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Windows Server 2008 R2 Will Support 256 Logical Processors And Will Be 64 Bit Only

Microsoft at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC)  announced that Windows Server 2008 R2 will be 64 bit only and also that Windows Server 2008 R2 will support 256 logical processors

Windows Server 2008 R2 also supports more than 64 processors, so customers can take advantage of advancements in hardware. Coupled with SQL Server 2008, this enables an optimum use of hardware to parallelize tasks and boost performance.

Now that is pretty nice, I wonder what the license would be for 256 Logical Processors? At least you can run that Intel 80 core CPU on windows now, Windows pre 2008 R2 'only' supported up to 64 Logical Processors.


Read the Q&A with Bill Laing here:



Published Thursday, November 6, 2008 2:23 PM by Denis Gobo



jchang said:

The license is for a "processor", or socket in Intel terminology. The next generation MP server variant of Nehalem will have 8 cores, plus hyper-threading, so each processor can have 16 logical processors (threads). So if some one were to build a 16-socket/processor system, it would appear as 256 logical procs,

the license would be for only 16 processors. Figuring $25K each, depending on the discount you get from you local MS rep, this is a mere $400K on SQL license fees for the complete system/cluster. Of course, you probably have a DR site, so another $400K there. Then you probably have BI-DW using SSAS, yet another $400K. I guess now we are talking serious money. I suppose if you were to have a linux/MySQL alternative strategy, the friendly/drooling MS rep might bend a little more.

November 7, 2008 9:24 AM
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About Denis Gobo

I was born in Croatia in 1970, when I was one I moved to Amsterdam (and yes Ajax is THE team in Holland) and finally in 1993 I came to the US. I have lived in New York City for a bunch of years and currently live in Princeton, New Jersey with my wife and 3 kids. I work for Dow Jones as a Database architect in the indexes department, one drawback: since our data goes back all the way to May 1896 I cannot use smalldates ;-( I have been working with SQL server since version 6.5 and compared to all the other bloggers here I am a n00b. Some of you might know me from or even from some of the newsgroups where I go by the name Denis the SQL Menace If you are a Tek-Tips user then you might know me by the name SQLDenis, I am one of the guys answering SQL Questions in the SQL Programming forum.

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