Posts Tagged ‘Nehalem’

 

Cloud News: OpenSource and the Cloud, 48-Core Clouds & 2010 Cloud Attacks

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 by

I’m going to try something new here. Cloud Computing news breaks all of the time. While in the past, I have focused mainly on GoGrid product announcements and lengthy commentary on articles that talk about Cloud Computing, I have realized that there is so much happening within the atmosphere that sometimes it is hard to keep up.

So, I’m going to try (emphasis on try) to scour the daily news and blogosphere for anything related to Cloud Computing that I see as relevant, timely and/or interesting post a link to the article and write my 2 cents (shots from the peanut gallery) about it. I would appreciate getting any links of consolidated Cloud information. Feel free to leave a comment or send me a tweet on either the GoGrid twitter account or my account.

Without further ado…onto the Cloud News!

  • Open source: The money is in the cloud
    “For those entrepreneurs looking to make a living from open-source software, Index Ventures general partner Bernard Dallé has some advice: get thee to a cloud strategy. The cloud isn’t simply a clever way to provide social-networking services, either. As Dallé suggested in a phone interview on Wednesday, cloud computing may well be the best way to monetize enterprise-facing open-source software.” (source: cnet)

    • Commentary: I couldn’t agree more. There are so many fantastic OpenSource solutions in the market that you are hard pressed to go wrong. One thing you need to consider, though is the support around it. Many OpenSource companies do provide premium support for their products. When you couple OpenSource with the Cloud, you really enable your business to keep your spending lean and mean. This is one of the reasons, for example, that GoGrid has partnered with BitNami as they provide easy-to-deploy OpenSource software stacks that are baked into predefined GoGrid server images.
  • Intel hopes 48-core chip will solve new challenges
    “Pushing several steps farther in the multicore direction, Intel on Wednesday demonstrated a fully programmable 48-core processor it thinks will pave the way for massive data computers powerful enough to do more of what humans can. The 1.3-billion transistor processor, called Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC) is successor generation to the 80-core “Polaris” processor that Intel’s Tera-scale research project produced in 2007. Unlike that precursor, though, the second-generation model is able to run the standard software of Intel’s x86 chips such as its Pentium and Core models.” (source: cnet)

    • Commentary: Intel has really been pushing the envelop lately with advances in their various chipsets. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how GoGrid’s Cloud will be powered by the new Nehalem chipset. While neither the Nehalem nor this new 48-core chip will solve all of a Cloud hosting provider’s problems or bottlenecks, it is a dramatic step forward in terms of baking efficiency and power down to the lowest level of infrastructure as possible. I expect that as things get smaller, faster, more energy efficient and (hopefully) less expensive, there will be little or no difference between Cloud and Physical Infrastructures.

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Intel’s Latest Generation Microarchitecture, Codenamed “Nehalem” to Power GoGrid Cloud

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 by

GoGrid is “suping up” its CPU architecture. Within the next few months, we will be rolling out new infrastructure using next-generation Intel microarchitecture, specifically the Nehalem 5500 line. Recently, we have been running a series of internal tests as we evaluate Intel’s new multi-core performance as enabled within these CPU chipsets.

Nehalem & GoGrid

I spent some time with Telemachus Luu, GoGrid’s Director of Business Strategy, and a senior-level GoGrid cloud architect in order to better understand what this means to GoGrid and its customers. I won’t bore you with overly technical details, if you do have any technical questions about the Nehalem processor or how GoGrid will be using it, please feel free to leave a comment on this post.

There are three main items that were outlined to me, specifically:

  1. Increased Memory Bandwidth – For GoGrid users who have larger Virtual Machines that are processing a great deal of data (e.g., financial analysis or large database queries), those users will see a definite benefit with better memory handling.
  2. HyperThreading – By utilizing HyperThreading, GoGrid is able to provide a better ratio of CPU processing elements (in the form of cores or threads) to our customers. This means that under heavy VM CPU loads, the scheduling latency improves.
  3. Extended Paging Tables (EPT) – By using Extended Paging Tables and architecting appropriately, some of the critical memory management work that would have been done in the software layer can now be largely performed within the hardware itself.

However, in my discussions, I also picked up some other interesting tech tidbits that make a lot of sense. For example, there is a definite advantage of using the HT/Virtual Cores of the Nehalem processor versus just throwing in other older chipsets. You can, for example, get 30% “more” out of a virtualized core that uses only 5% more silicon than you can by simply adding more physical CPUs. Also, you can pack more cores (physical and virtual) within a server using the Nehalem than you could with the previous generation Intel chipsets.

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