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Microsoft® Office Excel® is easily the most popular data visualization tool on the market; it’s both familiar and powerful. Developers have built countless business intelligence (BI) applications ...

Microsoft® Office Excel® is easily the most popular data visualization tool on the market; it’s both familiar and powerful. Developers have built countless business intelligence (BI) applications in Excel using connections to data warehouses (or cubes), which Information Worker (IW) Producers, also known as power users, can manipulate with pivot tables and charts. Now, Microsoft® SQL Server® PowerPivot for Microsoft® Excel® 2010 takes the self-service BI capabilities of Excel to an unprecedented level. As a separate add-in, PowerPivot expands upon the familiarity of Excel while adding an in-memory BI engine (VertiPaq) and new compression algorithms to load large data sets into memory.

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  • 1. T E CHN ICAL WHIT E PAPE R Intel Processors and Microsoft PowerPivot: The Smart Choice for Self-Service Business Intelligence T A BLE O F CO N TE NT S Business Insight More Accessible and Business Insight More Accessible and Affordable: Microsoft PowerPivot on Intel- Affordable: Microsoft PowerPivot on based Servers and PCs Intel-based Servers and PCs ............. 1 Microsoft® Office Excel® is easily the most popular data The Building Blocks of Self-Service BI visualization tool on the market; it’s both familiar and .......................................................... 2 powerful. Developers have built countless business PowerPivot for Excel 2010 and the intelligence (BI) applications in Excel using connections to All New 2010 Intel® Core™ data warehouses (or cubes), which Information Worker vPro™ Processor ................................ 4 (IW) Producers, also known as power users, can manipulate Intelligent Performance for Business with pivot tables and charts. Now, Microsoft® SQL Server® Intelligence ..........................................4 PowerPivot for Microsoft® Excel® 2010 takes the self-service Smart, Client-side Security to Protect Enterprise Data .....................................4 BI capabilities of Excel to an unprecedented level. As a Cost-saving Manageability for Greater separate add-in, PowerPivot expands upon the familiarity of Productivity ..........................................5 Excel while adding an in-memory BI engine (VertiPaq) and PowerPivot for SharePoint 2010 and new compression algorithms to load large data sets into the Intel® Xeon Processor 5600 Series memory. IW Producers can process enormous quantities of .......................................................... 5 data right on their PCs with incredible speed. Processing Intelligent Performance for BI Services ...6 Secure Data, Reliable Access ..................7 Virtualization to Optimize Utilization, Availability, and ROI ..............................7 PowerPivot for SharePoint 2010 Growth Path: The Intel Xeon Processor 7500 Series ...................... 7 Delivering the More-Intelligent Enterprise ......................................... 8 Figure 1: Processing Massive Amounts of Data Learn more ........................................ 8 millions of rows of data (Figure 1) takes about the same time as processing thousands, and by using Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) to extend the data manipulation capabilities of Excel, IW Producers can easily create advanced workbook applications defining data
  • 2. TECHNICAL WHITE PAPER MICROSOFT POWERPIVOT AND INTEL PROCESSORS relationships, include calculated columns To fully realize the benefits of self-service and measures, and aggregate tens or BI, organizations must think in terms of hundreds of millions of rows. In many end-to-end solutions: they should deploy cases, PowerPivot for Excel can establish on platforms that deliver on the full the table relationships automatically. performance potential and value of Workbooks become more powerful and mission-critical than ever. Microsoft® SQL Server® PowerPivot for Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 integrates with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 as a reliable platform for building the managed BI collaboration environment. For IW Producers, SharePoint facilitates seamless and secure data work flows and processes, as well as sharing and collaboration of user-generated workbook applications, Figure 2: PowerPivot Management Dashboard using a powerful SQL Server 2008 R2 database as workbook storage. It allows PowerPivot today and scale as PowerPivot Information Worker Consumers to view and usage grows. Intel-based business PCs and use PowerPivot workbooks through a Web- servers offer outstanding value and support based interface (Figure 2). for both PowerPivot for Excel and PowerPivot for SharePoint