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Intel Corp. has outlined its vision and roadmap for microservers and discussed how they best suited to handle emerging “scale-out” applications. According to Intel, in a bid to ensure truly high performance when it is needed and truly maximum power efficiency when it is required, the industry needs infrastructure that supports both high-performance Xeon chips as well as low-power Atom chips.

"I believe the industry needs infrastructure that allows them to deploy servers in an efficient manner and have different versions that meet their requirements. Not only do the servers have to adapt to a range of requirements, but they should have the full set of features that customers require: 64-bit pointers and arithmetic, ECC, virtualization support, software compatibility and offer it across both brawny and wimpy cores," said Jason Waxman, general manager of the cloud infrastructure group at Intel.

In a bid to avoid "brawny" (Xeon) versus "wimpy" (Atom) decision making for data centers, Intel proposes to install both Atom-based and Xeon-based nodes and then let software to decide which nodes to use. The exact approach of the initial implementation was not disclosed, but it is likely that at first it may either include different servers or HP Gemini-like infrastructure, whereas eventually heterogeneous many-core microprocessors with different x86 cores for servers may emerge.

The Intel executive provided an update on Intel's roadmap for microservers including new generations of Intel Xeon "Haswell" processors and Intel Atom architecture based 22nm SoC chips codenamed "Avoton", both scheduled for 2013. Unfortunately, Intel did not provide any details about the new Avoton chip, but given the fact that Intel wants Haswell and Avoton to co-exist in data centers, general capabilities of Avoton and Haswell should be in many cases similar.

"Datacenter infrastructure architects and IT decision makers have enough decisions to make.  Given the uncertainty in the evolution of code, it’s only going to get harder to predict the ideal infrastructure. As hardware developers, we need to give customers the opportunity to have infrastructure flexibility and a choice of options that maintain consistency of features and compatibility," said Mr. Waxman.

Tags: Intel, Xeon, Atom, Haswell, Avoton, 22nm


Comments currently: 2
Discussion started: 06/21/12 04:25:36 AM
Latest comment: 07/01/12 02:13:29 AM


here are some thoughts about low power x86 servers.

due to its cisc architecture, x86 will have a really hard time getting more energy efficient. I don't believe, either, that arm is capable of doing great things in heavy loads or more complex systems due to the known issues it has.
I think the best architecture that can make servers fly is MIPS, but there is a great drawback. MIPS is the least evolving architecture. I see a great potential with this CPU but marketing, patents and r&d is nowhere near x86 or arm has.

Unfortunately habits and marketing never change, so were are going to get many years of bloated bad architectures until the companies start to walk(run) into other directions.

Excuse me if the biggest part of my comment has almost nothing to do with the main subject of the article.
0 0 [Posted by: Yorgos  | Date: 06/21/12 04:25:36 AM]

great . so Intel have finally decided to go with the ARM Big.LITTLE Processing concept then ,

and the x86 Linux/server space looks to be taking on board and embracing the ARM Linaro dmabuf patches for their general use, and x86/64 are even starting to write patches for their equivalent of the latest ARM 32bit running inside 64bit ISA concept too its all good

can we also have them put generic 10GbE/10gigabit/s thunderbolt on there and specifically make a generic Ethernet over thunderbolt driver for it to become an Ethernet replacement from day one everywhere at last.

im sick of all the old Ethernet vendors not supplying anything better than crappy 1GbE cards and routers etc for years already to the home/SOHO masses at reasonable prices, and blocking cheap Ethernet over thunderbolt in the server space.
0 0 [Posted by: CortexA15  | Date: 07/01/12 01:41:55 AM]


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