|08-31-2013, 09:17 PM||#1|
Intel Looking to "Re-Architect" Datacenters for New Services
Intel said on Monday that its upcoming Atom C2000 family of 64-bit SoCs are expected to become available later this year, and will be based on the company’s 22nm process technology and the Silvermont microarchitecture. The "Avoton" chips will be aimed at high-density microservers and storage, and the "Rangeley" chips will focus on network devices. They'll feature up to eight cores, support up to 64 GB of memory, and have integrated Ethernet. "The new products are expected to deliver up to four times the energy efficiency and up to seven times more performance than the first generation Intel Atom processor-based server SoCs introduced in December last year," the company said. "Intel has been sampling the new Intel Atom processor server product family to customers since April and has already more than doubled the number of system designs compared to the previous generation."
Intel also outlined its roadmap of next-generation products based on its forthcoming 14nm process technology scheduled for 2014 and beyond. These include the next generation of Intel Xeon E3 family (aka "Broadwell") CPUs for processor- and graphic-centric workloads, and the next-generation Intel Atom SoCs (aka “Denverton”) that will enable even higher density deployments for datacenter operators.
Intel also revealed a new SoC designed from the ground up for the datacenter. It's based on Intel's next-generation "Broadwell" microarchitecture that succeeds the just-launched Haswell microarchitecture. Intel said this chip will bring higher levels of performance in "high density, extreme energy efficient systems that datacenter operators will expect in this increasingly services-oriented, mobile world."
The roadmap is part of Intel's plan to "re-architect" network, storage and servers. The company's Rack Scale Architecture (RSA) is also part of the plan, an advanced design that promises to dramatically increase the utilization and flexibility of the datacenter to deliver new services. Open cloud company Rackspace Hosting shares Intel's vision, as it has launched new server racks powered by Xeon processors, Intel Ethernet controllers, and storage accelerated by Intel SSDs. This Rackspace design is the first commercial rack scale implementation, Intel said.
Also in Intel's scheme are Open Network Platform reference designs to help OEMs build and deploy this new generation of networks. The company also has a plan to optimize workloads, including customized CPU and SoC configurations. Intel said its robust pipeline of current and future products and technologies will allow Intel to "expand into new segments of the datacenter that look to transition from proprietary designs to more open, standards-based compute models."
"Datacenters are entering a new era of rapid service delivery," said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group at Intel. "Across network, storage and servers we continue to see significant opportunities for growth. In many cases, it requires a new approach to deliver the scale and efficiency required, and today we are unveiling the near and long-term actions to enable this transformation."
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|08-31-2013, 09:19 PM||#2|
پاسخ : Intel Looking to "Re-Architect" Datacenters for New Services
Intel Aims to “Re-Architect” Datacenters to Meet Demand for New Services
New Era of Services-Oriented Datacenters Gives Opportunities for Expansion
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the massive growth of information technology services places increasing demand on the datacenter, Intel Corporation today outlined its strategy to re-architect the underlying infrastructure, allowing companies and end-users to benefit from an increasingly services-oriented, mobile world.
“Across network, storage and servers we continue to see significant opportunities for growth. In many cases, it requires a new approach to deliver the scale and efficiency required, and today we are unveiling the near and long-term actions to enable this transformation.”The company also announced additional details about its next-generation Intel® Atom™ processor C2000 product family (codenamed “Avoton” and “Rangeley”), as well as outlined its roadmap of next-generation 14nm products for 2014 and beyond. This robust pipeline of current and future products and technologies will allow Intel to expand into new segments of the datacenter that look to transition from proprietary designs to more open, standards-based compute models.
“Datacenters are entering a new era of rapid service delivery,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group at Intel. “Across network, storage and servers we continue to see significant opportunities for growth. In many cases, it requires a new approach to deliver the scale and efficiency required, and today we are unveiling the near and long-term actions to enable this transformation.”
As more mobile devices connect to the Internet, cloud-based software and applications get smarter by learning from the billions of people and machines using it, thus resulting in a new era of context-rich experiences and services. It also results in a massive amount of network connections and a continuous stream of real-time, unstructured data. New challenges for networks, computing and storage are emerging as the growing volume of data is transported, collected, aggregated and analyzed in datacenters. As a result, datacenters must be more agile and service-driven than ever before, and easier to manage and operate.
