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September 08 2014

Chip Shot: New Intel® Xeon® Processors Accelerates Data Center Transformation

To meet the rapidly evolving needs of data centers, Intel today introduced the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families. Setting 27 new performance world-records, with increases of up to 3x compared with previous generation, and…

September 08 2014

Latest Intel® Xeon® Processors Accelerate Data Center Transformation for the Digital Services Era

New Technologies Provide a Range of Capabilities and Are Central to Enabling a Software Defined Infrastructure

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • New monitoring and management features aid rapid, automated deployment of workloads, increase efficiency and improve service quality.
  • Provides leadership performance for compute, storage and network workloads to enable efficient and dynamic operation in cloud environments.
  • Twenty-seven new performance world records1, with increases up to 3x compared with previous generation2.
  • Up to 50 percent more cores and cache3 than the previous generation, and first-ever server platform supporting DDR4 memory for improved application performance.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 8, 2014 – Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families to address the requirements of diverse workloads and the rapidly evolving needs of data centers. The new processor families include numerous enhancements that provide performance increases of up to 3x over the previous generation2, world-class energy efficiency and enhanced security. To facilitate the explosive demand for software defined infrastructure (SDI), the processors expose key metrics, through telemetry, which enable the infrastructure to deliver services with the best performance, resilience and optimized total cost of ownership.

The processors will be used in servers, workstations, storage and networking infrastructure to power a broad set of workloads such as data analytics, high-performance computing, telecommunications and cloud-based services, as well as back-end processing for the Internet of Things.

“The digital services economy imposes new requirements on the data center, requirements for automated, dynamic and scalable service delivery,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel. “Our new Intel processors deliver unmatched performance, energy efficiency and security, as well as provide visibility into the hardware resources required to enable software defined infrastructure. By enabling the re-architecture of the data center, Intel is helping companies fully exploit the benefits of cloud-based services.”

Enabling Software Defined Infrastructure
Software defined infrastructure (SDI) is the foundation for cloud computing. The digital services economy requires agility and scale that demands all infrastructure resources be programmable and highly configurable. These abilities, coupled with telemetry, analytics, and automated actions, allow the data center to become highly optimized. Intel continues to invest in delivering this vision of an automated data center, and with the new Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family, the company has introduced key sensors and telemetry that further enhance SDI.

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family introduce new features that provide greater visibility into the system than ever before. A new cache monitoring feature provides data to enable orchestration tools to intelligently place and rebalance workloads resulting in faster completion times. This also provides the ability to conduct analysis of performance anomalies due to competition for cache in a multitenant cloud environment where there is little visibility into what workloads consumers are running.

The new processors also include platform telemetry sensors and metrics for CPU, memory and I/O utilization. With the addition of thermal sensors for airflow and outlet temperature, the visibility and control has increased significantly from the prior generation. The processors offer a holistic set of sensors and telemetry for any SDI orchestration solution to more closely monitor, manage and control system utilization to help maximize data center efficiency for a lower total cost of ownership.

Increased Performance and Energy Efficiency
With up to 18 cores per socket and 45MB of last-level cache, the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family provides up to 50 percent more cores and cache compared to the previous generation processors. In addition, an extension to Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel AVX2)4 doubles the width of vector integer instructions to 256 bits per clock cycle for integer sensitive workloads and delivers up to 1.9x higher performance gains5.

The Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family also increases virtualization density, allowing support for up to 70 percent more VMs per server compared to the previous generation processors6, which helps to reduce data center operational expenses. Memory bandwidth constrained workloads will gain up to 1.4x higher performance compared to the previous generation7 with the support of next-generation DDR4 memory. Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) have also been enhanced to accelerate data encryption and decryption by up to 2x without sacrificing application response times8.

The processors are built using Intel’s industry-leading and energy-efficient 22nm, 3-D Tri-Gate technology, cutting power consumption while boosting performance of transistors. The new “per-core” power states dynamically regulate and adjust power in each processor core for more power-efficient workload processing.

Combining both record performance and advanced efficiency features, the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family sets a new world record for server energy efficiency9 based on performance per watt.

Creating Open, Flexible Networks with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 Processors
Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors can be paired with the Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx series featuring Intel® Quick Assist Technology to enable faster encryption and compression performance10 to improve security in a wide range of workloads. Service providers and networking equipment providers can use the platform to consolidate multiple communications workloads onto a single, standardized and flexible architecture to speed up services deployment, reduce costs, and create a more consistent and secure user experience.

In addition, the new Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710 family helps address the increasing demands on networks with capabilities to enable better performance for virtualized servers and networks. The flexible 10/40 gigabit Ethernet controller provides twice the bandwidth while consuming half the power compared with the previous generation11.

