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IBM Power7 Processors Launched Today

Category: CPU's
Posted: 12:00PM

Today IBM has finally launched their anticipated Power7 processors. You can expect quite a punch from this new processor, especially since servers are becoming more and more demanding as time passes by. The processor is made up of 8 physical cores, which are able to execute four threads per core meaning a total of 32-Threads. This shall rival Intel’s 8-Core Xeons, which have a total of 16-Threads. This new chip contains technology from their own, old Cell processor, "We took some of that genetic material from the Cell program--ways to do floating point (calculations)--and embedded that right into the Power7 core," said Bradley McCredie. They won’t be able to be bought separately though, you’ll have to purchase them in servers directly from IBM themselves:
•  IBM Power 780: a new category of scalable, high-end servers, featuring an advanced modular design with up to 64 Power7 cores.
•  IBM Power 770: a midrange system with up to 64 Power7 cores, featuring higher performance per core than Power6 processors and using up to 70 percent less energy for the same number of cores as Power6 processors.
•  IBM Power 755: a high-performance computing cluster node with 32 Power7 cores.

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Zertz on February 8, 2010 08:14PM
It's huge!
slick2500 on February 8, 2010 09:54PM
Thats what she said.
Zertz on February 8, 2010 09:58PM
You know, I was kind of expecting this :P
cjloki on February 8, 2010 11:25PM
i get that all the time...nbd
Zertz on February 8, 2010 08:18PM
Sorry for the double post... about 14 processors wide and 9 high. On a 300mm wafer that means the chips are well over 600mm2.. This monstrosity is larger than Fermi!
_TheAlexO on February 8, 2010 11:05PM
bigger is better :P
cjloki on February 8, 2010 11:28PM
how many linked cores were there when skynet became sentient ??

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