The role of information technology has evolved from being a way to reduce costs and increase corporate productivity to becoming the means to deliver new services to businesses and consumers. For example, Disney* recently started providing visitors with wirelessly connected-wristbands to enhance customers’ in-park experience through real-time data analytics. Additionally, a smart traffic safety program from Bocom* in China seeks to identify traffic patterns in a city of ten million people and intelligently offers better routing options for vehicles on the road.
‘Re-Architecting’ Network, Storage and Servers
To help companies prepare for the next generation of datacenters, Intel revealed its plans to virtualize the network, enable smart storage solutions and invest in innovative rack optimized architectures.
Bryant highlighted Intel’s Rack Scale Architecture (RSA), an advanced design that promises to dramatically increase the utilization and flexibility of the datacenter to deliver new services. Rackspace Hosting*, an open cloud company, today announced the deployment of new server racks that is a step toward reaching Intel’s RSA vision, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel Ethernet controllers with storage accelerated by Intel Solid State Drives. The Rackspace design is the first commercial rack scale implementation.
The networking industry is on the verge of a transition similar to what the server segment experienced years ago. Equipping the network with open, general purpose processing capabilities provides a way to maximize network bandwidth, significantly reduce cost and provide the flexibility to offer new services. For example, with a virtualized software defined network, the time to provision a new service can be reduced to just minutes from two to three weeks with traditional networks. Intel introduced Open Network Platform reference designs to help OEMs build and deploy this new generation of networks.
Data growth is a challenge to all datacenters and transferring this large volume of data for processing within a traditional, rigid storage architecture is costly and time consuming. By implementing intelligent storage technologies and tools, Intel is helping to reduce the amount of data that needs to be stored, and is improving how data is used for new services.
Traditional servers are also evolving. To meet the diverse needs of datacenter operators who deploy everything from compute intensive database applications to consumer facing Web services that benefit from smaller, more energy-efficient processing, Intel outlined its plan to optimize workloads, including customized CPU and SoC configurations.
As part of its strategy, Intel revealed new details for the forthcoming Intel® Atom™ processors C2000 product family aimed for low-energy, high-density microservers and storage (codenamed “Avoton”), and network devices (codenamed “Rangeley”). This second generation of Intel’s 64-bit SoCs is expected to become available later this year and will be based on the company’s 22nm process technology and the innovative Silvermont microarchitecture. It will feature up to eight cores with integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64GB of memory.
The new products are expected to deliver up to four times1,3 the energy efficiency and up to seven times1,2 more performance than the first generation Intel Atom processor-based server SoCs introduced in December last year. Intel has been sampling the new Intel Atom processor server product family to customers since April and has already more than doubled the number of system designs compared to the previous generation.
Roadmap for Expansion
The move to services-oriented datacenters presents considerable opportunities for Intel to expand into new segments. To help bolster the underlying technologies that power much of the next generation of datacenters, Intel outlined its roadmap of next-generation products based on its forthcoming 14nm process technology scheduled for 2014 and beyond. These products are aimed at microservers, storage and network devices and will offer an even broader set of low-power, high-density solutions for their Web-scale applications and services.
The future products include the next generation of Intel Xeon processors E3 family (codenamed “Broadwell”) built for processor and graphic-centric workloads such as online gaming and media transcoding. It also includes the next generation of Intel Atom processor SoCs (codenamed “Denverton”) that will enable even higher density deployments for datacenter operators. Intel also disclosed an addition to its future roadmap – a new SoC designed from the ground up for the datacenter based on Intel’s next-generation Broadwell microarchitecture that follows today’s industry leading Haswell microarchitecture. This SoC will offer higher levels of performance in high density, extreme energy efficient systems that datacenter operators will expect in this increasingly services-oriented, mobile world.
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Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.
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1vs Intel® AtomTM S2100. Intel Atom C2000 pre-production silicon measurements. Intel internal measurements as of July 2013.
2Dynamic Web Benchmark: Atom S1260 (8GB,SSD,1GbE), Estimated Score=1522. Atom C2xxx (32GB, SSD,10GbE), Estimated Score=11109. Atom S1260: DBC SDP w/Intel® Atom™ S1260 (2.0GHz, 2C), Hyper-Threading Enabled, 1x8GB DDR3-1333 MHz UDIMM ECC, BIOS version D134.4, Fedora* 17, Linux Kernel 3.3.4-5fc.x86_64, Apache 2.2.22, PHP 5.4.7, Boot Drive 1x 150GB SSD, Addl Drive 2x 150GB SSD, 2xGbE, Score: 1522
Atom C2xxx: MPK SDP w/Intel® Atom™ C2xxx (8C), Turbo Disabled, 4x8GB DDR3-1600 MHz UDIMM ECC, BIOS version 18D05, Fedora* 17, Linux Kernel 3.3.4-5fc.x86_64, Apache 2.2.22, PHP 5.4.7, Boot Drive 1x150GB SSD, Addl Drive 1x 800GB SSD, 1x10GbE, Score: 11109
3Results are estimated by Intel using the SPEC benchmark software cited and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.
Atom™ S1260: FOR.INTEL.cpu2006.1.2.ic13.1.linux64.01june2013, Supermicro* 5017A-EF with one Intel® S1260 processor (2-core 2.0GHz), EIST Enabled, Hyper-Threading Enabled, 8GB memory (1x 8GB DDR3-1333 UDIMM ECC), 250GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 . Score:Estimated SPECint*int_rate_base2006=18.7. Est. Node Power=20W
Atom™ C2xxx: FOR.INTEL.cpu2006.1.2.ic13.1.linux64.01june2013, Intel® Mohon Peak Alpha platform with one Intel® Avoton processor (8-core), Turbo Boost Disabled, 16GB memory (2x 8GB DDR3-1600 UDIMM ECC), 250GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4. Score: Estimated SPECint_rate_base2006=69, Est. Node Power=19W
|08-31-2013, 09:27 PM||#3|
LEFT]Intel Has a New Xeon, Needs a Transmeta Desperately
Intel Has a New Xeon, Needs a Transmeta Desperately
1. Is Xeon Worth the Upgrade?
Earlier this month, Intel unveiled its new Xeon E3-1200 v3 processor. The new entry-level server CPU sits comfortably between Intel's core server products on the x86 high-end, as well as its Atom S processor on the low-end. Intel would want you to replace at least some of your servers now, and benefit from the laundry list of improvements that are at the center of their sales pitch. But is the new Xeon good enough to capture your attention?
Of course it is, at least according to Intel. The CPU is positioned as a "cloud media processing" engine with "energy efficient graphics", and hardware accelerated media encode support. The target market are all those applications that include media streaming as well as desktop virtualization. Intel claims that this chip can provide 10x real time 1080p (30fps) video encode, while the processor is (up to) 18 percent more energy-efficient than the Ivy Bridge-based predecessor, and delivers (up to) 52 percent greater performance per watt. 23 different SKUs of the processor are shipping, in a range from 1.1 to 3.5 GHz, for 13 to 84 watt TDP, and from $193 to $774 cost per CPU (tray price).
If you intend to prove that you are serious about a certain market, this product launch has certainly made an impression: The new Xeon, based on the company's Haswell architecture, sounds like a solid upgrade over Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge and there is the notion that a CPU upgrade can pay off for the customer.Lowering the Bar: Not Just Power, but Expectations as Well
I am not aware of any benchmark results of this new CPU, and actual results will usually depend on very specific IT environments. But it would be an exaggeration to state that Haswell, which has been praised by Intel prior to its launch for well over a year, has been received with enthusiasm in the media. What we have read about so far is the desktop processor variant, which is, despite the declining impact of the desktop PC, still the best opportunity for a processor manufacturer to showcase the capability of the underlying technology of a CPU. For desktop processors, there is not a "good enough", as only the best is "good enough" for many CPU buyers in this segment. Unfortunately, Haswell has been described as a disappointment so far.
The hope is that future iterations will deliver greater performance gains, even if we understand that Haswell is a "world-architecture", targeted at the world of mobile devices that depend on greater power efficiency.
|08-31-2013, 09:28 PM||#4|
2. Why Intel Needs Another Transmeta
What is Good Enough? There has been an ongoing discussion just how much a new processor product has to improve in order to be perceived as good enough by a target customer. We generally expect some level of improvement, but that expectation has been shrinking for some time as the days of massive performance gains one or two decades ago are long gone. If we are ignoring the PR claims of Xeon E3-1200 v3 capabilities for a moment, and look a bit closer to the first actual, independent test results of the architecture in desktop processors, we can expect a gradual improvement over its predecessor, and greater levels if you have use for the graphics engine in an entry-level server. And even if we give the E3-1200 v3 the benefit of the doubt, you may still yawn over the potential benefits that are laid out in the product launch press release.
