My IDF Keynote – Instilling Energy In The Enterprise

Yesterday was quite a day at the Intel Developer’s Forum (IDF). If you weren’t able to be here to join us you can see the keynotes at Take a look.

In my keynote I was able to give some details on the performance data of the Penryn, the future Intel Core 2 Duo processor family of products. The numbers are strong. Penryn includes quite a few microarchitecture features that make it a lot more than just a shrink in die size. In particular, the bandwidth-intensive and floating-point applications will benefit from the 1600 front-side bus (FSB) on the next-generation server platform. This platform will be key in areas like workstations and high performance computers. We demonstrated yesterday a more than 45% bandwidth increase. It amazes me we’ve been able to take the FSB this far in speed. I remember when we thought we’d never see it go much past 800 and now we are seeing speeds of 1066, 1333, and even 1600 Megahertz (MHz). Don’t expect much faster though as we make the big move to the new system architecture with Nehalem in 2008.

Nehalem is way cool and our design team is making great progress toward delivering it in 2008. I’m looking forward to giving you a lot more details about it in the future. I also gave the first glimpse of Larrabee, our first tera-scale processor. Solving the programmability of any such highly parallel machines is the key problem and IA programmability is the solution.

Our Intel vPro and now Intel Centrino Pro processor technologies are looking great. I particularly liked being able to demonstrate out-of-band wireless (802.11n) remote manageability. No more wires!

It was great having Sun on the IDF stage for the first time ever. It’s been 84 days since we announced the deal and voilà, we have our first system this quarter; and Caneland, our quad- and dual-core Intel Xeon processor 7300 series for servers, combined with Solaris for Intel Dynamic Power Technology, was a cool first ever demo.

I look forward to your feedback and questions.

5 Responses to My IDF Keynote – Instilling Energy In The Enterprise

  1. JeffG says:

    Sounds interesting, especially the Larrabee part. I’d like to know whether you see Larrabee competing with GPU’s or working alongside them (taking some of the rendering stress off of them like the cell can do in the PS3). For example, in your dual socket gaming platform, could you see a PC with a Nehalem CPU, a Larrabee in the other socket, and a pair of Graphics cards?
    Also, it seems to me that Larrabee might be good at physics handling workloads in games. How would Larrabe compare against an Ageia PPU in that area?

  2. Intel definitely delivered exciting stuff at the conference. I can’t thank you enough for insisting on focusing on technology and the role it plays in innovation.
    A small disappointment was the practical possibilities for being hooked up to the internet while at the conference. Wireless access was poor if not impossible.
    After hours of listening to appraisals and promises of wi-fi, Wimaxx, 802.11n and more it tends to get a little strange not having the internet access at hand to actually mediate all the exciting new stuff.
    Best regards
    Kurt westh Nielsen, Computerworld Denmark

  3. Daniel says:

    Thanks for providing a lot of new information, and of course I appreciate the ongoing wonderful things Intel puts out. I just bought a Conroe Core 2, which runs almost unbelievably, and have recently picked up some INTC stock and other goodies.
    In line with the previous question about Larrabee, can you provide any information whatsoever regarding possible graphics products in Intel’s future w/ open source drivers, regardless of whether it’s derived from Larrabee or not, and regardless of whether Larrabee is intended to serve as a basis for discrete graphics end-user products? I, and no doubt others, would greatly appreciate learning about this even if it’s just something along the lines of “yeah, we can’t talk about specific products or anything, but we are working on stuff that probably meets your description and will be out within the next five years.”
    At the least, it would help with current buying decisions!
    Thanks again, and I look forward to all the cool stuff in Intel’s future.

  4. Tony T says:

    I am curious to find out the history of this great thing called the multi-core era. Who invented the multi-core processor? How long has it been researched? How multi-core architectures become the mainstream architectures for scientific and embedded applications? What are the new software problems with this new hardware design?

  5. Someone says:

    Hi Pat, I look forward to your future blog posts. Can you do one on Itanium? I’d like to read about the roadmap, the platform conversion with x86 and whatever happened to the Foxton technology. Thanks!