Wednesday, May 27th 2009

Intel Previews Intel Xeon 'Nehalem-EX' Processor

Intel Corporation today previewed a new Intel Xeon processor codenamed "Nehalem-EX." The processor will be at the heart of the next generation of intelligent and expandable high-end Intel server platforms, which will deliver a number of new technical advancements and boost enterprise computing performance.

In production later this year, the Nehalem-EX processor will feature up to eight cores inside a single chip supporting 16 threads and 24MB of cache. Its performance increase will be dramatic, posting the highest-ever jump from a previous generation processor.

Nehalem-EX will add new reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features traditionally found in the company's Intel Itanium processor family, such as Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Recovery. Together with new levels of performance, both high-end processors should speed the move away from more expensive, proprietary RISC-processor based systems.

Ideal for server consolidation, virtualized applications, data demanding enterprise applications and technical computing environments, Nehalem-EX will offer up to nine times the memory bandwidth of the previous-generation Intel Xeon 7400 platform. Nehalem-EX will also double the memory capacity with up to 16 memory slots per processor socket, and offer four high-bandwidth QuickPath Interconnect links. Nehalem-EX will provide tremendous scalability, from large-memory two-socket systems through eight-socket systems capable of processing 128 threads simultaneously without the need for third-party chips to "glue" the platform together. Additional scalability options including greater sockets counts will be possible with third-party solutions.

Intel delivers the most complete server portfolio: The Xeon 5500 series delivers leading performance, energy efficiency and flexibility for infrastructure applications. Nehalem-EX will greatly improve on today's Intel Xeon 7400 scalable performance, flexibility and advanced RAS features for data demanding enterprise applications and server consolidation. Itanium delivers the highest scalability and most advanced RAS features for the most demanding environments.

The Nehalem-EX Advantage
  • Intel Nehalem Architecture built on Intel's unique 45nm high-k metal gate technology process
  • Up to 8 cores per processor
  • Up to 16 threads per processor with Intel Hyper-threading
  • Scalability up to eight sockets via Quick Path Interconnects and greater with third-party node controllers
  • QuickPath Architecture with four high-bandwidth links
  • 24MB of shared cache
  • Integrated memory controllers
  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • Intel scalable memory buffer and scalable memory interconnects
  • Up to 9x the memory bandwidth of previous generation
  • Support for up to 16 memory slots per processor socket
  • Advanced RAS capabilities including MCA Recovery
  • 2.3 billion transistors
From RISC to Reward: Customers Migrating to Xeon- and Itanium-based platformsWith new RAS capabilities for high-end enterprises, Nehalem-EX can accelerate IT adoption of Intel-based platforms over RISC-based platforms by delivering a lower total cost of ownership, higher performance, lower electricity bills and the ability to standardize on a flexible IT environment. The Intel Itanium processor delivers mainframe-class reliability for mission-critical workloads and enables the greatest scalability, especially for highly threaded workloads. Itanium offers greater than eight-socket system configurations and is ideal for applications that access the largest memory pools.

Availability
Nehalem-EX is scheduled for production in the second half of 2009.

For more information, please refer to this document(PDF). A video related to the demonstration, titled "Intel and IBM demonstrate 128-Thread Nehalem-EX Server" can be viewed here.Source: Intel
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54 Comments on Intel Previews Intel Xeon 'Nehalem-EX' Processor

#1
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
pricing?
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#2
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
I'd think 1.5-2k per cpu.
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#3
lemonadesoda
64 core, 128 thread, server
'nuff said. Want one. LOL
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#5
csendesmark
by: freaksavior
pricing?
$2500 :nutkick:
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#6
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: lemonadesoda
'nuff said. Want one. LOL
What do you do that needs 128 threads :p
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#7
lemonadesoda
1./ Calculate convex hypoteneous gamma's on out-of-the-money credit derivative betas using monte-carlo backtesting. I will save the world from socialist/keynesian interference.

2./ Encode video - a nasty delay in existing workflow that is wasting a lot of my professional time.

3./ Will finally be able to play Crysis

4./ Obtain TPU topscore on Geekbench and IntelBurnTest GFlops

Need more reasons? Reasons? Who needs reasons? Enthusiast gflop junkies dont need logical reasons, just emotions.
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#8
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: lemonadesoda
1./ Calculate convex hypoteneous gamma's on out-of-the-money credit derivative betas using monte-carlo backtesting. I will save the world from socialist/keynesian interference.

