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April 08 2014

Chip Shot: Intel, 3M, SGI Reduce Datacenter Cooling Costs by 95 Percent

Today, Intel, 3M and SGI announced the implementation of a fully functional supercomputer that uses two-phase immersion cooling technology that can reduce cooling energy costs by up to 95 percent and reduce water consumption by eliminating municipal w…

March 27 2014

Cloudera, Intel Commit to Accelerate and Transform How Enterprises Use Big Data; Intel Makes Significant Equity Investment in Cloudera

PALO ALTO, Calif., and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2014 – Intel Corporation and Cloudera today announced a broad strategic technology and business collaboration, as well as a significant equity investment from Intel making it Cloudera’s largest strategic shareholder and a member of its board of directors. This is Intel’s single largest data center technology investment in its history. The deal will join Cloudera’s leading enterprise analytic data management software powered by Apache Hadoop™ with the leading data center architecture based on Intel® Xeon® technology. The goal is acceleration of customer adoption of big data solutions, making it easier for companies of all sizes to obtain increased business value from data by deploying open source Apache Hadoop solutions. Both the strategic collaboration and the equity investment are subject to standard closing conditions, including customary regulatory approvals.

Cloudera will develop and optimize Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) for Intel architecture as its preferred platform and support a range of next-generation technologies including Intel fabrics, flash memory and security. In turn, Intel will market and promote CDH and Cloudera Enterprise to its customers as its preferred Hadoop platform. Intel will focus its engineering and marketing resources on the joint roadmap. The optimizations from Intel’s Distribution for Apache Hadoop/Intel Data Platform (IDH/IDP) will be integrated into CDH and IDH/IDP and will be transitioned after v3.1 release at the end of March. To ensure a seamless customer transition to CDH, Intel and Cloudera will work together on a migration path from IDH/IDP. Cloudera will also ensure that all enhancements will be contributed to their respective open source projects and CDH.

The collaboration with Cloudera promises to enhance both Intel data center and Internet of Things (IoT) technology initiatives by enabling customers to manage and analyze machine-generated data from a variety of sources, spanning sensors to gateways and a range of devices.

“By aligning the Cloudera and Intel roadmaps, we are creating the platform of choice for big data analytics,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group. “We expect to accelerate industry adoption of the Hadoop data platform and enable companies to mine their data for insights that inform the business. This collaboration spans our data center technology from compute to network, security and storage, and extends to our initiatives for the Internet of Things.”

Both companies remain committed to the open source community that has been the driving force behind Hadoop. The companies will also execute joint go-to-market strategies that include coordinated product, channel and sales programs.

“Hadoop has changed the entire conversation around data,” said Tom Reilly, chief executive officer, Cloudera. “Based on our ability to store, process and analyze all kinds of data, increasingly in new ways, the potential for advances in business, social and economic environments are vast. Teaming with Intel, the industry leader in data center technology innovation, presents an opportunity for us to layer Hadoop into a platform’s core framework. The result is rapid performance improvements on workloads such as those extracting intelligent insight. Intel’s vision for delivering open, performance optimized solutions for big data is synergistic to our vision to help companies accelerate time to achieving success.”

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About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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About Cloudera
Cloudera is revolutionizing enterprise data management by offering the first unified Platform for Big Data: The Enterprise Data Hub. Cloudera offers enterprises one place to store, process and analyze all their data, empowering them to extend the value of existing investments while enabling fundamental new ways to derive value from their data. Founded in 2008, Cloudera was the first and is still today the leading provider and supporter of Hadoop for the enterprise. Cloudera also offers software for business critical data challenges including storage, access, management, analysis, security and search. With over 20,000 individuals trained, Cloudera is a leading educator of data professionals, offering the industry’s broadest array of Hadoop training and certification programs. Cloudera works with over 900 hardware, software and services partners to meet customers’ big data goals. Leading organizations in every industry run Cloudera in production, including finance, telecommunications, retail, internet, utilities, oil and gas, healthcare, biopharmaceuticals, networking and media, plus top public sector organizations globally.http://www.cloudera.com/ www.cloudera.com

