Top OEMs will be rolling out systems supporting the new dual-core Opterons. Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif., will unveil a new blade server, the ProLiant BL45p, and an upgraded four-way ProLiant DL585 with the dual-core chips. "Dual-core is proving to be extremely capable for [multiprocessor] implementations," said Steve Cumings, group manager for HPs ProLiant Opteron systems. "The four-[processor] market is a market where customers are always concerned about performance."In addition, HP will offer ProLiant BL25p, BL35p and DL385 servers and the x29300 workstation with dual-core chips once AMDs dual-core 200 models are released. For its part, Sun Microsystems Inc., of Santa Clara, will offer dual-core capabilities throughout its entire Opteron-based server line, starting with the four-way Sun Fire V40z. The system is aimed at mission-critical applications such as databases, business intelligence and data warehousing, said Graham Lovell, senior director of x64 servers for Suns Network Systems Group. Sun officials said they expect dual-core to rapidly become the default architecture in the industry. "It will corner the industry very quickly because why would you take a single-core if you could have two cores?" asked John Fowler, executive vice president of Suns Network Systems Group. "People will want to get that additional performance." Analysts are mixed on the outlook for the transition to dual-core processors. Click here to read more. IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., will offer an upgraded IntelliStation A Pro workstation and eServer 326 server with AMDs dual-core Opterons, according to Susan Davi, worldwide product marketing manager for IBMs IntelliStation workstations. With multithreaded applications, customers can expect to see a 20 percent to 30 percent performance gain, Davi said. The workstation also will feature PCI Express support and a quieter design, she said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
The dual-core systems will be available within 30 days, at the same prices as their single-core counterparts, Cumings said.