provides the PowerPivot for SharePoint usage and management tools and usage data that put deployment models. All new 2010 Intel® IT staff in control of spreadmarts. Now the Core™ vPro™ processors deliver adaptable IT department can determine who is using performance, comprehensive security, and shared workbooks, when, how often, and cost-effective manageability for PCs with what applications. IT managers can running PowerPivot for Excel. Servers built also analyze the data source information to with the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series see the applications and locations to which or the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series users are importing their data. By combine industry-leading flexibility, energy supporting automatic data refreshing for efficiency, and scalability with intelligent shared workbooks, PowerPivot helps to performance that adapts to meet the ensure consistent and accurate information requirements of PowerPivot workloads in self-service BI applications. It is even using SharePoint Server 2010 and SQL possible to use shared workbooks as data Server 2008 R2. sources for further analysis, similar to a SQL Server Analysis Services cube. By The Building Blocks of delivering SharePoint-based BI Self-Service BI management tools, PowerPivot makes it PowerPivot is a combination of add-ins, one possible for IT departments to establish for Excel 2010 and one for SharePoint efficient monitoring processes, proactively Server 2010. Figure 3 gives an overview of discover mission-critical workbook the PowerPivot components and usage applications, and apply appropriate model. maintenance procedures. 2
  • 3. TECHNICAL WHITE PAPER MICROSOFT POWERPIVOT AND INTEL PROCESSORS PowerPivot for Excel is a free PowerPivot for SharePoint is a SQL downloadable data analysis tool that Server 2008 R2 service application that enables IW Producers to go beyond the adds PowerPivot data processing to a native row limitations in Excel 2010. It SharePoint farm, much as Excel Services allows IW Producers to analyze millions of adds calculations and rendering to rows of data retrieved from internal and workbooks published to a SharePoint site. SharePoint 2010 includes Excel and the other services, infrastructure, dashboards, Web parts, content types, and library templates that users need to securely share PowerPivot workbooks and reports. To use it, IT runs SQL Server setup on a SharePoint Application Server and then uses Central Administration to Figure 3: PowerPivot Component Overview manage the feature across the SharePoint farm. external data sources, create interactive reports, and share them with others using The PowerPivot for Excel add-in does not SharePoint Server 2010. These users can require a SharePoint environment, and the use the PowerPivot for Excel add-in to SharePoint environment does not require create Excel workbooks, aggregating data PowerPivot for Excel on all user PCs. The from Web services, text files, relational and Excel 2010 add-in is required only for those multidimensional databases, Reporting creating and publishing workbook Services reports, and other worksheets. applications. The new PowerPivot workbooks can then be uploaded to SharePoint Server 2010 and shared with other IW Producers—who can download and manipulate the workbooks— and with IW Consumers—who can view and manipulate the reports via their Web browsers without Excel or the PowerPivot add-in. The PowerPivot for Excel add-in includes a local processing engine (VertiPaq) optimized to handle millions of rows in memory using the processing power of PCs built with all new 2010 Intel Figure 4: Dashboards in SharePoint Core vPro processors. 3
  • 4. TECHNICAL WHITE PAPER MICROSOFT POWERPIVOT AND INTEL PROCESSORS Analysis Services for VertiPaq are the performance features of Intel Core vPro provided for PowerPivot on the PC and processors to speed time to actionable server; this is a powerful in-memory data insight and improve productivity for storage and processing mode that enables PowerPivot users. PCs powered by a 2010 rapid processing of very large amounts of Intel Core i5 vPro processor run business data. The high performance is productivity applications up to 80 percent accomplished through columnar storage faster than a three-year-old PC.1 In and data compression. addition, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology§ in the 2010 Intel Core i5 and Core i7 PowerPivot gives organizations the power processors intelligently allocate extra to deploy self-service BI solutions, facilitate processing to match the workload— sharing and collaboration, and increase accelerating the processor clock by up to operational efficiencies through Microsoft 20 percent. In other words, these new SQL Server 2008 R2-based management processors automatically deliver extra tools integrated within SharePoint. Desktop