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NEBS Report: 'Nehalem' Architecture's Features Ideal for Today's Telecom Pros

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January 11, 2010

NEBS Report: 'Nehalem' Architecture's Features Ideal for Today's Telecom Pros

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor


A new year always brings new resolutions, and new predictions. One that NEI is making: Intel’s (News - Alert) ‘Nehalem’ architecture will become more popular with OEMs and other telecom professionals, who have new areas of focus in 2010 and need architecture that’s flexible and can serve multiple purposes.

 
Additionally, in the telecom space, there is a shift toward ATCA open-standards-based technology, some of the green-field initiatives like 4GE and LTE (News - Alert) rollouts.
 
These are just a few of the reasons Intel’s Nehelem’s architecture has become so attractive, Jeff Hudgins, vice president of engineering for Canton, Mass.-based NEI, told TMCnet during a recent Podcast interview. Another big draw to the solution is its low cost and the promise of a reduced space footprint by service providers.
 
“So there’s a long list of improvements and enhancements in the Nehelem architecture, like the quick-path interconnect, which eliminates the front-side bus, increased memory capacity, hyperthreading, multi-course processing,” Hudgins told TMCnet during the podcast.  
 
One of the big benefits the architecture offers in the ATCA arena is the increase in memory access without an increase in power.  
 
“So you actually have up to four times the amount of memory access in a single blade moving from a 16 ‘meg’ up to a 64 ‘meg,’ which is hugely important in the ATCA arena,” Hudgins said. “And you couple that with some of the multi core technology – it’s a huge process-performance enhancement that plays out in this space.”
 
NEI, Emerson (News - Alert) and Intel hosted a webinar on the top three things that you can do to prepare for the transition to Intel Xeon 5500 series-based servers.

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri







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