Last week, at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, Intel unveiled some additional details about the next Itanium processor, code named Poulson. The Itanium processor, as many of this blogs readers already know, is used in theHP Integrity andHP Integrity Non-Stop server lines. HP and Intel have worked to ensure that Poulson is socket compatible with the current Itanium 9300 series processors (code name Tukwila), providing an easy way to move forward for current customers.
- 32 nm design versus the current 65 nm design
- 8 cores versus the current 4 cores
- 54Mb cache on the die
- A slight decrease in power requirements, down to 170w per socket from 185 w per socket
This means that customers will see double the cores and cache and therefore a significant performance increase, while keeping operating costs such as power in line with current systems. Even better, since HP-UX is now licensed on a per-socket basis, customers will get that performance improvement without having to shell out for additional operating system licenses.
To get more of the public details on this new processor, please see the articles mentioned above. This will make for an exciting release sometime in the future.
Jacob Van Ewyk