performance when you need it most. PCs and laptop PCs based on all new 2010 Intel powered by Intel Core i5 vPro processors Core vPro processors, and intelligent server also deliver multitasking performance up to platforms based on the Intel processor two times faster than a three-year-old PC.1 7500 and 5600 series, provide a high- For example, a user can continue working performing, scalable, and cost-efficient while uploading a PowerPivot workbook in end-to-end platform that helps the background, without compromising organizations achieve maximum business productivity or performance. benefits and operational efficiencies from PowerPivot. Smart, Client-side Security to Protect Enterprise Data PowerPivot for Excel and the Security threats from internal and external All New 2010 Intel® Core™ sources can compromise the integrity of vPro™ Processor the data and insights that help drive business success. The 2010 Intel Core vPro PowerPivot for Excel lets users do faster, processors maximize security for more in-depth data analysis right on their PowerPivot users with features including: laptop or desktop PC. With cost-saving, efficient maintenance features, the all new  Programmable defense filters and 2010 Intel Core vPro processor offers continuous checking for software agents producers of self-service BI a client to automatically guard against malicious platform that works harder and smarter, is software (malware), viruses, and more secure, and helps them to be more malicious attacks. productive.  Automatic protection against tampering or disabling of security software. Intelligent Performance for  Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT) Business Intelligence with PC disable to help protect sensitive PowerPivot for Excel works in-memory enterprise data in PowerPivot workbooks using the memory bandwidth and on the user’s desktop. processing power of PCs built with all new PCs with 2010 Intel Core vPro processors 2010 Intel Core vPro processors to process can enhance PowerPivot users’ security and millions of rows of data in seconds. help them avoid the 53 percent increase in Calculation functions are optimized to use 4
  • 5. TECHNICAL WHITE PAPER MICROSOFT POWERPIVOT AND INTEL PROCESSORS security incidences seen in four-year-old  Hardware-assisted remote shutdown, PCs. For IT, 2010 Intel vPro technology‡ wake-up, and updates of PCs. enables remote configuration, diagnosis, PowerPivot for SharePoint and isolation, and repair of infected PCs even if they are not responding. the Intel® Xeon® Processor To keep critical data and enterprise 5600 Series networks secure, Intel vPro technology PowerPivot integrates with Microsoft enables network security credentials to be SharePoint Server 2010 to establish a embedded in the hardware. Microsoft managed, self-service BI environment that System Center Configuration Manager takes advantage of all the standard 2007 SP2 enables network traffic on all SharePoint features such as role-based new 2010 Intel Core vPro processor-based security, compliance policies, workflows, PCs to authenticate itself, whether the and versioning. It introduces new features enterprise is using 802.1x or Microsoft and capabilities such as PowerPivot Gallery Network Access Protection (NAP) to secure and automatic data refreshing for shared end-point access to these networks. workbook applications. IW Producers can Cost-saving Manageability for publish and share PowerPivot workbooks Greater Productivity via SharePoint, and IW Consumers can access published workbook applications in With PowerPivot, users are doing more with SharePoint via a Web browser, with the their PCs: more data aggregation, same performance and most of the same calculations, and analysis. They can’t afford features as the Excel client. PowerPivot for downtime for repairs or updates. The new SharePoint features a management 2010 Intel Core vPro processors simplify dashboard that lets IT staff monitor shared management tasks; IT can be more applications, track usage patterns over productive while reducing maintenance time, drill down to reveal hidden details, costs by up to 50 percent. Intel vPro discover mission-critical solutions, and technology makes it easy to deploy and make sure that appropriate server manage PowerPivot for Excel. Microsoft resources are provisioned. System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 uses the out-of-band However, as PowerPivot workbooks management capabilities of Intel vPro increase and are adopted into enterprise technology to provide a secure, encrypted work processes, the demands on Microsoft power-up capability that enables IT to push PowerPivot for SharePoint services will PowerPivot for Excel and security software grow. Careful planning and coordination updates down the wire quickly and will be required to determine the best efficiently. configuration options, to provision adequate storage capacities and system Other money-saving and time-saving resources, and to optimize the managed BI maintenance features include the following: collaboration environment for high  Remote repair and secure of PCs availability and performance. regardless of the PC’s power state or location.  Improved support for remote workers with “Call for Help” to IT to manage and repair a PC, even if outside the firewall. 5
