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Intel's Nehalem-EX Targets Mainframe, RISC Systems

Mar 31, 2010, 22:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"Intel is targeting the mainframe and RISC systems market with its new Xeon 6500/7500 lines of server processors that offer many features normally reserved for those high end systems.

"The two processor lines were developed under the Nehalem-EX codename . The 6500 is meant for economical two-socket designs while the 7500 is for two- to eight-socket servers. They can address much more memory than previous Xeons and feature reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) designed to support 24/7/365 operation. These processors are specifically aimed at high-performance computing (HPC) and mission-critical computing.

"The x86 architecture has made tremendous inroads to the datacenter and is the overwhelming server of choice for many tasks. But in the mission-critical space, for servers that must always run and never go down, x86 has played second fiddle to mainframes and RISC processors, most notably the Sun UltraSparc and Intel's own Itanium processors."

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