Tuesday, May 19th 2009

Intel to Detail 8-core Nehalem-EX Processor Next Week

Having successfully established the Nehalem architecture-derived Core i7 series as the industry's fastest consumer processors available, and recently propagating the architecture to two-socket Xeon series for servers and high-end workstations, Intel is set to push up parallelism two-fold with the Nehalem-EX 8-core enterprise processor. The company will detail this new line of chips next week, although a commercial-launch can be expected only in late 2009 or early 2010.

The new chip will succeed the company's own Xeon E7000 "Dunnington" series 6-core processors, for having the highest available parallelism per socket. The 8 physical x86-64 processing cores will further feature HyperThreading technology, sending the logical-processor count to 16 threads per socket. Each processor packs 2.3 billion transistors. The processor will further be designed for systems with more than two sockets per board. Currently although server-builders sell 1U and 2U servers with more than two Nehalem quad-core processors, the system is designed by using two (or more) two-socket mainboards interconnected using Infiniband. The announcement will be made on May 26, in an address headed by Boyd Davis, Intel's general manager of Server Platforms Marketing Group.Source: CNET
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35 Comments on Intel to Detail 8-core Nehalem-EX Processor Next Week

#1
mlee49
:toast: to 16 threads! Woot for Hyperthreading!
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#2
lemonadesoda
... in each socket in a 4-way server board = 64 threads. Watching task manager will be funny.

Before you get excited, these Beckton MP processors will start upwards of $2000 each.

(socket LGA 1567, 24MB L3)
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#3
iStink
by: lemonadesoda
... in each socket in a 4-way server board = 64 threads. Watching task manager will be funny.

Before you get excited, these Beckton MP processors will start upwards of $2000 each.

(socket LGA 1567, 24MB L3)
sounds delicious
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#4
Jizzler
A press release for a press release - it's going to be big!

A 4P Nehalem-EX box has more threads than employees where I work... virtualize their desktops, our existing servers, and there would still be leftover 'power' for BOINC ;)
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#6
Salsoolo
by: TheGuruStud
but will it scale?
for business applications? of course.
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#7
TheGuruStud
by: Salsoolo
for business applications? of course.
Not what I meant haha
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#8
Mussels
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by: TheGuruStud
but will it scale?
lol four of these could probably software emulate crysis.
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#9
erocker
by: Mussels
lol four of these could probably software emulate crysis.
At an unbelievable 5 fps!!!
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#10
Mussels
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by: erocker
At an unbelievable 5 fps!!!
one i7 could manage 10FPS at 800x600, we're talkin 60FPS at 640x480 here!
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#11
n-ster
wow 640x480 :D what a great quality*!

*on a psp screen!
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#12
zithe
by: mlee49
:toast: to 16 threads! Woot for Hyperthreading!
To 500!

Nice to see some more advancement in CPUs. :D
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#13
Katanai
Ha! I was awaiting this. Now you can have 256 processing cores and 512 virtual servers in one of our c7000 enclosures. That's super computer teritory right there!

:rockout:
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#14
mlee49
Any idea on how many FLOPS?
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#15
a_ump
this is a like double die in one package right? if it's actually a true octo core, HURRY THE FUCK UP AMD lol
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#16
mdbrotha03
by: mlee49
Any idea on how many FLOPS?
ITS OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#17
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
by: btarunr
Each processor packs 2.3 billion transistors.
That's going to pass up the Itanium 2 (finally)! Itanium has dominated the transistor count since 2003.


by: mlee49
Any idea on how many FLOPS?
If it scales from the Core i7 920, about 52-54 GFlOps per socket @ 2.66 GHz with hyperthreading and turbo enabled.


by: a_ump
this is a like double die in one package right? if it's actually a true octo core, HURRY THE FUCK UP AMD lol
I'm pretty sure it is a "true" octo-core although with QPI, it really wouldn't matter.
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#18
MilesRdz
by: mdbrotha03
ITS OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What?! 9000?!
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#19
DanTheBanjoman
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by: a_ump
this is a like double die in one package right? if it's actually a true octo core, HURRY THE FUCK UP AMD lol
There is no such thing as a "true" octo core. If there are 8 cores it's an octo core. The way the cores are interconnected really isn't relevant.
AMD is behind no matter how you put it, nothing new here.
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#20
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
AMD invented this "true" nonsense in order to sell their Phenom processors against the Core 2 Quads (when Phenom was still vaporware at that). The first round of Phenoms, well, sucked so "true" is no more than a marketing ploy.
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#21
Weer
God damn it.

I want this to be ~500$ or less so I can get two! Or if anyone else has any ideas about how I can get eight i7 cores for that price - I'm all ears. Well.. not.. not really, but go on.
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#25
Melvis
To expensive, to much power usage, to much heat build up id say to? and who is going to use these realy? The FBI or ARMY? and dont you need a whole new mobo for this as well?
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