  • 6. TECHNICAL WHITE PAPER MICROSOFT POWERPIVOT AND INTEL PROCESSORS Servers built on the Intel Xeon processor 5600 offer a scalable, secure, cost-effective means to accommodate PowerPivot Intel® Turbo Boost Technology demands and growth. Compared to single- delivers performance on demand, core servers, servers based on the Intel letting processors operate above Xeon processor 5600 series deliver up to the rated frequency under certain 15 times the performance per server over conditions to speed workloads. two-socket single-core servers,2 enabling Intel® Hyper-Threading up to 15:1 server consolidation ratios,3 up Technology delivers greater to 95 percent lower energy costs,4 and an throughput and responsiveness for estimated return on investment (ROI) in as multithreaded Windows®-based little as five months.5 applications. Many Windows-based Intelligent Performance for BI and SQL Server applications lend Services themselves to parallel, multithreaded execution. Intel While PowerPivot for Excel extends the Hyper-Threading Technology capabilities of Excel on the desktop, enables multiple threads to be PowerPivot for SharePoint complements executed within each processor the capabilities of Excel Services in a core, up to two threads per core. SharePoint farm. Excel Services provides Hyper-threading reduces the foundation to share workbooks as computational latency, making interactive, Web-based reporting tools. Excel Services also supports integration optimal use of power. For example, with other BI features and technologies while one thread is waiting for a such as SharePoint Report Center, result or event, another thread is Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, executing in that core, maximizing and Microsoft® PerformancePoint® Services the work from each clock cycle. 2010. PowerPivot also adds its own Intel® QuickPath Technology interface Web service so that PowerPivot and an integrated memory for Excel and other client applications can controller speed traffic between access PowerPivot data in SharePoint processors and other components directly. to reduce latency and optimize the use of system bandwidth; this As PowerPivot workbooks become integral to enterprise workflows and decision- delivers better application making, the demands on SharePoint and responsiveness and greater network database servers will increase. throughput per processor for BI and More available workbooks will mean more other Windows-based applications. concurrent users uploading and downloading data to and from enterprise databases and performing complex calculations over large datasets on 5600 processors enable faster performance SharePoint servers running PowerPivot and and greater scalability for PowerPivot for Excel Services. SharePoint. To deliver top performance for With massive memory bandwidth plus 50 bandwidth-intensive applications (such as percent more cores and cache, Intel Xeon multiple PowerPivot workbooks refreshing 6
  • 7. TECHNICAL WHITE PAPER MICROSOFT POWERPIVOT AND INTEL PROCESSORS millions of rows of data), Intel® QuickPath diagnostics, and faster recovery times to Technology and an integrated memory further improve server availability. controller speed traffic between processors Virtualization to Optimize and I/O controllers, reduce latency, and Utilization, Availability, and ROI provide up to 4.4 times the bandwidth of previous-generation processors.6 Memory Virtualization can increase availability for capacity up to 288 gigabytes (GB) on a SharePoint services and save datacenter two-socket system offers plenty of space and costs by consolidating headroom for growth in PowerPivot use. underutilized departmental servers and databases. Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V™ with the Intel Xeon processor SQL Server 2008 R2 take advantage of 5600 series offer outstanding virtualization Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, delivering headroom in a two-socket platform: up to performance on demand by letting 15:1 consolidation ratios when refreshing processors operate above the rated servers based on single-core processors.7 frequency to speed specific Windows-based Windows Server 2008 R2 and Intel® workloads. Because Windows Server 2008 Virtualization Technology◊ enable IT to R2 scheduler is also highly optimized for combine servers from multiple generations multithreading, multiple concurrent users into the same virtualized server pool to working on multiple PowerPivot workbooks extend failover, load balancing, and will see better responsiveness with Intel® disaster recovery capability. Hyper-Threading Technology.