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Xeon processors enable new virtualisation capabilities

Posted: 16 Aug 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:quad-core server processors  virtualization  Xeon processors 

Intel Corp. claims that its latest quad-core Intel Xeon processors, dubbed X5365 and L5335, boast unprecedented combinations of performance and energy efficiency while enabling new virtualisation capabilities.

Designed for companies running performance-critical server and workstation applications, X5365 is said to be the industry's first 3GHz quad-core processor to fit inside a standard 120W power envelope. The X5365 chip also features front-side bus (FSB) speed of 1,333MHz.

With the energy-sipping Intel Xeon Processor L5335, Intel is delivering higher performance quad-core processors designed for servers that require optimal space and power utilisation. The processor includes a 2GHz clock speed and 1,333MHz FSB within a 50W power envelope—or 12.5W per processing core.

The processors are well suited for conducting simultaneous design and analysis transactions, improving rendering performance and managing faster analytics for industries such as financial services. Both processors are easily "drop-in" compatible with select existing Intel server platforms.

Using the SPECint_rate_base2006 benchmark, which measures integer throughput, a Fujitsu-Siemens PRIMERGY RX300 S3 server based on the quad-core Intel Xeon Processor X5365 scored 98.9, setting a new world record. Using the SPECjbb 2005* benchmark, a Dell PowerEdge 1950 server based on the quad-core Intel Xeon Processor X5365 broke the previous record with a score of 238,472 business operations per second.

According to Intel, a handful of systems vendors are supporting the new processors including Dell, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, IBM, SGI, SuperMicro, Rackable Systems, Verari and over 40 others.

Enhanced virtualisation
Intel also integrated advanced technology capabilities into the Intel Xeon Processors X5365 and L5335 to streamline virtualisation and further improve energy efficiency. In addition to Intel Virtualisation Technology, which increases the efficiency of virtualisation solutions and enables 64bit guest operating system support, the processors also feature new Intel Virtualisation Technology processor extensions for improved interrupt handling in virtualisation of 32bit Microsoft Windows OS.

To ensure that system builders can meet energy efficiency requirements and end-users can continue to manage their overall energy consumption, the processors include new system-transparent energy smart technology that reduces idle power usage by up to 50 percent.

In addition to including this technology on the new quad-core processors, Intel is driving its entire volume server processor line to take advantage of this new lower idle power utilisation.

Pricing in 1,000-unit quantities for the X5365 and L5335 quad-core Xeon processors starts at Rs.47,405.40 ($1,172) and Rs.15,370.35 ($380), respectively.

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