Intel optimizes mission critical computing with Xeon 7500


Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Intel has launched its Xeon 7500 processor series for the HPC and mission critical computing markets. 



The new chip - which boasts a 3X performance increase compared to the existing Xeon 7400 lineup - supports up to eight integrated cores, 16 threads and is capable of scaling up to 32 cores and 64 threads per 4-chip platform or 64 cores and 128 threads per 8-chip platform.

In addition, the processor is available with frequencies up to 2.66 GHz and 24 MB of Smart Cache memory, four QPI links and Turbo Boost technology.

"The Xeon 7500 brings mission critical capabilities to the mainstream by delivering the most significant leap in performance, scalability and reliability ever seen from [us]," explained Intel spokesperson Kirk Skaugen.

"This combination will help users push to new levels of productivity, and accelerate the industry's migration away from proprietary [non X86] architectures. We are democratizing high-end computing."

According to Skaugen, the scalable performance and advanced reliability of the Xeon 7500 series will "further accelerate" the shift from proprietary systems to industry-standard Intel processor-based servers. 



"These new capabilities enable IT managers to consolidate up to 20 older single-core, 4-chip servers onto a single server using Intel Xeon 7500 series processors while maintaining the same level of performance," said Skaugen.

"In doing so, they could also see up to a 92 percent estimated reduction in energy costs and a return on their investment estimated within 1 year due to reductions in power, cooling and licensing costs."

Skaugen also noted that the 7500 was the first Xeon processor to include Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Recovery, a feature which allows the silicon to work with the OS and virtual machine manager to recover from otherwise fatal system errors.