† This technology also delivers greater throughput PowerPivot for SharePoint and responsiveness for multithreaded SQL Growth Path: The Intel® Xeon® Server 2008 R2-based applications accessed via PowerPivot. Processor 7500 Series Secure Data, Reliable Access It is common for user-generated workbooks to evolve into mission-critical The reliability, availability, and business applications and for BI demands serviceability (RAS) features of the Intel to outgrow existing datacenter resources. Xeon processor 5600 series help keep As these applications become increasingly enterprise data and services secure and important to the success of the business, available for PowerPivot users. Intel Xeon they need to be always available. With the 5600 series processors built on Next- same Next-Generation Intel Generation Intel Microarchitecture are Microarchitecture (codenamed Nehalem) designed for reliability. With features such and Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® as Enhanced Memory ECC, Memory VT) as the Intel Xeon processor 5600 Sparing, Memory Mirroring, and Memory series, plus more capacity and mission- CRC that work in conjunction with the critical RAS features, servers based on the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series help system, they enable high levels of uptime drive data-demanding PowerPivot analytics for business services. Intel also faster, scale them farther, and achieve collaborated closely with Microsoft on the mission-critical availability. Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA). In Windows Server® 2008 R2, Delivering a quantum leap in enterprise WHEA offers robust failure reporting, rich computing, the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series features 8 cores supporting 16 7
  • 8. TECHNICAL WHITE PAPER MICROSOFT POWERPIVOT AND INTEL PROCESSORS threads and 24 megabytes (MB) of cache advantage through generations of SQL per processor, up to 2 TB of memory on 8- Server versions and hardware platforms, socket servers, and advanced high- thus reducing the cost of computing while bandwidth Intel QuickPath Interconnect constantly increasing performance and links that allow multiple processors to be reliability. directly connected to each other. The success of PowerPivot in the enterprise Servers based on the Intel Xeon processor will depend on two issues: the ability of the 7500 series also help IT deliver more BI environment to satisfy user needs, and computing power and performance for IT’s ability to ensure security and PowerPivot users without increasing compliance with reliable, scalable, and fast- footprint or power demands. Scaling from 2 performing systems. PCs built with all new to 256 sockets, with 8 times the memory 2010 Intel Core vPro processors, and bandwidth of the prior generation8, and servers built with the Intel Xeon processor with more than 20 new advanced reliability 5600 series or Intel Xeon processor 7500 features, the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series, will deliver fast PowerPivot series is uniquely architected for data- performance, whether via a Web browser demanding and mission-critical or the desktop, and advanced RAS features applications, such as BI, and for large-scale will help keep enterprise data secure and virtualization to lower costs while available when users need it. These leading supporting expanding PowerPivot usage platforms will enable IT to offer new levels and data demands. of business insight and agility throughout the organization. Enhanced security, Delivering the More- outstanding scalability, automated energy Intelligent Enterprise efficiency, and flexible virtualization will help IT achieve unprecedented operational For more than 20 years, Microsoft and Intel efficiency and dramatically lower total cost have collaborated to provide the best of ownership. performance and value for enterprise computing needs. This proven, trusted combination has delivered business Learn more To learn more about the latest Intel Xeon processors, visit www.intel.com/xeon. To learn more about the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series, visit www.intel.com/itcenter/products/xeon/5600. To learn more about the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series, visit www.intel.com/itcenter/products/xeon/7500. For more information about Intel Microarchitecture (codenamed Nehalem), visit www.intel.com/technology/architecture-silicon/next-gen. To learn about the 2010 Intel Core vPro processor, visit www.intel.com/vpro. For more about Microsoft PowerPivot, visit www.powerpivot.com. To learn more about SQL Server 2008 R2, visit www.microsoft.com/sqlserver. 8 To learn more about SharePoint Server 2010, visit sharepoint2010.microsoft.com/Pages/ default.aspx.
