There's been a number of blogs written recently about the upcoming Xeon 7400 (Dunnington) processor (I've listed a bunch of them at the bottom of this thread if you're interested). I'm happy to report that it's not upcoming anymore - today Intel formally launched this new processor at a press event in San Francisco. The event consisted of Intel VP and GM of Digital Enterprise Group Tom Kilroy's presentation to the press followed by a lively end user panel discussion with execs from Yahoo, Oracle, MySpace and Verisign and moderated by Intel VP and CIO Diane Bryant. It was really interesting to hear about the challenges these companies face today in their data centers and the benefits that Xeon platforms bring to them.
Some of the takeaways from Tom's speech were:
This is Intel's newest high-end XeonÂ® server processor. It's socket compatible with the previous generation XeonÂ® 7300 based platforms so that means it should allow IT to easily qualify and introduce Xeon 7400 servers into their environment.
The processor is based on Intel's 45nm high-k process technology, 6 cores per chip and 16MB shared cache memory, and has advanced virtualization capabilities like VT FlexMigration.
It's built for virtualized environments and data demanding workloads (i.e. databases, BI, ERP and server consolidation.)
Servers based on the processor are expected to be announced from over 50 system manufacturers around the world, including four-socket rack servers from Dell, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NEC, Sun, Supermicro and Unisys; four-socket blade servers from Egenera, HP, Sun and NEC; and servers that scale up to 16-sockets from IBM, NEC and Unisys.
It's already set new four-socket and eight-socket world records on key industry benchmarks for virtualization, database, enterprise resource planning and e-commerce. I found a link on Intel.com that summarizes these here.
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