Intel’s upcoming release of its latest and greatest family of server CPUs, the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors, is easily one of the most anticipated line of processors in recent history, particularly for cloud, virtualization and data center applications. Featuring the largest core count yet at up to 18 cores/36 threads per CPU with DDR4 memory support, the E5-2600 v3 processors are both powerful in performance to efficiency with plenty of built-in features designed for today’s computing market. New features include:
- AVX 2.0—floating point Fused Multiply Add (FMA) expected to improve performance in high-performance computing, while 256-bit integer vector instructions could benefit math, codec, image processing and DSP software
- VM Control Structure (VMCS) Shadowing—enables efficient nested virtualization usages with reduced overhead by eliminating the majority of nesting-induced VM exits/entries
- Cache QoS Monitoring—provides last level cache occupancy monitoring and identifies the cache occupancy at an individual application/VM level.
- General Crypto Assist—provides superior cryptographic performance to support the math functions of crypto algorithms
- Integrated Voltage Regulator (IVR)—integrates legacy power delivery onto processor package/die for a simplified platform power design that reduces average power across load-line and runs at lower power when uncore runs at less than core frequency.
- Energy Efficient Turbo—reduces or removes turbo when CPU utilization is low or when workload has frequent memory stalls.
Key AMAX solutions will be available integrated with the E5-2600 v3 processors immediately upon the official launch including the award-winning CloudMax™ Converged Cloud solution (recent winner of the Intel Server Innovation Award), the PHAT-Data™ Hadoop cluster and AMAX’s line of Open Compute (OCP) IaaS and data center infrastructure platforms based on Facebook’s revolutionary modular and efficiency-oriented design, bringing hyperscale operational savings to medium to large operations.
Other solutions include HPC platforms (such as those featuring the latest in NVIDIA’s Tesla GPU accelerator technology), server appliances that can be custom-built, custom-branded and validated for ISVs to offer turnkey on-premise solutions to maximize ROI, and a wide range of storage options, optimized for I/O, density or a combination of both.
Some product highlights that will be available with the new Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors include:
- CloudMax™ Cloud Server—a 2U Dual-CPU High-Efficiency server featuring 12x 3.5” drives for greater cost efficiency for cloud storage, while offering the ultimate in availability with up to 4x internal SSDs that can be used for OS or cache without sacrificing storage space.
- PHAT Data™ High-Density Data Node Server—a 2-Node server tailored for Hadoop fitting two dual-CPU nodes in a 2U form factor to achieve an optimal CPU to spindle ratio. This platform is used as a reference architecture for Hortonworks’ HDP distribution.
- Open Compute (OCP) Winterfell Node—3 nodes per 2OU sled for a whopping 108 cores of compute power.
- StorMax™ I/O Optimized Storage Servers—a 1U 4x 3.5” or 8x 2.5” I/O optimized storage server with increased capacity and flexibility for large to hyperscale data center deployments.
- StorMax™ High-Density Storage Server—featuring up to 72 hot-swap drives for 432TB total capacity and 12Gb/s SAS for maximum density and storage performance.
- AMAX On-Premise Server Appliance Platforms—from memory-maximized (up to 1.5TB of high-speed 2133Mhz DDR4 RAM), to density maximized (four dual-CPU nodes in a 2U form factor) to robust storage features (2U storage server with 12 drives including internal SSD drive options for OS and cache), AMAX offers a full line of appliance platforms for ISVs looking for a customized and validated platform integrate into an ROI-driving total solution.
“Intel’s new E5-2600 v3 processors completely changes the computing landscape,” said James Huang, Product Marketing Manager, AMAX. “These processors allow more VMs per footprint, superior performance and efficiency for HPC and Big Data applications, and in some cases, a single E5-2600 v3 processor can replace dual processor platforms from previous generations for the ultimate in cost efficiency.”
AMAX is very excited about this new generation of processor technology and its alignment with the direction of the industry to provide more compute power and density while maintaining excellent efficiency. What are your thoughts on the new E5-2600 v3 processors and its application within real-world solutions?