Extensive industry support
Starting today, system manufacturers from around the world are expected to announce hundreds of Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family-based platforms. These manufacturers across servers, storage and networking include Bull*, Cray*, Cisco*, Dell*, Fujitsu*, Hitachi*, HP*, Huawei*, IBM*, Inspur*, Lenovo*, NEC*, Oracle*, Quanta*, Radisys*, SGI*, Sugon* and Supermicro*, among many others.

Pricing details
The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family will be offered with 26 different parts that range in price from $213 to $2,702 in quantities of 1,000. Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 workstations will be offered with six different parts in prices ranging from $295 to $1,723. Complete pricing details can be found in the Intel Newsroom. For more details on these new Intel Xeon processors, visit the online press kit.

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Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

Results have been measured by Intel based on software, benchmark or other data of third parties and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Intel does not control or audit the design or implementation of third party data referenced in this document. Intel encourages all of its customers to visit the websites of the referenced third parties or other sources to confirm whether the referenced data is accurate and reflects performance of systems available for purchase.

1 Twenty-seven performance world records based on two-socket configurations. Source as of Sept. 8, 2014. Full details available at: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/benchmarks/server/xeon-e5-2600-v3/xeon-e5-2600-v3-summary.html.

2 Source as of Sep. 8, 2014. New configuration: Hewlett-Packard Company HP ProLiant ML350 Gen9 platform with two Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3, Oracle Java Standard Edition 8 update 11, 190,674 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 47,139 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS. Source. Baseline: Cisco Systems Cisco UCS C240 M3 platform with two Intel Xeon Processor E5-2697 v2, Oracle Java Standard Edition 7 update 45, 63,079 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS , 23,797 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS. Source.

3 Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2699 v3 (18C, 45M Cache) compared to Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2697 v2 (12C, 30M Cache).

4 Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX)* provides higher throughput to certain processor operations. Due to varying processor power characteristics, utilizing AVX instructions may cause a) some parts to operate at less than the rated frequency and b) some parts with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 to not achieve any or maximum turbo frequencies. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration and you can learn more at http://www.intel.com/go/turbo.

5 Source as of August 2014 TR#3034 on Linpack*. Baseline configuration: Intel® Server Board S2600CP with two Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2697 v2, Intel® HT Technology disabled, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled, 8x8GB DDR3-1866, RHEL* 6.3, Intel® MKL 11.0.5, score: 528 GFlops. New configuration: Intel® Server System R2208WTTYS with two Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2699 v3, Intel® HT Technology disabled, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled, 8x16GB DDR4-2133, RHEL* 6.4, Intel® MKL 11.1.1, score: 1,012 GFlops

6 Source as of Sept. 8, 2014. New configuration: Hewlett-Packard Company ProLiant DL360 Gen9 with two Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3, SPECvirt_sc2013 1614 @ 95 VMs. Source.  Baseline: IBM System x3650 M4 platform with two Intel Xeon Processor E5-2697 v2, SPECvirt_sc2013 947.0 @ 53 VMs. Source.

7 Source as of August 2014 TR#3044 on STREAM (triad): Intel® Server Board S2600CP with two Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2697 v2, 24x16GB DDR3-1866 @1066MHz DR-RDIMM, score: 58.9 GB/sec. New Configuration: Intel® Server System R2208WTTYS with two Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2699 v3, 24x16GB DR4-2133 @ 1600MHz DR-RDIMM, score: 85.2 GB/sec.

8 Source as of June 2014 on AES-128-GCM Encryption algorithm: Intel internal measurements using Intel® Server Board S2600CW2S with two Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2658 v3, DDR4-2133, CentoOS v3.8.4, Open SSL v1.0.2-beta1. Baseline Configuration: Intel internal measurements with two E5-2658 v2, DDR3-1866, CentoOS v3.8.4, Open SSL v1.0.2-beta1.

9 Comparison based onSPECpower_ssj2008 results published (http://www.spec.org/) as of Aug. 26, 2014. Sugon I620-G20 platform with two Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3, IBM J9 VM, 10,599 overall ssj_ops/watt. Source (http://www.sugon.com/).

10 Intel® Communications Chipset 8920 (20Gbps) compared to Intel Communication Chipset 8955 (50Gbps) capable of up to 2.5x more encryption acceleration. Intel® Communications Chipset 8920 (8Gbps) compared to Intel Communication Chipset 8955 (24Gbps) capable of up to 3x more compression acceleration. 8920 Configuration: C8920 PCIe x16 QA Driver/SDK Release 1.0.0-77 Stargo/ Gladden 4C-8T-8 MB LLC – 2GHz, 2C-4T used for peak CCK throughputs. 8955 Configuration: [8955 PCIe x16 on a Shumway development Platform with Ivy Bridge EP CPUs and QA Driver/SDK 1.00. Tests were performed using UP/8 cores; Measured by Intel].

