I wrote a while back about how the Xeon 7400(Dunnington) processor series compared to RISC. Since then I have shared information through other blog posts and sharing content about how Xeon 7400 and Xeon 5500 will compare to both SPARC and POWER.
Xeon 7400 and Xeon 5500 are the current products shipping into the marketplace today. I.M.H.O they offer a pretty compelling alternative from both a performance and TCO perspective Vs SPARC and POWER. But I will not try and repeat all the reasons here
What I wanted to share with you was some thoughts about what the next product to succeed Xeon 7400 will bring to the RISC party. Nehalem-EX is the code-name for our next generation of product designed to serve workloads currently serviced by Xeon 7400 today (i.e. Database, ERP, BI etc). EX btw is what we all would traditionally call MP or multi processor servers
Don't stop reading now, here is why I'm EXCITED about what Nehalem-EX will bring to the RISC party.
My excitement is actually based on real customer discussions about what Nehalem-EX will do for them and why it delivers some new stuff (my code for features and benefits) which they see as a pre-requisite to make the move from RISC to Xeon. For some customers the TCO and performance of products have been enough to convince them to move. For some other customers there are still some checkboxes remaining which I believe Nehalem-EX will address
Here is a snapshot of some of the cool new stuff which is actually convincing customers (from some real deals that I have worked)
- Improved bandwidth. Up to 9 times memory bandwidth of previous generations
- Introduction of Quickpath Interconnects to the EX systems
- Add new RAS features previously seen on Itanium products to Xeon products
- Significant improvement in performance vs previous generations e.g. Database 2.5xe
- More scalable platforms through 8 OEMs offering >8S. These platforms are key to manage large databases and for large scale consolidation
- Mainframe class availability in scalable platforms
Nehalem-EX goes into production later this year and I am pretty excited about how it will change the game. What do you think?