Intel Targets High-End Analytics with New Xeon E7 v4 Processors

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2016-06-06 Print this article Print
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As another example, 20 two-socket, 22-core E5-2699 v4 chips can be replaced by nine four-socket, 24-core E7-8890 v4 chips.

Against IBM's Power8 E870 chips, an eight-socket E7-8890 v4 can offer up to 40 percent better performance and 10 times the performance per dollar while using half the power, Intel officials said.

The new chips are part of a multi-pronged approach to data analytics by Intel. While the Xeon E7 v4 chips are aimed at scale-up in-memory systems for database and analytics workloads, the company also offers the new Xeon E5s as well as the many-core Xeon Phi chips and the field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for scale-out environments. These cover such areas as high-performance big data analytics, machine and deep learning, and modeling and simulation.

Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy, said Intel officials have done a smart thing in focusing on different segments of the analytics space, from diagnostic and predictive analytics to the increasingly complex prescriptive and cognitive analytics.

"It's a broad spectrum," Moorhead told eWEEK. "Intel really brought some simplicity to the conversation. … It helps their story in a way, but it's accurate."

He also said the company over the years has done a good job bringing more RAS features—there are more than 70 in the new Xeon E7 v4 chips—to its high-end Xeons, enabling them to better compete with IBM's Power and Oracle's SPARC chips in a four- and eight-socket server space that isn't growing quickly but is still important to such industries as banking, transportation and telecommunications. The new chips also have to compete with Intel's own Itanium platform, which powers much of Hewlett Packard Enterprise's high-end business-critical systems.

Some server OEMs already are embracing the new chips. Dell officials announced upgrades to four of its PowerEdge servers, including the four-socket R930 and R830, which will have the new chips, and FX2 and M1000e converged platforms, which will feature the FC830 and M830 blade servers with the new Xeon E5-4600 v4 processors.

Lenovo, which is building out its server portfolio after buying IBM's x86 server business two years ago for $2.3 billion, is upgrading its x3850 and x3950 X6 servers, while Fujitsu is bringing the new Xeon E7 v4 chips to its PrimeQuest servers.



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