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Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the proposed transactions between Intel and Cloudera, including but not limited to statements regarding Intel’s equity investment in Cloudera and in the development of and adoption of Hadoop and Intel data center technology. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in these forward-looking statements. Among the important factors that could cause future events or results to vary from those addressed in the forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties arising from, among other things, the possibility that the closing of the transactions may be delayed or may not occur; the ability of Intel and Cloudera to align their product roadmaps; demand for and market acceptance of the products offered by Intel and Cloudera; and developments in competing technologies. For other factors that could cause Intel’s results to vary from expectations, please see the risks detailed from time to time in Intel’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Intel undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements.

March 26 2014

Intel and Broad Institute Dramatically Improve Speed of Analytics for Genome Analysis Toolkit

Improvement Will Help Accelerate Analysis of Genetic Samples for Cancer, Neurodegenerative Disorders and Cardiovascular Disease

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Broad Institute’s new version of the Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK) has been optimized for Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions found in Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers.
  • The Intel AVX-based acceleration is capable of speeding up the main computational kernel and yields three to five times overall improvement in variant discovery.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March. 26, 2014 – Intel Corporation and the Broad Institute today announced dramatic improvements in the time it takes to analyze genetic information and detect genetic variants associated with medical conditions. By optimizing the latest version of the Broad’s Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK) 3.1 for Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX) in Intel® Xeon®-powered servers, Intel and the Broad were able to achieve three to five times overall improvement in variant discovery to meet the challenges of research and accelerate discovery.

These improvements enable a whole genome to now be analyzed in one day instead of three. Together with new methods, GATK 3.1 can now analyze data sets consisting of tens of thousands of DNA samples – a hundred times improvement over what was previously achievable. The improved speed for variant analysis in large association studies will help enable new medical discoveries never before thought possible for conditions such as cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and cardiovascular disease.

“Through this remarkable partnership with Intel, we’ve been able to significantly reduce the run time for our variant caller – one of the key tools within the GATK,” said Eric Banks, Group Leader of Genome Sequencing and Analysis at the Broad Institute. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Intel to improve the quality and performance of the whole GATK pipeline to benefit people worldwide.”

“Intel is privileged to work with the experts at The Broad Institute on solving some of today’s most significant computational bottlenecks that stand in the way of scientific discovery,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president of Intel’s Data Center Group. “We are committed to tackling ambitious challenges to make personalized medicine a reality for everyone.”

GATK 3.1 is available for academic, noncommercial use through the Broad Institute’s web site at www.broadinstitute.org/gatk/. Commercial and for-profit users can license GATK 3.1 through Appistry at www.appistry.com/gatk.

Broad Institute and Intel Collaboration
As part of a recently formed collaboration between Intel and the Broad Institute’s Genomics Platform, Intel helped speed the performance of Broad’s GATK software by using Intel AVX. The GATK 3.1 is a new software package developed at the Broad Institute to analyze next-generation re-sequencing data.GATK has tens of thousands of users worldwide, and offers a wide variety of tools, with a primary focus on variant discovery and genotyping as well as strong emphasis on data quality assurance. Its robust architecture, powerful processing engine and high-performance computing features make it capable of taking on projects of any size.

Intel AVX is a 256-bit instruction set extension to Intel® SSE found in Intel platforms ranging from notebooks to servers, and is designed for applications that are highly compute intensive. Intel AVX improves performance, better manages data and is ideally suited for applications like image, audio/video processing, scientific simulations, financial analytics and 3D modeling and analysis.

This achievement is the first of many projects that will reflect the collaboration’s long-term goal of improving the quality and performance of the GATK pipeline on Intel servers.

About the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT was launched in 2004 to empower this generation of creative scientists to transform medicine. The Broad Institute seeks to describe all the molecular components of life and their connections; discover the molecular basis of major human diseases; develop effective new approaches to diagnostics and therapeutics; and disseminate discoveries, tools, methods and data openly to the entire scientific community.

