASE-T Intel® Ethernet Controller X540, Chernicoff says, “even greater performance is possible.”

Read the original article by David Chernicoff from March 6, 2012 >