2A Closer Look at Itanium
Among the key enhancements to the Itanium 9500 is a doubling of the number of processing cores, from four to eight, over the current Itanium 9300 “Tukwila” chips. In addition, the Poulson chips offer twice the instruction throughput, 8 percent less power consumption than the Itanium 9300 processors, and 80 percent reduced power in each core when idling.
HP refreshed its high-end Integrity line of servers with Intel’s new Itanium 9500 chips, including its Superdome 2 system, which will come with new blades and greater high availability, a key consideration for mission-critical workloads. The upgraded Superdome 2 offers a boost in performance, scalability and reliability.
HP also is bringing the new Poulson chips to three Integrity server blades for the BladeSystem c-Class enclosure, including the BL890c i4, which offers up to eight sockets. The servers can fully isolate workloads and protect data integrity through electrically isolated hard-partitioning, and use 21 percent less power with new low-voltage DIMMs, or dual in-line memory modules.
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Inspur, a Chinese systems maker, will use Intel’s new Itanium 9500 chips in its 32-socket K1 computer. The system will offer up to 256 cores and 4 terabytes of memory. Inspur officials said the RAS features in the chip, along with its pin compatibility with the current Tukwila Itaniums and road map for future chips convinced them to embrace the Poulson processors for the K1.