Founded by MIT, Harvard and its affiliated hospitals, and the visionary Los Angeles philanthropists Eli and Edythe L. Broad, the Broad Institute includes faculty, professional staff and students from throughout the MIT and Harvard biomedical research communities and beyond, with collaborations spanning over a hundred private and public institutions in more than 40 countries worldwide. For further information about the Broad Institute, go to www.broadinstitute.org.

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

Intel, Xeon and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

March 17 2014

Intel and the Internet of Things

Intel’s Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are dramatically changing the way computing is being woven into our everyday lives: from automotive, healthcare, and retail to manufacturing, IOT, wearables, and more. The Internet of Things is creating a world with endless possibilities.

The Internet of Things is sometimes referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things, the Internet of Everything (IoE), or Industry 4.0. Intel defines the Internet of Things as devices that are connecting to the internet, integrating greater compute capabilities, and using data analytics to extract valuable information.

Through exciting innovations in IoT, Intel enables the possibility for cars that recognize their drivers, supermarket displays that help plan dinner menus, baby clothing that delivers real-time information about your child, and devices that automate energy and water use for optimal savings.

IoT will influence both consumer and business sections. Intel’s IoT focus spans from Quark to Xeon; devices to data centers; hardware and software; security and services; and is delivering products and technologies that embed intelligence into everyday objects to connect and share data and enable the connected world.

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March 03 2014

Chip Shot: Moving to the New Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 V2 Product Family

All Intel® Server Boards and Systems that support Intel® Xeon® E5-4600 processors are “drop-in compatible” with the Intel® Xeon® E5-4600 v2 product family at production silicon availability. Look for the green “V2″ sticker on the outer packaging indicating the product already has an Intel Xeon E5-4600 v2-compatible BIOS installed. If not, download the latest BIOS and update by first installing a compatible Intel Xeon E5-4600 processor.

February 18 2014

Intel Advances Next Phase of Big Data Intelligence: Real Time Analytics

Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 Family Delivers Industry’s Most Advanced Technology for In-Memory Analytics to Accelerate Major Business Transformations

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Introduces new Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family designed for mission critical computing, featuring the industry’s largest memory support1 to enable large data sets to be analyzed rapidly and deliver real-time insights based on a vast amount of diverse data.
  • Delivers up to 80 percent more performance and up to 80 percent lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than alternative RISC architectures2.
  • The new processor family achieves twice the average performance and has four times the I/O bandwidth of the previous generation3.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 18, 2014 – To help companies in a variety of industries from retail and healthcare to banking and transportation turn data into actionable insights, Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family.

Using analytics enables businesses to make decisions that improve top-line and bottom-line results. The Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family delivers new capabilities to process and analyze large, diverse amounts of data to unlock information that was previously inaccessible.

“Organizations that leverage data to accelerate business insights will have a tremendous edge in this economy,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group. “The advanced performance, memory capacity and reliability of the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family enable IT organizations to deliver real-time analysis of large data sets to spot and capitalize on trends, create new services and deliver business efficiency.”

Big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are providing enormous opportunities for many organizations to grow as they create revenue-generating services from the information they are able to derive. The big data technology and services market is expected to grow 27 percent annually through 2017 to reach $32.4 billion4. A leading driver of this growth is the immense amount of data coming from connected devices making up the IoT, which is projected to grow to 30 billion devices by 20205. Investments in the highest performing technologies and analysis solutions can also deliver significant cost savings. For example, Intel’s IT organization expects to achieve cost savings and increased bottom-line revenue of nearly half a billion dollars through use of analytics solutions by 2016.

New Big Data Processing and Analytics Capabilities with Relentless Reliability
The Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family has triple the memory capacity of the previous generation processor family, allowing much faster and thorough data analysis. In-memory analytics places and analyzes an entire data set – such as an organization’s entire customer database – in the system memory rather than on traditional disk drives. This method is gaining in popularity due to the increased need for more complex analytics. Industry analyst firm Gartner expects 35 percent6 of mid- to large-sized companies will adopt in-memory analytics by 2015, up from 10 percent in 2012 and predicts at least 50 percent of Global 2000 companies will use in-memory computing to deliver significant additional benefits from investments in enterprise resource planning (ERP).

eBay, one of the world’s largest and most complex online marketplaces, handles massive data sets of more than 50 petabytes (PB) for more than 100 million users. Based on initial testing of the new Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 and SAP’s HANA* in-memory analytics software, eBay has seen greater performance7 and understanding of larger data sets that will help drive additional revenue opportunities for its customers.

Built for up to 32-socket8 servers, with configurations supporting up to 15 processing cores and up to 1.5 terabytes (TB) of memory per socket, the new processor family achieves twice the average performance of the previous generation3. These enhancements help businesses that run mission critical applications including business support systems (BSS), customer relationship management (CRM), and ERP to operate more efficiently, at lower cost and with faster response times2. For example, a sales team with these capabilities can maximize revenue by pinpointing the best time to sell a product, or let an oil and gas company better predict when its platforms require preventative maintenance.

To reduce data bottlenecks, the Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 family features Intel® Integrated I/O, Intel® Data Direct I/O and support for PCIe 3.0*, achieving up to four times the I/O bandwidth over the previous generation9 and providing extra capacity for storage and networking connections.

System uptime and reliability also remains a key requirement for mission critical applications. The Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 family continues Intel’s tradition of delivering world-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS). Intel® Run Sure Technology10 is designed for “five nines” solutions essential for business-critical data by reducing the frequency and cost of planned and unplanned downtime.

Extensive Industry Support
Starting today, 21 system manufacturers from around the world will announce more than 40 Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family-based platforms. These manufacturers include Asus*, Bull*, Cisco*, Dell*, EMC*, Fujitsu*, Hitachi*, HP*, Huawei*, IBM*, Inspur*, Lenovo*, NEC*, Oracle*, PowerLeader*, Quanta*, SGI*, Sugon*, Supermicro*, Unisys* and ZTE*. Numerous analytics software vendors also support Xeon processor E7 v2 family-based platforms, including Altibase*, IBM*, Microsoft*, Oracle*, Pivotal*, QlikView*, Red Hat*, SAP*, SAS*, Software AG*, Splunk*, Sungard*, Teradata*, TongTech*, Vertica* and YonYou*.

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About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

Results have been measured by Intel based on software, benchmark or other data of third parties and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Intel does not control or audit the design or implementation of third party data referenced in this document. Intel encourages all of its customers to visit the websites of the referenced third parties or other sources to confirm whether the referenced data is accurate and reflects performance of systems available for purchase.

The TCO or other cost reduction scenarios described in this document are intended to enable you to get a better understanding of how the purchase of a given Intel product, combined with a number of situation-specific variables, might affect your future cost and savings. Nothing in this document should be interpreted as either a promise of or contract for a given level of costs.

1 Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family provides the largest memory footprint of 1.5 TB per socket vs 1TB per socket delivered by alternative architectures, based on published specs.

2 Up to 80% leadership performance on Xeon E7 v2 over IBM Power* 7+ at ~80% lower TCO claim based on Intel estimated SPECint*_rate_base2006 results and pricing of comparable 4-socket rack server using Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4890 v2 (37.5M Cache, 2.8 GHz, 15-Cores) to IBM POWER*750 using POWER7+ (80M Cache, 4.0 GHz, 8-Cores) as of December 2013.

3 Up to double the average generational performance based on results of six key industry-standard workloads: SPECint*_rate_base2006+, SPECfp*_rate _base2006+, brokerage on-line transaction processing (OLTP) database workload, warehouse supply chain OLTP database workload, STREAM memory bandwidth and LINPACK GFLOPS. Configurations: 4-socket server using Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4890 v2 (new processor) vs. E7-4870 (previous generation processor). Learn more about Xeon E7 v2 performance at http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/benchmarks/server/xeon-e7-summary.html

4 Source: IDC WW Big Data Technology and Services 2013-2017 Forecast, Doc #244979, Dec 2013

5 Source: IDC Market Analysis Perspective: Worldwide Enterprise Servers, 2013 — Technology Market, Doc #245080

6 Source: Gartner “Top Technology Trends, 2013: In-Memory Computing Aims at Mainstream Adoption”

7 eBay’s test systems configurations are not disclosed but the observed results are consistent with Intel’sinternal measurements from November

2013 showing 2x performance increase when using SAP HANA based on these configurations:

Baseline 1.0x: Intel E7505 Chipset using four Intel Xeon processors E7-4870 (4P/10C/20T, 2.4GHz) with 256GB DDR3-1066 memory scoring

110,061 queries per hour. Source: Intel Technical Report #1347.

New Generation 2x: Intel C606J Chipset using four Intel Xeon processors E7-4890 v2 (4P/15C/30T, 2.8GHz) with 512GB DDR3-1333 (running

2:1 VMSE) memory scoring 218,406 queries per hour. Source: Intel Technical Report #1347.

8 Requires node controller (available from 3rd party sources).

9 Up to 4X I/O bandwidth claim is based on Intel estimates on an internal bandwidth tool running the 1R1W test of the Intel Xeon processor E7-4890 v2 performance normalized against the improvements over dual-IOH Intel Xeon processor E7-4870.

10. No computer system can provide absolute reliability, availability or serviceability. Requires an Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8800/4800/2800 v2 product families or Intel® Itanium® 9500 series-based system (or follow-on generations of either). Built-in reliability features available on select Intel® processors may require additional software, hardware, services and/or an internet connection. Results may vary depending upon configuration. Consult your system manufacturer for more details.

January 15 2014

Chip Shot: Intel and 16 Cloud Service Providers Worldwide Join Forces in First-of-its-Kind Initiative

Today Intel unveiled the ‘Intel® Cloud Technology’ program to help display cloud service capabilities for improved customer experience and value. The program helps users identify underlying technology, benefits cloud service providers (CSPs) by co…

January 09 2014

Chip Shot: Moving to the New Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2400 V2 Product Family

All Intel® server boards and systems that support Intel® Xeon® E5-2400 processors are “drop-in compatible” with the Intel® Xeon® E5-2400 v2 product family as soon as the product becomes available. Featuring increased performance and energy efficiency, along with PCI Express* I/O and virtualization enhancements, upgrading to the new Intel Xeon E5-2400 v2 could not be easier. Look for the green “V2″ sticker on the outer packaging indicating the product already has an Intel Xeon E5-2400 v2-compatible BIOS installed. If not, visit www.intel.com/support to download the latest BIOS and update by first installing a compatible Intel Xeon E5-2400 processor.

December 04 2013

Chip Shot: Intel Announces Highland Forest, a New Platform that will Accelerate Network Transformation

During a media and analyst briefing today, Intel discussed how Intel® architecture (IA) is becoming a foundation for network transformation by powering new technologies for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). This transformation is being  led by Highland Forest, a new communications platform that combines the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 with the next generation of the Intel® Communications Chipset Series 89xx (codename Coleto Creek). According to Steve Price, general manager of Intel’s Communication Infrastructure Division, Highland Forest will boost the performance of network traffic, delivering up to 255 million packets per second. Highland Forest will also create efficiencies for telecom customers though workload consolidation, streamlined R&D resources, common software tools and faster system integration. Price also highlighted the critical role of the ecosystem in delivering these solutions, enabled by Intel’s Network Builders program. This blog from Rose Schooler, general manager and vice president of Intel’s Data Center Group, provides insight on the increasing role of the data center in networking and how standards are driving network transformation. Get more information on Intel’s networking initiatives.

November 27 2013

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