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Posted by Richard Fichera on April 5, 2011
Bigger, Better, Faster Xeon CPUs
Intel today publicly announced its anticipated “Westmere EX” high end Westmere architecture server CPU as the E7, now part of a new family nomenclature encompassing entry (E3), midrange (E5), and high-end server CPUs (E7), and at first glance it certainly looks like it delivers on the promise of the Westmere architecture with enhancements that will appeal to buyers of high-end x86 systems.
The E7 in a nutshell:
What Does This Mean? A Clear Win For x86 Server Workloads
It’s hard to find a downside to this announcement. Intel extends its performance franchise even further into what was legacy RISC/UNIX territory with this announcement, and Linux and Windows workloads get a platform that improves performance significantly without requiring any system redesign, ensuring a rapid flow of product into the market, as evidenced by the more than 35 products from a long list of system vendors including Bull, Cisco, Cray, Dawning, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Lenovo, NEC, Oracle, SGI, Supermicro, and Unisys.
Updating the performance chart from x86 Servers Hit The High Notes, published December 22, 2010, if we factor in the potential for larger than 8-socket x86 servers that can be built using the new E7, in addition to the immediate improvement from inserting the E7 into current Xeon 7500 architectures, the performance potential of x86 servers looks poised to take a significant jump over the next 12 months.
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