Itanium Processor 9300 Series Makes Its Debut
With twice as many cores, Intel’s two-billion-transistor processors more than double the performance of their predecessors.
Intel Corp. has introduced the Itanium processor 9300 series, previously codenamed “Tukwila.” Itanium processors deliver more than double the performance of their predecessors. They also boost scalability and add reliability features.
With the Gartner Group predicting a 650 percent growth in IT data over the next five years, businesses are likely to need increasingly powerful and scalable servers. Intel’s two-billion-transistor Itanium processor 9300 series meets this need head on, with twice as many cores as its predecessor (four versus two), eight threads per processor (through enhanced Intel Hyper-Threading Technology), more cache, up to 800 percent the interconnect bandwidth, up to 500 percent the memory bandwidth, and up to 700 percent the memory capacity using-industry standard DDR3 components.
The Itanium processor 9300 series adds to the architecture’s resiliency with new reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features that extend across the processor, its Intel QuickPath Interconnect technology, and the memory subsystem. The processor’s advanced machine-check architecture coordinates error handling across the hardware, firmware, and operating system. It also improves system availability by enabling recovery from otherwise fatal errors.
The Itanium 9300 processor employs the second generation of Intel Virtualization Technology to improve performance and robustness. Its Intel 7500 chipset can directly assign I/O devices to virtual machines, further boosting efficiency.
Intel vice president Kirk Skaugen says the company’s Itanium processor 9300 series ushers in a new era of “mission-critical computing. “We are delighted 80 percent of Global 100 companies have chosen Itanium-based servers for their most demanding workloads,” he adds. “Intel is continuing to drive the economics of Moore’s Law into mission-critical computing with today’s Itanium 9300 processor announcement, more than doubling performance for our customers once again.”
Senior vice president and general manager of business critical systems at Hewlett-Packard Martin Fink say the Itanium processor 9300 series, combined with HP Integrity servers, make an ideal technology infrastructure for “changing mission-critical demands.” The combination, he says, “helps customers achieve new levels of scalability and resiliency with advanced virtualization capabilities to meet those needs.”†
OEM systems based on the Intel Itanium processor 9300 series will be binary-compatible with existing software and can provide major performance improvements without the need for additional software optimization, Intel explains.
The Intel Itanium processor 9300 series ranges in price from $946 to $3,838 in quantities of 1,000. OEM systems are expected to ship within 90 days.†
Future Intel Itanium processors in development today are being designed for socket and binary compatibility with Intel Itanium 9300 processor-based systems and software. They are designed to scale in performance and capacity through component upgrades, without software recompilation, so customers can continue to expand and adapt their mission-critical computing systems.
“Poulson,” the codename for the next Itanium processor, will add an advanced multi-core architecture, instruction-level, and hyper-threading enhancements, new reliability features and more.
The Itanium 9300 processor series and the future Intel Xeon processor, codenamed “Nehalem EX,” share several platform ingredients, including the Intel QuickPath Interconnect, the Intel Scalable Memory Interconnect, the Intel 7500 Scalable Memory Buffer (to take advantage of industry standard DDR3 memory), and I/O hub (Intel 7500 chipset).
Intel says common elements of forthcoming solutions “foster shared innovation, design synergy, and manufacturing efficiency across Intel Xeon and Itanium processor families, and flexibility for customers.”