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Intel Server and Workstation Roadmap

As we can see from the Intel roadmap, there will be quite a few new platforms emerging within the next year or so. Let’s take a closer look at some of them now.

Right now Intel is offering a few pretty successful platforms based around the single-core solutions that have already stood the test of time and have already proven very successful. These are the single-core platforms aka Lindenhurst and Truland. Here are their brief specifications:

However, although these platforms are still very successful, there is enough demand for faster and more optimal performing solutions already. Today it is the right time to start actively delivering dual-core into industry’s standard platforms. We could clearly see it from the demo when we had three systems running side by side. One was based around Irwindale (this is a dual-core CPU with Hyper-Threading technology supported, so there are 4 threads of operation working simultaneously), the second one was built on Paxville DP (2 dual-core CPUs with HT support resulted into 8 threads), and the last one was based on Paxville MP (4 dual-core CPUs with HT technology enabled resulted into 16 active threads). And the performance difference between the three was more than evident.

With the time the current Truland platform running with the Paxville MP will be upgraded to Tulsa featuring large L3 cache, which will be even faster.

Lindenhurst platform will be upgraded to Bensley in the beginning of 2006. The schematic flow chart below shows the major improvements introduced in Bensley platform compared with the Lindehurst.

Bensley will be built around the Blackford chipset, which will allow transferring data at 17GB/s along the bus between the chipset and the CPUs, at the same 17GB/s between the chipset and the memory and will support up to 64GB of RAM due to highly scalable memory architecture with FB-DIMM technology. Of course, this platform will support Intel Active Management Technology and Intel Virtualization Technology.

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