Intel on Monday introduced two Ethernet controllers it asserts are built to optimize I/O performance in server environments and virtualized data centers.
The 82598 and 82575 controllers distribute workloads across all processing cores within multi-core Intel Xeon processor-based systems.
The 82598 provides energy-efficient, dual-port, PCI Express-based 10Gigabit connectivity. The product addresses bottlenecks associated with server consolidation, and is geared for demanding enterprise applications, such as storage and high-performance computing. Power consumption averages 4.8 watts.
"Our new low-power, high-performance, dual port 10 GbE controller doubles past connectivity to better meet the ever-increasing server traffic loads of LAN and Ethernet Storage," Tom Swinford, general manager of Intel's LAN Access Division, said in a statement. Intel introduced its first Ethernet controller 25 years ago.
The 82575, on the other hand, offers many of the same features at 1 Gibabit connectivity. The controller is designed for use in Intel's low-profile, quad-port server adapters. Both controllers support Intel I/O Acceleration Technology, which increases I/O throughput and reduces CPU utilization in multi-core Intel processor-based servers.
Server consolidation through virtualization has grown so quickly in the enterprise that Intel engineers and other server architects have had to scramble to build more virtualization-friendly features in their designs. Two years ago, less than 5% of the data center had been virtualized. By 2010, that number is expected to reach 25%, according to Intel.
Intel rival Advanced Micro Devices is also working to improve the performance of virtualization environments. Virtualization today tends to impose a performance overhead as high as 20%, according to AMD.
The Intel 82575 Gigabit Ethernet Controller is available now. The 82598 is scheduled to ship in September.