Ultimate Cloud Computing Processor

US processor designer Tilera recently announced the release of its new cloud computing processor which is seen as a major competitor to the Intel x/86 / x64 general purpose processor. The company claims that it is the ultimate Cloud Computing processor. Tilera’s computing processor, TILE-Gxâ„¢ 3000 processor family is specifically designed for today’s most common cloud computing applications. Co-developed with some of the world’s largest Internet brands, the TILE-Gx 3000 processors are optimized for cloud datacenters. The TILE Gx 3000 family, is based around a 64-bit core, and comes in 36, 64 and 100-core versions. The company is expecting that it will consume 80% lower Wattage than Intel’s recently announced ‘Sandy Bridge Xeon,’ which is claimed to have a 10x performance per Watt advantage over the Intel device.

Tilera’s Director of Marketing, Ihab Bishara, stated “that the company has been working with many of the leading Cloud Computing businesses on the development of the 3000 processor family.” The processors target scale-out data centers, particularly high throughput-oriented applications. These include web applications that require high throughput processing and low latency, database applications and the increasingly important in-memory databases, which require high-memory throughput and storage but in turn offer much faster and richer performance. Each core includes 32 kilobytes (kB) of L1 I-cache, 32 kB of L1 D-cache and 256 kB L2 cache, with up to 32 megabytes L3 coherent cache across the device. Processor utilization is optimized using advanced memory stripping that utilizes up to 4 integrated 72-bit DDR3 memory controllers that support up to one terabyte (TB) total capacity. The TILE-Gx 3000 series integrates smart NIC hardware for pre-processing, load balancing, and buffer management of incoming traffic. As well, the TILE architecture is supported with the latest Linux release (2.6.36) enabling users to get their Linux-based applications up and running easily.

Tilera highlights the processor’s features by comparing it to Intel’s processors. For instance, a single 36-core device can replace a single-socket Sandy Bridge 8-core server, while a 64-core device will replace a dual-socket 8-core Sandy Bridge-based server. In addition, the 100-core device will replace a quad-socket 8-core Sandy Bridge server. Bishara notes that all “provide better performance while consuming much less power.”

Bishara noted “the suitability of the processors for tasks such as analytics and data mining applications.” Full support is provided for the standard languages used on building cloud applications, including ANSI C/C++, Java, PHP, Perl and Python. The advanced programming frameworks supported include Erlang, TBB, and open MP, while the standard management protocols available include IPMI 2.0, SNMP, Syslog, Telnet, SSH, TFTP, FTP and SCP. The first of the TILE-Gx family of processors, the 36-cores device, will be sampling in July of 2011, with the 64 and 100-core devices available early in 2012.