The new quad-core Xeon 7300 processor Intel announced yesterday should provide twice the application performance of its dual-core server chips, according to Rick Jacobsen in Intel's financial services industry marketing group. With the use of virtualization, applications should run two-and-a-half times faster than they do today on 7300-powered servers, and the new chip offers three times the performance per watt, which should translate into data centers that are three times as efficient as they are today."Wall Street is space and electricity constrained, density is a big issue and data centers that are already completely full of old servers can take out those old servers and put in these new ones, thereby increasing the performance of those data centers," Jacobsen says.
Applications should be easily migrated over to the new processor, Jacobsen says, but companies may be able to obtain further benefits by optimizing their applications for the new chip, for example by using multithreading. Java applications are already well suited to take advantage of quad core, he says. Jacobsen expects that on Wall Street, the new chips will be deployed first to accelerate trades and move higher volumes of data faster.