The bottom line: Haswell is yet another gradual upgrade in an market segment with lack of competition that results in a slowing innovation pace and less interesting products -- in a time that would desperately need a disruptive product to bring back general interest to innovate around the hardware in IT environements.
The Power Angle
Here is an example why I argue that the E3-1200 v3 is probably the best example of a lack of CPU innovation yet. As well as the Haswell architecture may perform in power-focused environments, it is not exactly a new idea to make a CPU more power-efficient. It is something we have come to expect in every new product -- it is a byproduct that is unlikely to attract much attention that Intel would not have anyway due to its dominant market position. And let's not forget that Intel's focus on power is not grown on Intel's pioneering spirit to drive new technology trends, but is simply a reaction of plain market demand in the mobile space that has been built by others.
Interestingly, this is not the first time that this happened: In 2000, one day before Transmeta showed its then revolutionary Crusoe processor, Intel introduced its first power-saving technology for a processor, openly admitting that it was inspired by Transmeta. It was also Transmeta that announced in October 2001 a server-targeted processor with integrated graphics, with very much the same target market that Intel is defining for its latest Xeon processor. Transmeta's power-focused IGC TM6000 system on a chip was announced when Intel was still stuck in a gigahertz-race and promised us 40 GHz CPUs by 2010.
Transmeta may not have had an eco-system in place to support its visions, it may not have had the staying power necessary to survive in a cut-throat market, and it may not have had the marketing prowess to create product credibility against an overwhelming Intel; but it surely had the vision for a radically different processor with completely new ideas that not only attracted attention, but opened the minds of developers. Transmeta's technology disappeared, but the idea that power-efficiency is critical for CPUs is more common today than it has ever been before.
|08-31-2013, 09:29 PM||#5|
3. Complacency & Disruptive Innovation
Complacency? It was at the times when Intel's rivals were pushing disruptive technologies, when Intel delivered its strongest and most compelling products, even if they were based on larger ideas others had first. Those who have been around in this industry for awhile, may also remember instances when this was true for the competition between AMD and Intel, and the mass-introduction of 64-bit support, for example.
Today, we could easily make the case that Intel's renewed focus on power is driven by market requirements that were identified and addressed first by ARM. In the server space, AMD's Seamicro unit still alleges that Intel largely resisted to address the microserver market segment for some time, and only became interested when Seamicro created a functioning product without the support of the processor manufacturer.
Intel may be evolving CPU technology, and may even achieve a leadership position, but we also know that it is as far from revolutionizing the server CPU as AMD is from returning to the glorious times of the first-generation Opteron CPU. As far as innovation is concerned, Intel could and should be showing much more than it does. In a way, Intel feels too comfortable in its place and appears to be very complacent. Haswell may be Intel's best processor yet, but I don't think it is good enough for the market opportunity that is available today.
I doubt Intel's problem of bringing more interesting products to market is creativity. If you have ever been at the final keynote at an Intel Developer Forum, you know that the company is working on some wacky ideas.
Looking back a bit into CPU history, I found one of my articles from 2001 -- the very same time frame when Transmeta pushed a radically different processor than Intel had -- in which I covered an interview with Intel's hardware genius, Justin Rattner, at the Microprocessor Forum. Back then, he explained that future microprocessors would integrate anti-virus software in 2001. He had a clear vision that CPUs would increasingly rely on new features, instead of greater clock speeds and felt that CPUs would evolve much more like cars and adopt features and functionality over time. That came true to some degree, for example in the form of virtualization support, but in a much conservative form than it was originally pitched, and most certainly in a more subdued form than a dramatic strategy shift from clock speed to power consumption. And the feature additions in CPUs may not compare favorably to the feature additions in cars in recent years.
There is no denying that Rattner's prediction that future processors are about features was accurate, and it may be even more so the case in the future, if the trend of gradual performance improvements will continue. Of course, your guess is as good as mine which will be the next disruptive processor feature -- and as long as Intel is only riding a wave of existing trends, there is an opportunity for rivals and startups to identify new opportunities and pursue them.
Intel needs to take a startup mentality much more seriously and adopt a sense for greater risks to drive innovation. In the end, only a new Transmeta may be able to drive CPU innovation and renew interest in what the CPU of the future may be, what it will do and what devices it will power from the top down, from servers to handheld products.
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