Power vs. Nehalem: Time to Double Up and Double Down
April 13, 2009 Timothy Prickett Morgan
The first TPC-C online transaction processing benchmark tests are in for the new two-socket “Nehalem EP” Xeon 5500 processors from Intel, and as I suggested would be the case in last week’s coverage of that chip announcement, IBM had better get its fingers out of its ears and get to work goosing the two-socket and four-socket servers with some Power6+ chips, or be prepared to cut prices on the i 6.1 software stack to compete against Windows on these Nehalem machines.
The news is not, perhaps, as bad as it could be. First, let’s take a deep breath and