Originally posted as Promises Delivered on December 3, 2009 at 5:26pm:
By Frank Jensen, Performance Marketing Engineer
Data Center Group Marketing, Intel
I dug up this old chart from 2007 (originally in a press briefing from 2004) talking about how we forecasted performance gains expected over the next 5 years or so (and no, we didn’t sandbag J).
Figure 1- Source: http://download.intel.com/pressroom/kits/events/idffall_2007/BriefingSmith45nm.pdf
In the multi-processor space, we’re seeing the same trend. Our upcoming launch of the next generation Intel® Xeon® processor (codenamed “Nehalem-EX”) is a WOW – even bigger than the 5500 series launch (formerly “Nehalem-EP”). We’ve already disclosed some details – like delivering greater than nine times the memory bandwidth available to the applications over the 7400 series (formerly “Dunnington”), and we also talked publicly about being able to drive three times the number of transactions in database workloads. The recent SuperComputer trade show (SC’09) had more discussion supporting that indeed this is a processor to keep an eye on for even HPC workloads - compute demand continues to be insatiable for researchers.
Figure 2 - Source: Intel internal measurements with preliminary Nehalem-EX results.
My friends, this 55x result is off the chart from our promises of years ago! Does performance matter? We think so. In so many ways, the quicker a job gets done or the more responsive a server is, the quicker a solution is found or more satisfied the end customer becomes – improving ROI or allowing for more options to be explored in the same amount of time.
These gains are fantastic. We here at IBM are pleased to continue this partnership and offer our customers these astonishing increases in performance power, scalability, and ROI. Follow the link at the top for the full post. As always, find more information on Bladecenter and System X at IBM BladeCenter and IBM System x - x86 servers for Windows and Linux