Novell and Intel: The Next Chapter of Co

Solution Brief
Intel® Xeon® Processor
7500 Series
Intel Xeon Processor
5600 Series
SUSE* Linux* Enterprise
Server 11 from Novell
Novell and Intel: The Next Chapter
of Co-Innovation
Drive down cost of ownership and speed up return on
investment with SUSE* Linux* Enterprise Server 11 from
Novell and the new generation of Intel® Xeon® processors.
The rock solid tradition of engineering collaboration between Intel and Novell has
achieved new heights in providing performance, reliability, and efficiency for both
virtualized and non-virtualized server workloads. Standards-based open solutions
deliver new breakthroughs in innovation and value, and with optimization of SUSE
Linux Enterprise Server 11 on both the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series and Intel Xeon
processor 5600 series, IT organizations can choose between outstanding options for
the full range of enterprise workloads.
A modular, general purpose operating system, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is an ideal
choice for the full range of enterprise computing, from edge and infrastructure workloads
to the most mission-critical applications and databases. Its optional extensions provide
advanced capabilities so customers pay for just what they need, keeping costs low and
value high. Deploying on the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series provides for “scale-up”
capability, while the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series provides for “scale-out.” Both
options benefit from the reliability, performance, and interoperability of SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server 11.
“The long-standing collaboration between Novell and Intel continues
to provide great value to our customers. The combination of SUSE*
Linux* Enterprise and the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 and [Intel Xeon
processor] 5600 series together lower cost of ownership and provide
our customers with a faster return on their investment.”
- Carlos Montero-Luque, VP of Business and Product Management, Open Platform Solutions (Linux), Novell
Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series for scalable
performance on servers with four sockets and above
Exceptional scalable performance with advanced reliability
delivers success for your most data-demanding applications,
and intelligent performance automatically adapts to the
diverse needs of a virtualized environment:
Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series for
efficient performance on two-socket servers
The next generation of intelligent server processors
automatically regulates power consumption to combine
industry-leading energy efficiency with intelligent
performance that adapts to your workload:
• Scalable Performance. World record performance with
scalability up to 32 processors and 16 DIMMs per socket.
• Intelligent Performance. Boosts server performance
by increasing processor frequency when more headroom
is needed.
• Flexible Virtualization. Very high virtualization
performance and consolidation ratios, as well as the
ability for multiple generations of servers to participate
in the same virtual server pool.
• Automated Energy-Efficiency. Automatically regulates
power consumption by dynamically lowering the power
state of processor and memory components when possible.
• Advanced Reliability. Machine Check Architecture Recovery
allows the operating system to take corrective action and
continue running when uncorrected errors are detected.
• Flexible Virtualization. Enables servers from multiple
generations to be in the same virtualized server pool
to extend failover, load balancing, and disaster
recovery capability.
Take Enterprise Performance to the Next Level
Unleash the new generations of intelligent performance in your data center to support demanding workloads with the ability to dynamically
adjust processor frequency based on changing requirements. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and the latest Intel Xeon processors take
advantage of the extensive contributions to the Linux kernel by both Intel and Novell.
The two companies build from that foundation with a deep co-engineering relationship that has fostered regular design consultations on this
solution stack since the early planning stages of both the processors and operating system. The result is a highly optimized set of hardware and
software technologies that deliver excellent results for customers, with high throughput, low latency, and the ability to dynamically adapt to
changing workload conditions.
Breakthrough performance is delivered by the capabilities of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and the hardware features of Intel’s Nehalem
microarchitecture, which are the foundation of both the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series and the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series.
“SUSE* Linux* Enterprise 11 is highly tuned for scalable
performance on the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series.
The operating system supports clusters with up to 2,048 cores,
for excellent throughput on very large workloads. The system’s
ability to adapt processor frequency to the workload also helps
customers get more out of every server.”
- Carlos Montero-Luque, VP of Business and Product Management,
Open Platform Solutions (Linux), Novell
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INTELLIGENT PERFORMANCE FROM INTEL AND NOVELL
Hardware Performance Features:
Intel® Xeon® Processors
Software Performance Features:
SUSE* Linux* Enterprise Server 11 from Novell
• Intel® QuickPath Interconnect. Delivers CPU-to-CPU
and CPU-to-I/O bandwidth up to 6.4 gigatransfers per
second (GT/s)
• I nfiniBand* support. Enables open interconnect
technology for throughput- and latency-sensitive
workloads
• Integrated memory controllers. Connects distributed
shared memory locally to each processor, improving
memory latency
• Remote Direct Memory Architecture (RDMA) support.
