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Intel's latest Xeon processor boasts up to 18 cores

Posted: 07 May 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel? processor? IBM? data centre? big data?

"Our new micro-architecture eliminates the third-ring that connected remote cores, leaving room to boost the number of cores per chip to 18 running at 165W," Gianos stated. "Now instead of a third ring we have just have a buffer between the two main rings, which gave us room to add six new cores."

Intel also claims to have successfully increased up-time by preventing and diagnosing errors with a technology introduced for version 2 and which will be standard equipment on all E7v3 processors, whether their 8-, 10-, 12-, 14-, 16- or full 18-core devices.

"Intel's E7v3 maximises up time with its Run-Sure Technology," noted Jeannette Larson, product marketing manager at Intel. "Run-Sure integrates processor, firmware and software to help diagnose fatal errors, contain faults and automatically recover to keep the server up and running."

Besides maximising up-time, Intel also claims to have broken 20 performance world records delivering a six-time improvement in business processing performance for in-memory transactions optimised by what Intel calls it new Transactional Synchronisation Extensions (TSE) technology. As a result, Intel claims up to a 10-times increase in performance per dollar compared to reduced-instruction set computing (RISC) wrought from a decrease in price, power consumption and cooling expenses.

"The Xeon E7v3 is the best scale of processor performance we've seen from Intel," said Patrick Moorehead, president and principal analyst of Moor Insight & Strategy. "It is going to give IBM serious competition based on benchmarks and power consumption. If you want the highest performance processor, you would still go with IBM's Power8, but it's the performance per dollar you get with the Intel. The big deal here is that Intel and IBM are getting closer together in integer performance, Intel is catching up."

E7v3 performance on applications

For maxed out configurations, the E7v3 supports 32 sockets each with 18 cores for 567 core clusters housing the largest in-memory and fast solid-state drive (SSD) mass storage options available today, according to Intel. Even running these systems at full speed still allows Intel's new security and reliability (up-time) technologies to keep up using new Advanced Encryption Standard Instructions (AES-NI) for "five nines" availability (downtime of less than 5.26 minutes per year).

The full product family has 12 processor models, including two high-frequency models, and have been adopted by Bull, Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, Inspur, Lenovo, NEC, Oracle, PowerLeader, Quyanta, SGI, Sugon, Supermicro and ZTE.

Prices for the Xeon e7v3 range from $1,224 to $7,175 in quantities of 1,000.

- R. Colin Johnson
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