Software Industry Speaks Out on HPC and Intel’s 45nm Based Processors

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    Intel’s new high-performance computing (HPC) platform, based on the new Intel® Xeon® processor series 5400 (formerly codenamed Harpertown) and Intel® 5400 chipset (formerly codenamed Seaburg) are showing performance gains up to 30%1 versus current generation platforms. Please read the following quotes from the HPC industries leading ISV’s regarding the benefits they are finding by using Intel’s next generation quad-core processors. 1 (up to 30%) Source: Intel measured results Oct 2, 2007 for SPECfp_rate_base2006* comparing Xeon X5472 (3.0GHz/12M L2 Cache/1600 MHz FSB, 5400 Chipset (pre-production platform) to Xeon X5365 (3.00GHz/8M L2 Cache/1333 MHz FSB).
    !Altair_logo.jpg!“The 45nm Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5400 series is the fastest CPU we have tested with RADIOSS* to date. Thanks to the software tuning enhancements made with Intel® Software tools, both performance and scalability on multi-core have improved. Running the industrial car crash simulation with RADIOSS MPP, we observed up to 1.6x greater performance compared to the previous Intel generation of quad-core”, said Michael Humphrey, VP of Partner Programs at Altair.

    !ANSYS-logo.jpg!"Intel has demonstrated impressive performance gains for ANSYS' broad suite of simulation software running on the new Xeon® Processor 5400 Series," said Jim Cashman, president and chief executive officer at ANSYS, Inc. "These second-generation quad-core systems address the demands of today's memory-intensive, hi-fidelity, multiphysics analyses that are essential for Simulation Driven Product Development. It's this superior combination of high performance hardware and fast, reliable ANSYS software that enables our customers to meet their growing need for sophisticated engineering simulation."

    !comverse_logo.jpg!“The Comverse OMP is a multi-media MRF that includes software-based (soft DSP) video features such as audio and video transcoding and audio and video conferencing. The OMP has been optimized to take full advantage of the new Intel core micro-architecture. When used with the Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5450, it benefits from both a larger cache and a higher memory bandwidth. The result is a video compression rate that is 30% faster than the rate achieved with previous Quad-Core Intel Xeon. E5365”, said Jean-Philippe Longeray, R&D Director, Converged IP Communications, Comverse.

    !esi-group.jpg!"The increased memory bandwidth and cache-size of the new Quad-Core Intel(r) Xeon(r) Processor 5400 series leads to tremendous improvements, up to 78% more than the previous dual-core generation and 27% more than previous quad-core generation, in the parallel scalability of PAM-CRASH. This makes the new Intel® Xeon® 5400-based platform a dedicated HPC platform for crash and safety analysis." said Thorsten Queckboerner, PAM-CRASH Code Manager, ESI Group.

    !lstc-globe.jpg!John O Hallquist, President of LSTC states: “The Intel® Xeon® Processor 5400 Series brings new levels of simulation compute performance for LSTC customers. The combination of LS-DYNA and the increased throughput of the new 5400 series processors deliver significant performance improvement over previous generations.

    !MSC.jpg!"MSC's customers demand ever increasing technical compute performance and throughput while optimizing energy efficiency” said Frank Kovacs, Vice President Strategic Business Development for MSC. “We are excited to support the new Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5400 series, providing up to a 21% increase in performance for MSC MD Nastran R2 over prior generation at the same power envelope."

    !Abaqus.jpg!In keeping with the historical trend, users of Abaqus Unified FEA software look to each new generation of hardware to deliver increased compute performance in the same footprint as the previous generation of hardware. The combination of Abaqus’s parallel software technology with Intel’s multi-core hardware continues to deliver on this promise,” stated Ken Short, VP SIMULIA Strategy & Marketing. “Executing on the new Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5400 series, Abaqus accelerates 13 to 24% while maintaining the same power envelope as earlier generation technology.