Examining the Processors Powering Scalable Computing
The server-processor market is creating openings for new vendors. With the emergence of mega data centers and cloud computing, server economics no longer focus on capital expenses alone. Demand for ultimate performance from a single processor has been replaced by a balanced view of capital and operating costs.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 high-density servers 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 radically different architectures, for more power-efficient ARM-based architectures, and for processors that integrate hardware accelerators.
Product Information Tempered By In-Depth Analysis
This report covers processors designed specifically for servers. We provide detailed coverage of Intel’s Xeon E3v5, E5v4, and E7v4 product lines as well as Xeon D processors for scale-out applications. We cover AMD’s Opteron family, including Opteron X and ARM-based processors, plus AMD's joint venture with Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Company (THATIC). Other ARMv8-compatible products include AppliedMicro’s X-Gene 2 and Cavium’s ThunderX and ThunderX2. We cover IBM's Power8 and the OpenPower Foundation's future product roadmap. We speculate about potential market entries from Baikal Electronics, Broadcom, HiSilicon, Phytium, and Qualcomm. This edition also continues 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 look at the vendors' 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 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 incumbent and new vendors