New Intel® Xeon® Processor Pushes Mission Critical into the Mainstream

Intel’s Fastest Enterprise and High-Performance Computing Chip Provides Average of Three Times Increase in Processing Speed, More than 20 New Reliability Features


  • Largest performance leap in Intel® Xeon® processor history, with an average improvement of 3x across a range of benchmarks. Data centers can replace 20 single core servers with a single new Intel Xeon 7500 processor series-based system1.
  • More than 20 new reliability features and eight-core, 16-threaded Intel® Xeon® Processor 7500 series performance further accelerate mission-critical adoption on Intel server systems.
  • Unprecedented advances in scalability allow new designs to range from two-socket platforms up to 256 chips per system.
  • New servers to feature 4x increase in memory capacity (up to 1 Terabyte in 4-processor configurations); 8x increase in memory bandwidth.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 30, 2010 — Intel Corporation today culminated the transition to the company’s award-winning “Nehalem” chip design with the launch of the Intel® Xeon® 7500 processor series. In less than 90 days, Intel has introduced all-new 2010 PC, laptop and server processors that increase energy efficiency and computing speed and include a multitude of new features that make computers more intelligent, flexible and reliable.

Expandable to include from two to 256 chips per server, the new Intel Xeon processors have an average performance three times that of Intel’s existing Xeon 7400 series on common, leading enterprise benchmarks, and come equipped with more than 20 new reliability features.

Twenty Old Servers – To One New One

The combined scalable performance, advanced reliability and total cost of ownership advantages of the Xeon 7500 series will further accelerate the shift from proprietary systems to industry-standard Intel processor-based servers. These new capabilities enable IT managers to consolidate up to 20 older single-core, 4-chip servers onto a single server using Intel Xeon 7500 series processors while maintaining the same level of performance. In doing so, they could also see up to a 92 percent estimated reduction in energy costs and a return on their investment estimated within 1 year due to reductions in power, cooling and licensing costs.

“The Xeon 7500 brings mission critical capabilities to the mainstream by delivering the most significant leap in performance, scalability and reliability ever seen from Intel,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president of the Intel architecture group and general manager of Intel’s data center group. “This combination will help users push to new levels of productivity, and accelerate the industry’s migration away from proprietary architectures. We are democratizing high-end computing.”

New Standards in Reliability and Scalability

Mission-critical workloads run by customers that simply cannot afford unscheduled downtime such as hospitals or stock exchanges can take advantage of more than 20 new features that deliver a leap forward in reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS). These reliability capabilities are designed to improve the protection of data integrity, increase availability and minimize planned downtime.

For example, this is the first Xeon processor to possess Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Recovery, a feature that allows the silicon to work with the operating system and virtual machine manager to recover from otherwise fatal system errors, a mechanism until now found only in the company's Intel® Itanium® processor family and RISC processors.

The Intel Xeon processor 7500 series offers unique scalability through modular building blocks enabled by Intel® QuickPath Technology (QPI) interconnect. With QPI, cost-effective and highly scalable eight-processor servers that don’t require specialized third-party node controller chips to “glue” the system together can be built. Intel is also working with system vendors to deliver “ultra-scale” systems with 16 processors for the enterprise, and up to 256 processors and support for 16 terabytes (one terabyte is equal to 1,000 gigabytes) of memory for high- performance computing “super nodes” running bandwidth-demanding applications such as financial analysis, numerical weather predictions and genome sequencing.

Record-Shattering Performance

The Intel Xeon processor 7500 series represents the largest performance leap in Xeon family history, with the chip being an average three times faster across a range of benchmarks, setting over 20 new world records including stellar results from Cisco*, Dell*, Fujitsu*, IBM*, NEC* and SGI*.


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  World Record Benchmark Claims 2
SGI* Altix* UV 1000 64 SPECint*_rate_base2006, SPECfp*_rate_base2006
Fujitsu* PRIMEQUEST*1800E 8 SAP* Sales and Distribution (SD) two-tier, SPECjbb*2005, SPECfp*_rate_base2006, and SPECint*_rate_base2006
NEC* Express*5800/A1080a-E 8 TPC Benchmark* E
Cisco* UCS C460 M1 4 SPECint*_rate_base2006, LS-Dyna* car2car high-performance computing (HPC), SPECompL*_base2001
Dell* PowerEdge* R910 4 SPECjAppServer*2004
Fujitsu* PRIMERGY* RX600-S5 4 SAP* BI-Datamart
IBM* System x* 3850 X5 4 VMmark*, TPC Benchmark* E, SAP* SD two-tier, SPECjEnterprise*2010, SPECfp*_rate_base2006, and SPECjbb*2005
SGI* Altix* UV 10 4 SPECompM*2001
Dell* PowerEdge* R810 2 SPECjbb*2005
IBM* System x* 3950 X5 2 SPECint*_rate_base2006

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