DB2 and the Intel® Xeon® Processor

Intel and IBM collaborate to boost performance,
lower power consumption and reduce the cost of data

Intel inside. XeonFor more than 20 years, IBM and Intel® have collaborated to optimize enterprise solutions: complete, cost-effective, performance-optimized stacks of IBM Analytics software running on servers powered by Intel® Xeon® processors.

Performance and time-to-market advantages from Intel include; early access software development platform, roadmaps and future technology disclosures, and innovation in security and virtualization technology.

By coupling the latest version of IBM DB2® with servers based on the Intel Xeon processor, organizations can transform data into useful business insights more quickly and deliver all those insights into context, all while lowering costs and power consumption.

“Intel is excited to see greater than 246 times improvement in query processing performance using DB2 with BLU Acceleration v10.5 over DB2 10.1 utilizing the latest Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family of microprocessors. To achieve these amazing gains, IBM has taken advantage of the Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX) instruction set on Intel Xeon processor systems. Customers running this hardware can now immediately realize dramatically greater performance boost at lower cost per query.”

— Pauline Nist, Intel General Manager, Enterprise Software Alliances

The Intel Xeon processor E7 supports greater that 4-socket implementations and more memory, cores, cache, addressability and I/O channels.

We have a long history of working together, creating unique innovation where we can get the best of DB2 working together with the best of Intel. The goal is to have the fastest performance on Intel® processors with the least amount of effort for DB2 development. So we’ve selected the Intel compiler both because of [Intel’s] excellent support and the outstanding performance that it generates. We have delivered a whole new level of innovation on the Intel® Xeon processor.

--Berni Schiefer, Distinguished Engineer, IBM

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