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The industry has been abuzz with the launch of the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series (formerly codenamed Nehalem-EX) and the scalable performance is one of the key reasons why.

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Some noteables:

  • 64-socket SGI Altix* UV 1000 posted the #1 world record SPECint*_rate_base2006 base score result of 10,400 and #1 x86 record for SPECfp*_rate_base2006 result of 6,840.
  • 8-socket Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST* 1800E published several leading results including the best 8-socket SPECjbb*2005 and SAP* Sales and Distribution (SD) two-tier Standard Application Benchmark that's 3.6x faster than the 8-socket 7400 series (formerly codenamed Dunnington) best published, plus several more best-in-class benchmark results at the day of launch.
  • 8-socket NEC Express*5800 holds the #1 spot for TPC Benchmark* E besting the previous top record 8-socket 7400 series result by 2.7x.
  • 4-socket IBM System x* 3850 X5 had many records including top VMmark* overall score (3.5x better than 7400 series), best 4-socket TPC Benchmark* E (2.8x gain over 7400 series), SAP* SD two-tier top Windows* 4-socket result (3.4x versus the best Windows Server* -based 7400 series server), SPECjEnterprise*2010 single-node record (new benchmark but 1.9x faster than the recently launched 5600 series), and several others.
  • 4-socket Dell PowerEdge* R910 claimed the world record for single-node SPECjAppServer*2004 (2.5x faster than 7400 series).
  • Even in the new 2-socket arena, our partners with their new expandable servers had a strong showing with Dell PowerEdge* R810 topping the 2-socket record for SPECjbb*2005 and IBM claimed top 2-socket x86 SPECint*_rate_base2006.

The great scalable performance goes hand-in-hand with the advanced reliability features (aka RAS) for those who want the best performance but also the high availability needed for mission critical applications.  Also, flexible virtualization for reliable consolidation is possible more than ever with the new 7500 series as evidenced by the top VMmark* score.

So, is performance important to your company?

For detailed performance results and more information about all the world record claims see http://www.intel.com/performance/server/xeon_mp/summary.htm.

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