Monday, March 5, 2012

Intel Unwraps New Xeon Processors for the Data Center

Intel unveiled its Xeon processor E5-2600 product family aimed at high-performance servers supporting cloud applications in next-gen data centers.

Highlights of the Xeon E5-2600s include:

Up to eight cores per processor

Up to 768GB of system memory

Increased performance by up to 80 percent, compared to the previous-generation Intel Xeon processor 5600 series.

Support for Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel Virtualization Technology

Support for Intel Advanced Vector Extension (Intel AVX), which increases the performance on compute-intensive applications such as financial analysis, media content creation and high performance computing up to 2 times.

Support for tools to monitor and control power usage such as Intel Node Manager and Intel Data Center Manager, which provide accurate, real-time power and thermal data to system management consoles.

Support for Intel Integrated I/O (Intel IIO) and Intel Data Direct I/O (Intel DDIO). Intel DDIO allows Intel Ethernet controllers and adapters to route I/O traffic directly to processor cache, reducing trips to system memory reducing power consumption and I/O latency. The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family is also the first server processors to integrate the I/O controller supporting PCI Express 3.0 directly into the microprocessor.

Support for Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instruction (Intel AES-NI14), which helps systems to quickly encrypt and decrypt data running over a range of applications and transactions.

Support for Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT15), which creates a trusted foundation to reduce the infrastructure exposure to malicious attacks. These features in partnership with leading software applications will help IT protect their data centers against attack and scale to meet the demands of their customers.

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