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December 19, 2012
Telecom Platform Deployment Optimized with Sandy Bridge
By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor
AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) hardware systems would run much differently now if it weren’t for Sandy Bridge architecture, which is currently used in the Intel Xeon processors on the market. The telecom platform deployment providers behind Sandy Bridge were focused on building a processor that could offer improved speed – and they accomplished that as the CPU capabilities jumped about 17 percent over its predecessor.
According to this NEI (News - Alert) blog post, the networking capabilities are certainly more expansive under Sandy Bridge. By amassing virtual computers in a private cloud, users are finding that their ATCA platforms are a perfect match with Sandy Bridge in bringing more powerful solutions to the forefront. PCI (News - Alert)-Express 3.0 is part of the Xeon processor, which has assisted in bringing faster throughput speeds as well as a 30 percent latency reduction.
So how does this add value to the telecom space? Let’s look at the batteries that power mobile devices: Sandy Bridge’s 32nm micro architecture provides an extended battery life, which is something users are demanding. And that’s just the beginning. The Xeon E5-2600 Sandy Bridge server processor is capable of powering massive virtualized solutions with better efficiency than ever before. And it comes just as the data-intensive applications are in great demand.
Telecom platform deployment gets a boost from the Sandy Bridge architecture through its eight cores in the E5-2600 series, which can run around 50 percent faster than the previous Xeon processor. The processor also supports dual in-line memory modules, which perform at 32Gb. Telecom platform deployment also enjoys some cost savings through the energy efficiency of the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture, which increases performance by around 70 percent.
The E5 family of processors actually makes it possible for telecoms to provide service providers with dual processor blades that run more efficiently than AdvancedTCA. The Xeon E5 also has value in telecom platform deployment because it reduces latency while increasing bandwidth. The product puts out a higher I/O throughput, and ATC blades can work at 10 Gb per node, which is of significant value to applications that deliver wireless video.
Using Sandy Bridge processors, telecoms need fewer nodes to process the same amount or more data than required in previous processors. When these processors are running virtual machines, telecoms have more scalability in their platform deployment designs. Space is at a premium, and carriers are looking for ways to reduce their computing space. Sandy Bridge processors’ speed and small footprint are the perfect solution.
With the advancements in multicore processors, for which Sandy Bridge qualifies, it’s now possible for the consolidation of numerous specialized server platforms into one private cloud deployment. The efficiencies and performance improvements possible with Sandy Bridge optimize use and add value to telecom platform deployment strategies. Combined with solutions from NEI, corporate and small business environments are better positioned to streamline operations, even where telecom is involved.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein