Interesting Intel Platforms, Present and Future
Posted on: 10/26/2006 06:20 AM

I have spent the last few days in lovely Portland, Oregon as the guest of Intel. Unfortunately, the reason I came out here is something I can't talk about quite yet, but I promised you some juicy bits, and I'm here to deliver!

First up is the platform that will be replacing the current Xeon MP. The platform is Caneland, the processors, Tigerton. How does 4-way quad-core sound to you? Yeah. It sounded good to me too.

Intel was kind enough to have a fully functional machine (complete with benchmark suite) setup and running for us to play with and they informed us that we were free to publish the information and images for you guys. I wish I had the time to run the full benchmark suite on it, but suffice it to say that the few benches we ran were very impressive. So, without further ado, click here to see it in all of its glory!

Next on the list is another platform that Intel has quietly slipped into the mix. Port Townsend is a Xeon 3000 platform (it will officially support Kenstfield as well) of a different flavor. Geared specifically for the HPC market, Port Townsend a seriously scaled-down UP server platform that allows for increased density by cramming two full systems into a single 1U of rackspace.

As I said, the original aim of Port Townsend was to fill a gap between full-blown DP systems and blades in the HPC market, but I can personally see a world of other possibilities for something like this. According to Intel, their customers and OEMs are seeing multiple possibilities as well. As a currently shipping product, it'll be interesting to see where Port Townsend shows-up in the near future.

I would love to keep rambling on (about what few things I can actually discuss), but it is very late (Early, actually) and I have a plane to catch in a few hours.

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