2./ Encode video - a nasty delay in existing workflow that is wasting a lot of my professional time.

3./ Will finally be able to play Crysis

4./ Obtain TPU topscore on Geekbench and IntelBurnTest GFlops

Need more reasons? Reasons? Who needs reasons? Enthusiast gflop junkies dont need logical reasons, just emotions.
5./ Make server efficient. Instead of a clumsier two (LGA-1366) socket board, use one (slightly larger socket), with consolidated power draw == more bier for the weekend :toast:
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#9
Weer
Okay, hang on. What socket are talking here?

Because this takes off the burden of needing a dual-socket board (even if my case can house one), just in time for GTX 380.

EDIT: It's LGA-1567..

EDIT2: Ahhh, screw this! I don't need an 8-core CPU.. I'll just get two Quads.. they'll overclock better. But the server industry is still trying to get the poor man down. Registered RAM annoys me the most.

EDIT3: 100$ for 6GB of DDR3 registered? Now I got to find an extra 500$ for the extra CPU and the double cost of the motherboard. Actually, can I run Dual-920 on a sever motherboard?
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#10
iStink
by: freaksavior
pricing?
arm and a leg
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#11
PlanetCyborg
now that is what i7 shuld have been not the lousy 4 core thingy!
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#12
Weer
by: PlanetCyborg
now that is what i7 shuld have been not the lousy 4 core thingy!
Dude! You need a new board! Damnit! :cry:
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#13
PlanetCyborg
by: Weer
Dude! You need a new board! Damnit! :cry:
why:confused:
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#14
Weer
by: PlanetCyborg
why:confused:
Cause it's liek.. totally socket LGA-1567.
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#15
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: lemonadesoda
1./ Calculate convex hypoteneous gamma's on out-of-the-money credit derivative betas using monte-carlo backtesting. I will save the world from socialist/keynesian interference.

2./ Encode video - a nasty delay in existing workflow that is wasting a lot of my professional time.

3./ Will finally be able to play Crysis

4./ Obtain TPU topscore on Geekbench and IntelBurnTest GFlops

Need more reasons? Reasons? Who needs reasons? Enthusiast gflop junkies dont need logical reasons, just emotions.
I googled that first one and it told me to fuck off :( In laymans terms please :laugh: I knew it was for geekbench ;)
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#17
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: PlanetCyborg
3 different sockets:twitch: is intel crazy
AMD has just as many still floating about. Although they are backwards compatible. AM2 AM2+ and AM3
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#18
Jizzler
by: btarunr
5./ Make server efficient. Instead of a clumsier two (LGA-1366) socket board, use one (slightly larger socket), with consolidated power draw == more bier for the weekend :toast:
A good point. They did say they're orienting it for 2 to 8-way systems, but even a single socket Xeon-EX board would be great.

A 1CPU license of Server 2008 Datacenter costs as much as Server 2008 Enterprise, yet has unlimited virtualization rights.
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#19
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Jizzler
A good point. They did say they're orienting it for 2 to 8-way systems, but even a single socket Xeon-EX board would be great.

A 1CPU license of Server 2008 Datacenter costs as much as Server 2008 Enterprise, yet has unlimited virtualization rights.
Use a free Linux distro, buy another Xeon-EX with the money you potentially save.
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#20
Jizzler
I use Linux when I can. We have a Jabber server, couple web dev, etc, virtual machines. Most are running CentOS.

But I can't get away from Windows Server, Exchange, Dynamics NAV, and some others, so I have to think about MS licensing :/
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#21
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
one of the guys i work with has a tray of these at his house :shadedshu he wont let me borrow one
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#22
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: cdawall
one of the guys i work with has a tray of these at his house :shadedshu he wont let me borrow one
Take by force ?

I've always wondered what a tray would look like ? is it an actual tray of cpu's ?
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#23
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: cdawall
one of the guys i work with has a tray of these at his house :shadedshu he wont let me borrow one
break in?

by: DrPepper
I've always wondered what a tray would look like ? is it an actual tray of cpu's ?
A tray:


Just like the tray in which the baker stores/transports muffins.
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#24
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: DrPepper
Take by force ?

I've always wondered what a tray would look like ? is it an actual tray of cpu's ?
by: btarunr
break in?
he may let me take one for a weekend i am trying really hard and be as persuasive as i can
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