11 Source as of Aug 2014: Calculated Gb/Watt for 2@ Intel Ethernet CNA X520-DA2 Dual-port Twinax Typical Power 11.6W 2: 1@ Intel Ethernet CNA X710-DA4 Quad-port Twinax Typical Power 3.4W for a 222% increase in Gb/Watt (Typical).

September 02 2014

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July 17 2014

Chip Shot: Intel Delivering Customized Silicon for Enterprise Solutions

Intel has created a customized SKU based on its latest Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family that, when coupled with Oracle software enhancements, allows Oracle to deliver an “elastic compute environment.”  The solution requires customization of the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 SKU as well as software changes that enable the Oracle application to dynamically scale the frequency and number of cores to maximize performance. Disclosure of this work was made today at the announcement of Oracle’s new Exadata Database Machine X4-8. This is another example of Intel providing optimized solutions for its partners to address specific workload needs, in this case for enterprise customers.

July 10 2014

Chip Shot: Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Xeon Phi™ Processors to Power Next Generation, Multi-Petaflop Cray Supercomputer Deployment at NNSA

Cray Inc. today announced it has been awarded a $174 million contract to provide the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with a multi-petaflop supercomputing system powered by future Intel® Xeon® processors code-named “Haswell” and future Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors code-named “Knights Landing.” The system, named “Trinity” by the NNSA, will provide the NNSA with a world-class supercomputer for ensuring the safety, security and effectiveness of the United States’ nuclear stockpile. Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi processors will provide Trinity with the superior combination of performance, programmability and reliability needed to advance the mission for the agency’s stockpile stewardship program. Visit the Cray and NNSA releases to learn more.

July 01 2014

Chip Shot: Intel and DreamWorks Animation* Team up on “How to Train Your Dragon 2″

The new movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is the first that was developed using a new animation platform created by DreamWorks Animation*.Intel worked extensively with DreamWorks on two elements of that platform, PrEMO and Torch. The two tools are built-from-the-ground-up animation and lighting applications that give animators instantaneous feedback on changes made to a scene. These tools were built to ensure all aspects of the hardware and software were optimized to take advantage of the power of each core in Intel’s processors. Want to learn more? Check out the details.

June 23 2014

Chip Shot: Intel Announces New HPC Fabrics and Reveals Details of Next Generation Processors

Today at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, Intel unveiled details on the next-generation Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor  codenamed Knights Landing, which includes the newly integrated Intel® Omni Scale Fabric, an end-to-end interconnect optimized for fast data transfers and better efficiency. Knights Landing will feature high-bandwidth on-package memory and deliver up to three times the performance of the prior generation while using less energy. Intel technology was also showcased throughout the conference with Intel® Xeon® processors powering 85% of systems in the newly published TOP500 list, underscoring their role as the fundamental building block for the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The press release, Dr. Rajeeb Hazra’s ISC keynote, videos and other information on this news is available here.

June 23 2014

Chip Shot: Intel Announces New HPC Fabrics and Reveals Details of Next Generation Processors

Today at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, Intel unveiled details on the next-generation Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor  codenamed Knights Landing, which includes the newly integrated Intel® Omni Scale Fabric, an end-to-end interconnect optimized for fast data transfers and better efficiency. Knights Landing will feature high-bandwidth on-package memory and deliver up to three times the performance of the prior generation while using less energy. Intel technology was also showcased throughout the conference with Intel® Xeon® processors powering 85% of systems in the newly published TOP500 list, underscoring their role as the fundamental building block for the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The press release, Dr. Rajeeb Hazra’s ISC keynote, videos and other information on this news is available here.

June 23 2014

Chip Shot: Latest Intel Lustre Software Offers Fast, Scalable Storage

At the International Supercomputing Conference today, Intel announced the latest release of the Intel® Enterprise Edition for Lustre software that combines the performance and scalability of open-source Lustre software with new tools to help IT use Lustre storage for the most data-intensive applications. Building on the Lustre 2.5 foundation, the Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre features new capabilities to monitor vast amounts of dynamic data to identify and overcome performance constraints as well as larger sized configurations to meet the need for faster and more productive storage solutions. Additionally, the latest version includes a new Lustre client for Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors that delivers 10 times improved streaming I/O compared to network file systems. To learn more, visit lustre.intel.com.