Enhances data sharing among networked devices
• Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. Increases operating
frequency when the processor is below power and
thermal capacities
• Increased core count. Offers up to eight execution
cores on the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series and six
on the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series
• Enhanced tracing, tuning, and debugging tools.
Significantly improves platform control to increase
performance
• Advanced threading model. Improves efficiency
of thread creation, scheduling, and retirement for
enhanced parallelism
Scalable Performance on Servers with Four or More Sockets:
Efficient Performance for Two-Socket Servers: The Intel Xeon
The Intel Xeon Processor 7500 Series
Processor 5600 Series
The Intel Xeon processor 7500 series delivers world record four-way
The new Intel Xeon processor 5600 series delivers breakthrough
and eight-way processor performance that enables more transactions
performance compared to its predecessors, enabling very high
per server for scalable, data-demanding enterprise applications, with
server consolidation ratios, lower operating costs, and rapid return
scalability up to 32 processors and 16 DIMMs per socket.
on investment. The Intel Xeon processor 5600 series provides up
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 builds on Linux’s reputation
as a high-performance, reliable operating system with memory
management, multi-pathing, and I/O capabilities, coupled with
support for high-speed interconnects and multi-threaded file
to six cores and 12 processing threads per socket. Built on Intel’s
new 32nm process technology, this workhorse is the genius behind
industry-leading two-socket servers that fulfill mainstream needs for
organizations of all sizes.
systems. Using an enhanced and tuned 2.6 series Linux kernel for
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) New Instructions, another
optimal performance, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 supports
outstanding performance feature of the Intel Xeon processor 5600
more than 16 TB of RAM on certified systems and implements NUMA
series, dramatically increases the robustness and speed of encryption.
(non-uniform memory access) to augment memory throughput
By enabling encrypt and decrypt routines to run faster, this feature
and enhance scalability.
allows customers to increase their use of encryption, even in cases
where processing overhead precluded its use previously. As a result,
IT organizations are now able to implement better data protection, for
improved alignment with the needs of the business as a whole.
“The continuing tradition of co-engineering between Intel and Novell has delivered new levels
of performance on the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series and 5600 series that will benefit
our joint customers immediately.”
- Doug Fisher, Vice President and General Manager, Systems Software Division, Intel
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ADVANCED RELIABILITY FROM INTEL AND NOVELL
Hardware Reliability Features:
Intel® Xeon® Processor 7500 Series
Software Reliability Features:
SUSE* Linux* Enterprise Server 11 from Novell
• M
achine Check Architecture Recovery. Raises an
exception when a hardware error occurs, often allowing
recovery without interruption
• S
USE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension.
Simplifies cluster deployment and management for
physical, virtual, and hybrid clusters
• M
emory or processor replace or hot-add. Allows
memory to be added or processors to be replaced
without server restart
• S
wap-over NFS. Supports using NFS (network file
system) over IP to enable the use of centralized
network-based storage
• P
redictive Failure Analysis. Detects signs of memory
failure in advance and helps minimize the impact of
those failures
• C
ontrol groups. Enables IT to assign specific hardware
resources to given workloads, for more granular control
over the environment
“SUSE* Linux* Enterprise and the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series are a very cost-effective
option for mission-critical computing. The platform introduces a range of reliability features to
recover smoothly from processor or memory failures. We expect to see fast adoption as an
alternative to expensive proprietary platforms.”
- Carlos Montero-Luque, VP of Business and Product Management, Open Platform Solutions (Linux), Novell
Cut the Cost of Mission-Critical Computing
with Advanced Reliability
The Intel Xeon processor 7500 series and SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server 11 are an excellent platform for reducing the capital and
operating costs associated with mission-critical applications. Taking
advantage of large-volume manufacturing and open source software,
this platform is now a better alternative than ever to higher-cost
proprietary architectures such as UNIX* on RISC.
