In what has become one of the busiest months ever for CPU introductions, Intel got its final say on Tuesday with the launch of its much-anticipated Nehalem EX. The new processor line encompasses the Xeon 7500 and 6500 series and will be the basis for shared memory SMP systems from dozens of server makers, including HPC stalwarts like Cray, SGI, and Bull.
Westmere parts already showing up in HPC machines.
But what about the tier ones?
Right on schedule, Intel has launched its Xeon 5600 processors, codenamed “Westmere EP.” The 5600 represents the 32nm sequel to the Xeon 5500 (Nehalem EP) for dual-socket servers. Intel is touting better performance and energy efficiency, along with new security features, as the big selling points of the new Xeons.
AMD offers up 48-core server prize.
The new x86 multicore offerings could portend big changes for HPC platforms.
New chips from Intel and AMD to launch this month
Chipmakers converged on San Francisco this week to talk up their newest semiconductor products at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Of particular interest to the HPC crowd are Intel’s Westmere EP and “Tukwila” Itanium 9300, and IBM’s POWER7.
Intel will preview first 32nm Xeon chips on Monday.
Despite the rise of GPUs, CPUs are the foundation high performance computing, with Intel clearly owning the majority of the HPC server market. AMD’s server roadmap over the next couple of years may be able to blunt some of its rival’s momentum, but there are no magic bullets in the company’s arsenal.