  • 9. TECHNICAL WHITE PAPER MICROSOFT POWERPIVOT AND INTEL PROCESSORS Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel® products as measured by those tests. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information on performance tests and on the performance of Intel products, visit http://www.intel.com/performance/resources/limits.htm or call (U.S.) 1-800-628-8686 or 1-916-356-3104. Relative performance is calculated by assigning a baseline value of 1.0 to one benchmark result, and then dividing the actual benchmark result for the baseline platform into each of the specific benchmark results of each of the other platforms, and assigning them a relative performance number that correlates with the performance improvements reported. Intel processor numbers are not a measure of performance. Processor numbers differentiate features within each processor series, not across different processor sequences. See http://www.intel.com/products/processor_number/ for details. §Intel Turbo Boost Technology requires a platform with a processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology capability. Intel Turbo Boost Technology performance varies depending on hardware, software and overall system configuration. Check with your platform manufacturer on whether your system delivers Intel Turbo Boost Technology. For more information, see http://www.intel.com/technology/turboboost. ‡ Intel® vPro™ technology includes powerful Intel® Active Management Technology. Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) requires the computer system to have an Intel® AMT-enabled chipset, network hardware and software, as well as connection with a power source and a corporate network connection. Setup requires configuration by the purchaser and may require scripting with the management console or further integration into existing security frameworks to enable certain functionality. It may also require modifications of implementation of new business processes. With regard to notebooks, Intel AMT may not be available or certain capabilities may be limited over a host OS-based VPN or when connecting wirelessly, on battery power, sleeping, hibernating or powered off. For more information, see www.intel.com/technology/platform-technology/intel-amt. † Hyper-Threading Technology requires a computer system with a processor supporting HT Technology and an HT Technology-enabled chipset, BIOS and operating system. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software you use. For more information including details on which processors support HT Technology, see here. ◊IntelVirtualization Technology requires a computer system with an enabled Intel processor, BIOS, virtual machine monitor (VMM) and, for some uses, certain platform software enabled for it. Functionality, performance or other benefits will vary depending on hardware and software configurations and may require a BIOS update. Software applications may not be compatible with all operating systems. Please check with your application vendor. Intel products are not intended for use in medical, life-saving, life sustaining, critical control or safety systems, or in nuclear facility applications. SPEC, SPECint2000, SPECfp2000, SPECint2006, SPECfp2006, SPECjbb, SPECWeb are trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See http://www.spec.org for more information. * Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. Copyright© 2010 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Intel, the Intel logo, and Xeon are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. All dates and products specified are for planning purposes only and are subject to change without notice.
  • 10. TECHNICAL WHITE PAPER MICROSOFT POWERPIVOT AND INTEL PROCESSORS 1 Cross client claim based on lowest performance data number when comparing desktop and mobile benchmarks. Configurations and performance test as follows: (Mobile) Comparing pre-production Intel® Core™ i5-520M processor-based laptops to theoretical installed base of Intel ® Core™2 Duo processor T5500. Laptop system configurations: Intel Core i5-520M (3 MB Cache, 2.4 GHz), with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology on pre-production Intel® Ibex Peak HM55, Dual-channel Micron* 4 GB (2x2 GB) DDR3-1066 7-7-7-20 with Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD graphics, Hitachi 320 GB HDD, Intel® Matrix Storage Manager 8.9.0.1023 (BIOS, Intel® INF and Graphics: pre-production, Imon compliant with VRD 11.1 requirements), Microsoft Windows* 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM. Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5500 (2 MB Cache, 1.66 GHz, 667 MHz FSB) in Lenovo Thinkpad* T60 laptop, Mobile Intel® 945GM E®press Chipset, Micron PC5300 DDR2 667 2x1 GB 5-5-5-15 memory, Intel® GMA 950 graphics 224 MB Dynamic video memory technology, Hitachi Travelstar* HTS721010G9SA00 SATA 100 GB 7200RPM HDD, BIOS Lenovo 79ETD7WW 2.17* with default settings, Microsoft Windows* Vista Ultimate. Business productivity claims based on SYSmark* 2007 preview is BAPCo’s latest version of the mainstream office productivity and Internet content creation benchmark tool used to characterize the performance of the business client. SYSmark 2007 preview features user-driven workloads and usage models developed by application experts. Multitasking claims based on financial calculations workload consisting of advanced spreadsheet calculation measured using Microsoft Excel* Monte Carlo Simulation plus Virus Scan. Security workload consists of Winzip*12 decompressing an encrypted archive containing 200 photos, 125 of which are 10MP photos and 75 which are 6MP photos. The photos are in jpeg format. The total size of all the photos is about 830 MB. (Desktop) Comparing pre-production Intel® Core™ i5-650 processor-based desktops to theoretical installed base of Intel ® Core™2 Duo Processor E6400 with comparable frequency. Desktop configurations: pre-production Intel Core i5-650 processor (4 MB Cache, 3.20 GHz) on pre-production Intel® Ibex Peak P55, Dual-channel DS Micron 4 GB (2x2 GB) DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 with Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD graphics @ 900 MHz, Seagate 1TB HDD, Intel ® Matrix Storage Manager 8.9.1023 (BIOS, Intel® INF and Graphics: pre-production, Imon compliant with VRD 11.1 requirements), Microsoft Windows* 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6400 (2 MB Cache, 2.13 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on Intel ® DQ45CB, Dual channel DS Micron 2 GB (2x1 GB) DDR2-800 5-5-5-18 with Integrated Intel® GMA 3000 onboard graphics subsystem, Seagate 320 GB HDD, (BIOS:0059, Intel® Chipset INF: 8.4.0.1016, Graphics: 7.14.10.1329), Microsoft Windows* 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM, Microsoft Windows* Vista Ultimate 32-bit. Business productivity and energy claims based on SYSmark* 2007 preview is BAPCo’s latest version of the mainstream office productivity and Internet content creation benchmark tool used to characterize the performance of the business client. SYSmark 2007 preview features user-driven workloads and usage models developed by application experts. Multitasking claims based on financial calculations workload consists of advanced spreadsheet calculation measured using Microsoft Excel* Monte Carlo Simulation plus Virus Scan. Security workload consists of Winzip*14 decompressing an encrypted archive containing 200 photos, 125 of which are 10 MP photos and 75 which are 6 MP photos. The photos are in jpeg format. The total size of all the photos is about 830 MB. 2 Claim: “Up to 15x performance per server” Disclaimer: Intel performance comparison using SPECjbb2005* business operations per second between four-year-old single-core Intel® Xeon® processor 3.8 GHz with 2M cache based servers and one new Intel Xeon processor X5670 based server. Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel products as measured by those tests. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information, visit www.intel.com/performance/server. - Baseline platform: Intel server platform with two 64-bit Intel Xeon Processor 3.80Ghz with 2M L2 Cache, 800 FSB, 8x1GB DDR2-400 memory, 1 hard drive, 1 power supply, Microsoft* Windows* Server 2003 Ent. SP1, Oracle* JRockit* build P27.4.0-windows-x86_64 run with 2 JVM instances - New platform: Intel server platform with two six-core Intel® Xeon® processor X5670, 2.93 GHz, 12MB L3 cache, 6.4QPI, 12 GB memory (6x2GB DDR3-1333), 1 hard drive, 1 power supply, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 64 bit SP2, Oracle* JRockit* build P28.0.0-29 run with 2 JVM instances 3 Claim: “Up to 15:1 server consolidation” Disclaimer: Intel consolidation based on replacing 15 four-year-old single-core Intel® Xeon® processor 3.8 GHz with 2M cache based servers with one new Intel Xeon processor X5670 based server while maintaining performance as measured by SPECjbb2005* business operations per second. Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel products as measured by those tests. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information, visit www.intel.com/performance/server. - Baseline platform: Intel server platform with two 64-bit Intel Xeon Processor 3.80Ghz with 2M L2 Cache, 800 FSB, 8x1GB DDR2-400 memory, 1 hard drive, 1 power supply, Microsoft* Windows* Server 2003 Ent. SP1, Oracle* JRockit* build P27.4.0-windows-x86_64 run with 2 JVM instances