A broad spectrum of reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS)
features provides the basis for mission-critical reliability, including
Machine Check Architecture Recovery, which enables the operating
system to handle machine check exceptions raised by the hardware,
keeping the system online in the presence of otherwise-uncorrectable
errors. The combination of hardware and software can automatically
monitor, report, and recover from hardware errors to maintain data
Extend Server Value with Flexible Virtualization
Maximize the value of virtualization in your enterprise with servers
based on the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series and Intel Xeon
processor 5600 series running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, which
benefit from the many years of collaboration between Intel, Novell,
and the Xen* project. In fact, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server was the
first enterprise-class operating system to ship with and fully support
the Xen hypervisor and the first to ship KVM.
This well-optimized hardware-software stack delivers excellent
virtualized performance that drives up consolidation ratios and
enables innovative virtualized usage models for high organizational
agility and low operating costs. And thanks to Intel® Virtualization
Technology FlexMigration (Intel® VT FlexMigration), you can combine
servers from multiple generations into the same virtualized server
pool to extend failover, load balancing, and disaster recovery capability.
integrity and keep services online.
“With the availability of servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series running SUSE*
Linux* Enterprise Server 11 from Novell, we expect to see an acceleration of the trend away
from proprietary systems for mission-critical computing.”
- Doug Fisher, Vice President and General Manager, Systems Software Division, Intel
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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 is optimized to run as a high
performance guest on leading hypervisors and supports an unlimited
number of virtual machines per physical system with a single
subscription, making it an excellent guest operating system for virtual
computing. To provide advanced virtualization capabilities to the data
center, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 incorporates a cutting-edge
set of capabilities on the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series and Intel
Xeon processor 5600 series:
•Cutting-edge hypervisor support. SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server 11 SP1 supports the updated Xen 4.0 hypervisor as well
as KVM for enhanced robustness, flexibility, and scalability in the
virtualized data center.
•Optimization for the ecosystem. Close collaboration with
VMware, Microsoft, and the Xen community supports optimization
of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 as a guest on VMware ESX*,
Microsoft Hyper-V*, and Xen.
“End customers seeking better energy
efficiency in their data centers are going
to be very happy with the Intel® Xeon®
processor 5600 series. They will be able
to reduce the number of servers they
need and accomplish more work while
saving more energy.”
- Doug Fisher, Vice President and General Manager,
Systems Software Division, Intel
•Virtual Machine Driver Pack. This fee-based bundle of
paravirtualized network, bus, and block device drivers allows fully
virtualized Windows* and Linux workloads to run on SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server with near-native performance.
Reap the Benefits of Automated Energy Efficiency
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and the Intel Xeon processor 5600
series work together to automatically regulate power consumption,
delivering dramatically better performance per watt compared to that
of previous generations. Intel® Intelligent Power Technology lowers
energy costs by automatically putting processor cores and memory
into the lowest available power state that can meet the performance
requirements of the current workload.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 is highly optimized for Intel Intelligent
Power Technology, dynamically reducing platform power in response
to workloads, and it provides a broad array of other software-based,
power-saving features. Together, these capabilities reduce energy
use in the data center through lower server power consumption and
decreased cooling requirements, which combine to aid the bottom line:
•Improved utilization of low power states. Support for
the Tickless Idle capability of the Linux kernel and additional
enhancements to eliminate unnecessary timer events help reduce
the need for the processor to exit low power states, conserving the
energy that would be spent “waking” the system.
•Granular power profiles. IT administrators can apply the file-based
power profiles provided by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 to exert
very granular control over power management requirements across
the enterprise.
•Dynamic rebalancing to power down idle servers. PlateSpin
Orchestrate* and PlateSpin Migrate* can work with Intel VT to migrate
live virtual machines onto fewer servers during off-peak periods.
•Reduced server count. High consolidation ratios are enabled by
the advanced virtualization capabilities of the Intel Xeon processor
5600 series and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.
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Plan Now for Your Next Generation of Business Success
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series and Intel Xeon processor 5600 series drive synergies that take IT to the
next level of intelligent performance, advanced reliability, flexible virtualization, and automated energy efficiency. Decades of collaboration deliver a
robust infrastructure that prepares your businesses for a successful future.
Learn More:
Intel® Xeon® Processors: www.intel.com/xeon
Novell/Intel Collaboration: www.novell.com/linux
Open Source at Intel: oss.intel.com
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