Tuesday, December 11th 2018

Intel Demoes "Sunnycove" High Performance Core

Intel is inching closer to its December 12 "2018 Architecture Day" event targeted at assuring investors and channel partners that its short-term and intermediate-term CPU architecture roadmap looks competitive, by even demonstrating early prototypes of future architectures. One such exhibit revealed a processor demo platform codenamed "Sunnycove." It's not clear if this is a derivative of an upcoming CPU architecture (such as "Ice Lake,") or if it's the first fundamentally new CPU core design since "Nehalem."

The numbers put out by Intel scream "up to 75% more 7-zip performance," without elaborating whether they mean compression, decompression, or encryption. Speaking of the latter, this chip has some serious encryption chops, including support for new encryption instruction-sets that include SHA-NI (secure hash algorithm new instructions), and vector-AES. Much of the chip is designed to accelerate encryption, and its applications could be focused on the enterprise.
Source: Hothardware
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12 Comments on Intel Demoes "Sunnycove" High Performance Core

#1
Xzibit
So AVX acceleration
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#2
TheGuruStud
Xzibit, post: 3959040, member: 105152"
So AVX acceleration
Hey, hey, disabling or not including vital extensions on lower end parts means you can make a press release later claiming big gains over the crippled predecessor to distract from 10nm lol. I guess this is their strategy. Talk about 2021 and beyond and ignore the present.
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#3
m4dn355
In a world of real numbers UP TO means nothing.
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#4
Steevo
Sounds like the same core design with more hardware accelerated features. How many users will use it enough to care
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#5
seronx
Sunnycove is developed by Bulldozer/Piledriver architects and the Softmachines group acquired by Intel. Particularly, overall it is the Folsom design team which made Sunnycove and it's successor WIcove. Oceancove is the Jim Keller version and is essentially Haswell/Broadwell to Skylake level of changes.

14nm -> Sunnycove
7nm -> WIcove
7nm+ -> Oceancove

Sunnycove was built with Skylake. So, it shares the node with Skylake.
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#6
MrGenius
Word
Not a word(WLcove...BTW...which is still not a word...and I have no idea what WL is)
Word
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#7
seronx
MrGenius, post: 3959065, member: 155211"
Word
Not a word(WLcove...BTW...which is still not a word...and I have no idea what WL is)
Word
That is the farthest I got out of Intel in regards to the cove pipeline.
Sunnycove(14nm) otherwise goes directly to Oceancove(7nm).

NGC(14nm) -Sunnycove- -> NGC+(7nm) -> NGC2(7nm+) -Oceancove-

On the side, there is also Atom-NGC which are smaller versions of the above cores as well. So, there is probably Atom cove cores as well.
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#8
Berfs1
Is it just me or does that cooler look like a PUBG crate? Lmao
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#9
dj-electric
Steevo, post: 3959060, member: 19251"
Sounds like the same core design with more hardware accelerated features. How many users will use it enough to care
You're in for a little surprise later today.

Also, its 'Sunny Cove', not 'Sunnycove' :)
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#10
ShurikN
dj-electric, post: 3959127, member: 87186"
Also, its 'Sunny Cove', not 'Sunnycove' :)
The picture clearly has it as one word. Twice even.
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dj-electric
ShurikN, post: 3959185, member: 140585"
The picture clearly has it as one word. Twice even.
That may be some early paper, later today PR announcement should type it in 2 words.
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#12
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Regardless of what this CPU actually is, you can be sure that Intel is now finally focusing on significantly improving that critical IPC performance now that AMD is giving it a good kicking with Ryzen.

This is the kind of competition that we want and I can't wait for it to return to the graphics card space.
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