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Intel Looking to "Re-Architect" Datacenters for New Services

By - Source: Intel

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."

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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."

The full report can be accessed here, as well as the company's "Performance" website.

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