Intel to Ship 8-Core Server Processors Later this Fall

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DJSPIN80

From a business perspective, I can virtualize the crap out of my servers and utilize fewer hardware.  I could also utilize this for processing large chunks of data - though, on the other hand, I'm probably more keen to use nVidia's CUDA technology instead.  But this will make a great server none-the-less, wish I could afford one for my home. :P

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Th3MadScientist

People clueless to the server market will obviously say it is pointless to have more cores because applications are not coded for multiple cores...please educate yourself

These server are not meant to run single threaded applications, they are going to be used for virtualization using VMWare ESXi or VSphere where entire servers will be virtualized and paritioned using the servers bare metal resources. Standalone servers can then be decomissioned and save the company on cooling and energy costs. 

You are able to host all the server of a small company on one of these servers when virtualized.

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Defiant

The comments below were regarding hyper threading, not physical cores... If thats what you were referring to

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Caboose

 You know, I honestly don't know why Intel keeps using Hyper-Threading. IMO it's pointless. Lets take a CPU, and cut it's processing power in half so that it can run 2 threads at the same time, that way we can have2 things run half as fast!

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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DJSPIN80

Not quite, the cores themselves are running at x.xx Ghz, Hyperthreading doesn't half the processing power, all it does is allow the core to run two threads simultaneously.  Hyperthreading (a.k.a., SMT or Symmetrical Multi-Threading) requires that software be SMT aware - so there are some drawbacks, but Windows is SMT aware.

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Defiant

It doesn't work like that, when something is using your processor core it isn't using all the parts of it, so hyper threading allows another thread to use those unused parts at the same time.  It sucked on the pentium 4s, but its awesome on my core i7 920, its a good technology now.  I can agree with you now though when we are getting into 8+ cores it is just pointless becuase there are enough physical cores.

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Denis63

Ah, Defiant, don't forget about the Atoms! They have HT too!       -Denis

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