Intel raises bar for mission critical computing

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Intel has announced the Itanium processor 9300 series, previously codenamed 'Tukwila', which it claims delivers more than double the performance of its predecessor.

According to the chipmaker, the Itanium processor 9300 series has twice as many cores as its predecessor (four), eight threads per processor, more cache, up to 800% the interconnect bandwidth, up to 500% the memory bandwidth and up to 700% the memory capacity using standard ddr3 components. Incorporating Intel's Quickpath Interconnect technology, the processor has been designed to coordinate error handling across the hardware, firmware and operating system, and improve system availability by enabling recovery from otherwise fatal errors. The processor also uses Intel's Virtualisation technology designed to improve performance and robustness, while its Intel 7500 chipset can directly assign I/O devices to virtual machines. Kirk Skaugen, vice president Intel Architecture Group and general manager Data Center Group, said: "Intel is committed to delivering a new era of mission critical computing, and we are delighted 80% of Global 100 companies have chosen Itanium based servers for their most demanding workloads. 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."