Intel Speeds Data Movement

The chip maker says its new I/O Acceleration Technology will allow systems to move data to applications 30 percent faster than current networked servers.

Intel Corp., as part of its push to focus more on platforms than components, is introducing a technology designed to speed up the movement of data from the network to the application.

Intels I/O Acceleration Technology will enable systems to move data to data center applications 30 percent faster than current networked servers, said Stephen Chenoweth, marketing manager for Intels Digital Enterprise Group.

"This is solving one of the more perplexing problems that IT administrators are facing with servers," Chenoweth said.

Interconnect speeds and processor frequency is increasing, but applications arent progressing as fast, he said. Intels acceleration technology relies on components that already are in use, as opposed to TCP/IP offload engines that are used currently, said Frank Spindler, vice president of Intels technology programs. The technology takes advantage of the protocol stack already in the CPU, the chip set copies the data, commands and data are processed in parallel and memory can be directly access in the network controller.

Spindler said more details on the acceleration technology will be released during the Intel Developer Forum the first week in March in San Francisco.

During the show, the chip maker will talk about multicore and 65-nanometer processors, as well as its technologies on the processors—which Intel calls the "Ts"—such as Vanderpool for virtualization, HyperThreading, EM64T for 64-bit capabilities and Active Management Technology for enhanced platform management, Spindler said.

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Dual-core capabilities are due in the desktop Pentium 4 chips, code-named "Smithfield," which should start appearing later in the first half of the year, Spindler said. Intel already is sampling the chips with customers. Intel is expected to announce 64-bit capabilities in its Pentium 4 processors this month. "Montecito," the first of the dual-core Itanium 2 processors, is due toward the end of this year, and Xeon processors will get dual-core capabilities in early 2006.

In addition, chips built on the 65-nm process should begin coming out toward the end of the year, Spindler said.

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