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August 16, 2012
Telecom Platform Deployment Gets a Boost from Intel Xeon E5 Series
By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor
The communications demand in the carrier sector is driving the need for robust infrastructure to support multiple devices, applications and content-rich multimedia. Sophisticated microarchitectures like Intel’s (News - Alert) Sandy Bridge are stepping up to deliver value to application deployment on ATCA platforms. Intel’s Xeon E5-2600 chips based on Sandy Bridge bring speed into the equation, with nearly 20 percent more CPU power than what Intel has been able to produce in the past.
The E5 series offers value to telecom platform deployment particularly for cloud computing and virtualization. Specifically, the processors also support networking through 10 gigabit Ethernet to improve software performance.
And with improved chips comes greater memory. The newest enterprise servers running ATCA technology are capable of supporting up to 32 GB of dual in-line memory modules. This means a server with 24 slots can handle up to 750-plus GB.
Memory isn’t the only improvement – the new Intel Xeon processors are also delivering greater power efficiency, up to a 70 percent gain per watt in some cases.
Moreover, the integrated I/O allows for reduced latency and increased bandwidth. The bottleneck issue that cropped up in previous processors is dealt with by the efficient utilization of fabric; there are now 40 lanes on each PCI (News - Alert)-Express processor, and dual CPUs with 80 lanes are putting out about 200 percent more throughput than the previous generation.
Given the demand for real-time processing, deployment of Sandy Bridge-based ATCA platforms will grow as speed, performance and efficiency are further demonstrated.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein