Workstations – The Innovation Engine – What is behind Intel® Xeon® based workstation performance? Part 3

Ok, so you have bought into the potential benefits of simultaneous workflows from my previous blogs where organizations may choose work differently and develop parallel workflows in order to potentially:

  • compress the time between an idea and a product or,

  • innovate faster and deliver finished animations in less time

  • or simply work on larger more complex assemblies or analyses

Ok so now it's time to say I doubt the performance is really available to get this done.

The honest answer is it depends on how much you want to stress the system, because there are limits. But Russ Sagert, Petrel Portfolio Manager from Schlumberger Information Systems suggests "workstations based on the new Intel® Xeon® 5400 series processors change the game for our customers. These new workstations featuring faster processors, larger memories, two new advanced PCI Gen2 graphics adapters give users a remarkably interactive experience and an opportunity to employ parallel geophysical workflows that combine complex large scale attribute analysis and volume visualization. Net result: Higher quality results and, better more informed decisions in less time than ever before."

Alright that is mouthful, but today's Intel® Xeon® based workstations do present the performance necessary to potentially change your game and help you innovate faster - are you game?

So what is the secret behind the performance?

The "Core" is. Not 4 cores, not 2 cores, or 8 even cores -- just Intel's new Core microarchitecture. Introduced in 2006, and extended with the availability of the Intel® Xeon® 5400 series, Intel's new Intel's new Core microarchitecture is the foundation that enables demanding users with the processing capacity and visualization capability to change the way they work and use simultaneous workflows to continuously iterate through design ideas, rapidly test via simulation, and find design errors earlier. The Intel Core Microarchitecture helps deliver the power to innovate.

Here is a quick look at some of the Intel innovations that are changing the performance game - we will discuss them more in future blogs:

  • Intel® Wide Dynamic Execution - Increases performance and energy efficiency by enabling the delivery of more instructions per clock cycle and enhancing the efficiency of instruction execution.

  • Intel® Advanced Digital Media Boost - Effectively doubles the instructions' execution speed compared to previous Intel based solutions and accelerates a broad range of applications, including financial, engineering, scientific video, speech and image, photo processing, and encryption software.

  • Intel® Advanced Smart Cache, which is optimized for multi-core processing and reduces latency to frequently used data

  • Intel® Smart Memory Access optimizes the use of the available data bandwidth from the memory subsystem and

  • Intel® Intelligent Power Capability improves energy efficient performance and reduces noise and energy consumption.

  • Macro Fusion combines instructions into a single instruction for execution, delivering more efficient processing and faster throughput.

Net result is Intel's new Core Microarchitecture can help you hit a high note in performance and an even higher note in innovation when you move to simultaneous workflows.