PORTLAND, Ore. -- Intel announced at the Intel Developers Conference (IDF) in San Francisco that it has upgraded its Xeon processors for workstations and servers to version three. In the process, it has produced its fastest, lowest power E5-2600/1600 Haswell family, carrying up to 18 cores per socket. In benchmarking the new 22-nanometer, 3D Tri-Gate technology, including "per-core" dynamic regulation, Intel claimed its new Xeon processors had already broken world performance records with up to threefold increases over generation two.
"We continue to hold the world record in energy efficiency on the planet," Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, said during the IDF opening keynote.
Compared to the previous-generation Ivy Bridge, we are gen over gen tripling the performance. The Xeon E5-v3 includes up to 18 cores, a 50% increase over the prior generation. It includes 45 Mbytes of cache. It includes the first deployment of DDR4, which increases bandwidth dramatically from 1,886 mega-transfers per second to 2,133, and we're delivering a top frequency of 2.7 GHz. We are also including the new solid state drive... using PCI Express as the interface, which provides a throughput increase of 6X, and the latency is reduced by 2X... and the capacity goes up from 800 Gbytes to 2 terabytes. And finally, as part of the platform, we are launching our new 40 Gbit Ethernet... including virtualization features, as well as packet processing accelerators.
Intel also claims it is helping to redesign the datacenter with enhanced security, using its Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI) for enhanced and accelerated data encryption and decryption by up to 2x without sacrificing application response times.
The new Xeon E5-2600 also exposes key metrics through telemetry sensors for CPU, memory, I/O utilization, and thermal air-flow, as well as new management features to ensure that software-defined infrastructure takes full advantage of the evolving cloud-based services industry.
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This closeup die shot shows the structure of Intel Haswell
E5-2600 v3 processor.
"Software-defined infrastructure drove the development of this new platform," Bryant said. "And we believe it will be the foundation that turns software-defined infrastructure into a reality."
Intel claims datacenters using its new Xeon E5 processors will be able to implement automated workload management faster to increase the efficiency and improve the quality of traditional and cloud-based services. It also claims its improvement in the storage and network capacity and efficiency can match the speed-up in its Xeon E5 v3 processors.
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