Hardware is equally as important as the software that makes use of it. You can have the fastest CPU coupled with the fastest graphic card, but without proper optimized drivers, all that power is useless. Vice versa, you have software able to take advantage of parallel computing (running on multiple cores) , but your hardware is as old as a Pentium 4.
From all of our articles, i'm sure you can guess by now that the computing power required by future web generations will be enormous. How are the future web servers able to cope with such demands such as cloud computing? Pushing data, not to mentioned the processed games from OnLive servers?
Well towards the middle of 2011, web servers will have the option to be equipped with 10 CORE processors ! Yes 10 cores !
Intel will be releasing their latest refresh to the Xeon line, codenamed "Westmere-EX". For those whom aren't aware, octo-core CPU's have been around since 2010 it self.
Whats so remarkable then, right?
Hello !?!?! that was just a year ago, and a year later 2 additional cores have been added. If Intel keeps this pattern up, theres no doubt that web servers of the future will have plenty of power at their disposal. Not to to mention, be more environmental friendly with lower power consumption rates.
Keep in mind, all Intel CPU's since 2010 come with Hyper Threading, a feature which adds a virtual thread, giving each core 2 threads. Do the math, 10 cores with Hyper Threading gives us 20 THREADS from ONE CPU !
Whats your prediction for next year? 12 cores for 2012?
Kevin Parrish, TomsHardware, [ONLINE] Retrieved 4th April 2011
URL : http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Xeon-westmere-EX-Nehalem-EX-10-cores-160-threads,12230.html