Intel Debuts New Xeon Processors for Two-Socket Servers

Further expanding Intel’s chip performance and efficiency, Intel Corporation (www.intel.com) has unveiled several significant design features with the demonstration of Intel’s next-generation Xeon server platforms for dual and multi-processing servers.

Intel debuted a dual processor, next-generation Intel Xeon processor server running Vidyo video conferencing software at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Intel’s next-generation Xeon processors for two-socket servers and workstations run 8 cores and 16 threads per processor. They are on schedule for production in the second half of 2011.

The new Xeon processor takes advantage of the Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions set (or AES-NI), which, at the algorithm level, can provide significant speedup of AES. For non-parallel modes of AES operation such as CBC-encrypt, AES-NI can provide a 2 to 3 fold gain in performance over a completely software approach, and for parallelizable modes such as CBC-decrypt and CTR, AES-NI can provide a 10-fold improvement over software solutions.

The 2011 chips also come with Intel Advanced Vector Extensions, which offer improved performance, rich functionality and the ability to better manage, rearrange and sort data. A new 256-bit instruction set accelerates floating-point-intensive applications such as digital photo editing and content creation.

According to a Tuesday report from Computer Business Review, Intel’s current Xeon 3400 series processor is being used in Dell’s (www.dell.com) new Viking server, which essentially packs 12 single-socket Xeon servers into a 3U chassis. The server, according to reports, is suited for the power and density needed for Web 2.0 and hosting customers. Further, the shared-infrastructure design reduces the number of fans per server by 80 percent, and the power needed to cool it by as much as half.

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