  • 11. TECHNICAL WHITE PAPER MICROSOFT POWERPIVOT AND INTEL PROCESSORS - New platform: Intel server platform with two six-core Intel® Xeon® processor X5670, 2.93 GHz, 12MB L3 cache, 6.4QPI, 12 GB memory (6x2GB DDR3-1333), 1 hard drive, 1 power supply, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 64 bit SP2, Oracle* JRockit* build P28.0.0-29 run with 2 JVM instances 4 Claim: “Up to 95% lower energy costs” Disclaimer: Intel comparison replacing 15 four-year-old single-core Intel® Xeon ® processor 3.8 GHz with 2M cache based servers with one new Intel Xeon processor X5670 based server. Costs have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. - Baseline platform: Intel server platform with two 64-bit Intel Xeon Processor 3.80Ghz with 2M L2 Cache, 800 FSB, 8x1GB DDR2-400 memory, 1 hard drive, 1 power supply, Microsoft* Windows* Server 2003 Ent. SP1, Oracle* JRockit* build P27.4.0-windows-x86_64 run with 2 JVM instances - New platform: Intel server platform with two six-core Intel® Xeon® processor X5670, 2.93 GHz, 12MB L3 cache, 6.4QPI, 12 GB memory (6x2GB DDR3-1333), 1 hard drive, 1 power supply, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 64 bit SP2, Oracle* JRockit* build P28.0.0-29 run with 2 JVM instances. 5 Claim: “As little as 5 month ROI claim estimated based on comparison between 2S Single Core Intel® Xeon® 3.80 with 2M L2 Cache and 2S Intel® Xeon® X5670 based servers. Calculation includes analysis based on performance, power, cooling, electricity rates, operating system annual license costs and estimated server costs. This assumes 8kW racks, $0.10 per kWh, cooling costs are 2x the server power consumption costs, operating system license cost of $900/year per server, per server cost of $7200 based on estimated list prices and estimated server utilization rates. All dollar figures are approximate. Performance and power comparisons are based on estimated server side java benchmark results (Intel Corporation Jan 2010). Platform power was estimated during the steady state window of the benchmark run and at idle. Performance gain compared to baseline was 15x. - Baseline platform: Intel server platform with two 64-bit Intel Xeon Processor 3.80Ghz with 2M L2 Cache, 800 FSB, 8x1GB DDR2-400 memory, 1 hard drive, 1 power supply, Microsoft* Windows* Server 2003 Ent. SP1, Oracle* JRockit* build P27.4.0-windows-x86_64 run with 2 JVM instances - New platform: Intel server platform with two six-core Intel® Xeon® processor X5670, 2.93 GHz, 12MB L3 cache, 6.4QPI, 12 GB memory (6x2GB DDR3-1333), 1 hard drive, 1 power supply, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 64 bit SP2, Oracle* JRockit* build P28.0.0-29 run with 2 JVM instances. 6 Stream_MP Triad benchmark results comparing 2S Intel ® Xeon® Processor E5472 (12M Cache, 3.00 GHz, 1600 MHz FSB), 16 GB memory (8x2 GB FB DDR-800)-based server platform to 2S Intel® Xeon® processor X5680 (12M Cache, 3.33 GHz, 6.4 GT/s Intel® QPI)-based server platform, 24GB memory (12x4GB DDR3-1333). Source: Intel measurements SSG TR#942 and TR#1071 as of 12 February 2010. 7 Claim: “Up to 15:1 server consolidation” Disclaimer: Intel consolidation based on replacing 15 four-year-old single-core Intel® Xeon® processor 3.8 GHz with 2M cache based servers with one new Intel Xeon processor X5670 based server while maintaining performance as measured by SPECjbb2005* business operations per second. Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel products as measured by those tests. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information, visit www.intel.com/performance/server. - Baseline platform: Intel server platform with two 64-bit Intel Xeon Processor 3.80Ghz with 2M L2 Cache, 800 FSB, 8x1GB DDR2-400 memory, 1 hard drive, 1 power supply, Microsoft* Windows* Server 2003 Ent. SP1, Oracle* JRockit* build P27.4.0-windows-x86_64 run with 2 JVM instances - New platform: Intel server platform with two six-core Intel® Xeon® processor X5670, 2.93 GHz, 12MB L3 cache, 6.4QPI, 12 GB memory (6x2GB DDR3-1333), 1 hard drive, 1 power supply, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 64 bit SP2, Oracle* JRockit* build P28.0.0-29 run with 2 JVM instances 8 8.2x memory bandwidth claim based on February 2010 Intel internal measurement using internal memory bandwidth workload on comparable 4S Intel® Xeon® processor X7560 and 4S Intel® Xeon® processor X7460 servers.