Analyzing the Processors for Scalable Computing
The server-processor market is changing, creating openings for new vendors. With the emergence of mega data centers and cloud computing, server economics no longer focus on capital expenses alone. In addition to high performance, server customers need to balance capital expenses and operating costs. Performance per watt and performance per watt per dollar are the new metrics driving purchasing decisions in large data centers. Physical density is also growing in importance, driving greater scalability and new form factors such as microservers that pack more nodes into precious rack space.
In this new era, backward compatibility is less important than before and innovation takes the front seat. Intel and AMD — the incumbent vendors — continue to innovate and advance their Xeon and Opteron designs, respectively. Integration, microarchitecture advances, and process technology are the primary factors in x86 evolution. But new entrants are eyeing cloud-computing environments as an opening for CPU architectures that are more power efficient.
Product Information Tempered With In-Depth Analysis
This report covers merchant-market processors designed specifically for servers. We provide detailed coverage of Intel’s Xeon D, E3, E5, and E7 product lines as well as its new Atom products for microservers. We cover AMD’s Opteron family, including Opteron X for microservers and the company’s new ARM processor. Other ARM-compatible products include AppliedMicro’s X-Gene 1 and X-Gene 2, Broadcom’s Vulcan, and Cavium’s ThunderX. This edition adds coverage for IBM’s Power8 processors and upcoming server processors from HiSilicon. We also speculate about future entries from Qualcomm and others. In addition, we continue our coverage of coprocessors (or accelerators) for high-performance computing (HPC), including Intel’s Xeon Phi, Nvidia’s Tesla, and AMD’s FirePro.
This report analyzes each vendor and each product, probing their strengths and weaknesses and presenting key details in a consistent, easy-to-compare fashion. We examine processor performance, integration, power dissipation, and overall system design. Where possible, we also evaluate the vendors' product roadmap.
Make Informed Decisions
As the leading vendor of technology analysis for microprocessors, The Linley Group has the expertise to deliver a comprehensive look at these technologies. Our analysts use their broad experience to deliver the technical and strategic information you need to make informed business decisions. And in case you are not familiar with all of the concepts involved in processor and server designs, the report includes several introductory chapters that define and describe terms such as superscalar, multithreading, pipelines, and virtualization.
This report is written for:
- OEMs that need to make strategic vendor selections
- ODMs supplying cloud-computing and HPC customers
- Data-center architects looking at alternative platforms
- Marketing and engineering staff at companies that sell other server components
- Financial analysts who desire a detailed analysis and comparison of both incumbents and new vendors