Intel debuts Xeon 5500 marq

Intel has launched a clutch of enterprise-class processors today, with its Xeon 5500 leading the pack. The chip giant is styling the 5500 as its ‘most revolutionary’ server processors since the Intel Pentium Pro processor was introduced in 1995.

The Xeon 5500 series, previously codenamed Nehalem-EP offers several sub-features designed to enhance system speed and versatility, the company claims. These features include Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading technologies, integrated power gates, and upgraded Intel Virtualisation Technology improved through extended page tables, allowing the system to adapt to a broad range of workloads. The new chips can also automatically adjust to specified energy usage levels.

“As use of the Internet expands towards Intel's vision of 15 billion connected devices, the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series will also power an upcoming transformation for the Internet's infrastructure,” says Patrick Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. “The 5500 series will enable customers to tap growth markets, such as cloud computing, high-performance computing, and embedded systems.”

The 5500 arrived amid plaudits from end-users who have been trialling it installed in the products of Intel partners (like Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Dell), such as European Space Agency, CERN, University of Zurich, and London Stock Exchange.

"We make extensive ongoing use of the Intel fasterLAB in order to evolve our core business applications,” says London Stock Exchange CTO Robin Paine. “We have been able to see the immediate impact of the move to 45nm and scaling to the multi-core Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, and beyond.”

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