Intel breaks out high-end Xeons; Aims to 'democratize' high performance computing

Intel breaks out high-end Xeons; Aims to 'democratize' high performance computing

Summary: Intel rolled out high-end Xeon server processors that promise three times the performance over previous versions. The plan is to democratize high performance computing.

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Intel on Tuesday rolled out high-end Xeon server processors that promise three times the performance over previous versions.

In a nutshell, Intel is arguing that data centers can replace 20 single core servers with one new Xeon 7500 system.

The Xeon 7500 series launch comes amid a barrage of server and chip news in recent days. Intel rolled out more mainstream Xeons, AMD introduced its response and now we have more. The Xeon 7500 series is more for real-time analytics and high performance computing.

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The overall data center upgrade theme, however, still stands. At issue is the third of Intel's customer base---AMD has a similar percentage---that is using single core and older servers. After more than a year of frozen capital spending, Intel is making a push to grab this upgrade cycle. Simply put, there are a lot of servers---not to mention PCs---to replace.

Indeed, Intel said it has rolled out a bevy of new PC and server chips. HP, Dell and IBM among others have launched new server systems. On a Webcast, Intel's Kirk Skaugen, vice president of the chip giant's data center group, said that the Xeon 7500 series is the largest performance jump in the chip's history. "We are democratizing high-end computing," he said.

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Among the key points about the Xeon 7500 series:

  • The processors expand from 2 to 256 chips per server;
  • They include 20 reliability features;
  • A 4x increase in memory capacity and 8x increase in memory bandwidth;
  • A "Machine Check Architecture Recovery," which allows the chip to work with the operating system and virtual machine to recover from fatal system errors;
  • Virtualization tools for load balancing, server maintenance and downtime.

The high-end Xeons come in quad, six and eight core versions and can scale up to 21 cores.

Here's the pricing:

Topics: Servers, Hardware, Intel, Processors

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  • Intel - how about 'democratizing' high performance Inventing?

    INVENTORS - DO NOT TRUST INTEL

    I invented a CPU cooler - 3 times better than best - better than water.
    Intel have major CPU cooling problems - "Intel's microprocessors were
    generating so much heat that they were melting" (iht.com) - try to talk
    to them - they send my communications to my competitor & will not
    talk to me.

    Winners of major 'Corporate Social Responsibility' awardS!!!

    Huh!!!!

    When did RICO get repealed?"

    INVENTORS - DO NOT TRUST INTEL!!!

    BTW, I have the evidence - my competitor gave it to me.

    BBTW, I am prepared to apologise to Intel if;
    ? They can show that the actions were those of a single individual in
    the company, acting outside corporate policy, and:
    ? They gain redress on my behalf.
    Stuart21@...
  • RE: Intel breaks out high-end Xeons; Aims to 'democratize' high performance computing

    The best way to democratize high performance is make it cheaper, which intel fails miserably at
    monkeyman1140@...