Intel has officially launched a new generation of Xeon processors for servers and workstations. The Xeon E5-2600 v4 (PDF) product family features up to 22 cores and up to 44 threads. The processors are manufactured for two-socket systems. In addition, Intel announced new solid state drives for data centers.
Intel Launches Broadwell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v4 Processors, Up to 22 cores
The access to frequently used data to simplify E5-2600 v4 of up to 55 Mbyte last level cache (LLC) of the Xeon. The chip also supports up to 24 DIMMs per two-socket server, mainly for “data intensive” virtual machines. The maximum speed of the DDR4 memory raises from 2133 to 2400 MHz.
The Intel TSX instruction set will accelerate multiple threads distributed workloads. The AVX2 instruction set increases the speed of floating-point and integer calculations. Floating point operations to be carried out by up to 31 percent faster.
The new Xeon processors are also optimized for the processing of encryption algorithms. At initiation of protocols based on RSA, ECC and SHA performance to increase by up to 70 percent. In addition, the chips have a random number generator for security key and a random bit generator for software-based solutions.
Now automatic resource management in the data center will be improved by improved Intel’s Resource Director technology. It will especially improve the performance of virtual machines by a factor of 4.1 by a new Level 3 cache management. The flagship model Xeon E5-2699 v4 is equipped with 22 cores running at 2.2 GHz cores with 55 MByte LLC costs $ 4,115. In the simplest version (1.7 GHz, 6 cores, 15 MB LLC) will go on sale for $213. In addition, Intel offers variants with optimized processor clock, with a particularly low energy consumption, for workstations, storage and communication.
In addition, Intel has introduced new Solid States Drives the model DC p3320 and P3520 and D3700 and D3600. Intel’s first SSDs with 3D NAND memory. They are five times faster than SATA-based SSDs. The dual port design increases, according to Intel, the redundancy and protection against data loss in most business-critical storage tasks.Compared to dual-port SAS solutions the model D3700 is designed to provide six times more power.