Intel Expands Its Vision for Servers - Page 2

Jayshree Ullal, senior vice president of Ciscos Datacenter Switching and Security Technology Group, who joined Gelsinger on stage, said Cisco hardware would be able to automatically determine the status of a computer attempting to connect to a wired network and permit, deny or quarantine that system, based on its status.

A quarantined system could be made to update itself with software patches before being allowed on the network, she said. Products sporting those features will arrive in 2006, she added.

Intels Virtualization Technology, which will also hit its server platforms next year, will allow companies to divide up an Intel server to run different software and applications simultaneously.

Gelsinger demonstrated a system running VMWare Inc.s virtualization software and three different operating systems, including Microsofts Windows Server and Windows NT, along with Linux from Red Hat Software.

Gelsinger also demonstrated Microsoft Corp.s Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 running on an Intel platform.

The server software from Microsoft will incorporate support Intel Virtualization Technology, he said.

"VT becomes a core capability of the Intel platforms going forward," Gelsinger said. "With VT we make simpler and more robust virtual machines."

Intel will get the ball rolling on its enhanced server hardware by bringing out dual-core processors, which will begin shipping for servers later this year.

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Multicore is "just a better way to deliver performance," Gelsinger said.

Intel will revise its processor architecture next year, changing the underlying circuitry of its Pentium and Xeon chips to make way for multicore configurations as well as lowering their power consumption.

"The fastest rate of improvement on Moores Law [the idea that processor transistor count doubles every two years, therefore boosting performance] is going to happen over the next five years as we transition to multicore," Gelsinger said.

Intel has 10-plus quad or higher products under development now. But it will get started with dual-core Xeon DP and Xeon MP chips, based on Intels Paxville chip and designed for dual processor and four or more processor servers, respectively, in the fourth quarter, he said.

Next Page: Upcoming chips.