Intel Xeon E5-2600 Expands its v4 with 22 Core

By | May 2, 2016

E5-2600 v4With 22 Core, 14 nm engraving, security and telemetry functions strengthened, Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 meet the performance requirements of servers.

With metronomic pace, Intel respects its timing for processors renewal for servers. Thus, unveils the successor of Xeon E5-2600 v3 that worked on the micro-architecture Haswell. For v4, Intel preferred micro-architecture Broadwell instead of Haswell. The latter is known in the world of mainstream processors and has been adapted to the world of data centers and especially Cloud.

Hearts For Performance

This vintage is clearly marked by the performance. The chip can carry up to 22 cores with a clock frequency of 2.2 GHz per socket. Fleas are benefiting a method of engraving in 14 nm against 22 nm for previous processors. Intel promises 44% more performance as the turbo mode has been improved by allowing making changes frequencies for vector calculus as cores through the AVX feature. Before, when we change the frequency of a core, all the others were capped on that value. Today, it is possible to play on the frequencies, for example, a granularity to optimize the performance of an application over another.

On the management of the transactional memory, Intel reactivated controversial TSX, which is to simplify the work of developers when programming with multiple threads. A bug in this feature had pushed Intel to disable TSX in the Xeon E5-2600 v3. Enabling this feature was highly requested, particularly in the context of in-memory solutions such as SAP Hana. Always on the memory, the latest Xeon E5 chip supports up to 4 channels in DDR4 2400 MHz (against 2133 MHz previously).

Telemetry and security strengthened

For virtualization, Intel relies heavily on telemetry to adapt the needs of the cores workload. Thus, in its orchestration tool, Intel includes monitoring modules and allocation of bandwidth memory by core (MB) to prioritize workloads by core, as well as cache allocation technology (CAT) that enables developers to reserve the L3 memory. The idea is to use telemetry to provide an SLA management solution on the VM. However, the first benefits from this orchestration are KVM and Xen and work is underway on VMware ESXi.

Security issues are never far away and Intel offers several services to strengthen the defenses of the processors. First encryption, the foundry worked on the acceleration of AES encryption and signatures and checks ECDSA, RSA and DSA. In addition, added with the two instructions in ciphers i.e. ADOX and ADCX. For its part, RSEED help to generate random numbers, an important element of strong encryption. Finally, Intel integrates SMAP (Supervisor Mode Access), which prevents a kernel banging on the user memory, increasing the risk of corruption.

In the end, Intel has a wide range of CPU’s under Xeon E5-2600 v4 series for servers…

SKU Name Cores/ThreadsBase ClockL3 Cache (LLC) TDP
Intel Xeon E5-2699 V422/442.2 GHz55 MB145W
Intel Xeon E5-2698 V420/402.2 GHz50 MB135W
Intel Xeon E5-2697A V4 16/32 2.6 GHz 40 MB 145W
Intel Xeon E5-2697 V4 18/36 2.3 GHz 45 MB 145W
Intel Xeon E5-2695 V4 18/36 2.1 GHz 45 MB 120W
Intel Xeon E5-2696 V4 22/44 2.1 GHz 55 MB 150W
Intel Xeon E5-2690 V4 14/28 2.6 GHz 35 MB 135W
Intel Xeon E5-2687W V4 12/24 3.0 GHz 30 MB 160W
Intel Xeon E5-2683 V4 16/32 2.1 GHz 40 MB 120W
Intel Xeon E5-2680 V4 14/28 2.4 GHz 35 MB 120W
Intel Xeon E5-2667 V4 8/16 3.2 GHz 35 MB 135W
Intel Xeon E5-2660 V4 14/28 2.0 GHz 35 MB 105W
Intel Xeon E5-2650L V4 14/28 1.7 GHz 35 MB 65W
Intel Xeon E5-2650 V4 12/24 2.2 GHz 30 MB 105W
Intel Xeon E5-2643 V4 6/12 3.4 GHz 10 MB 135W
Intel Xeon E5-2640 v4 10/20 2.4 GHz 25 MB 90W
Intel Xeon E5-2637 v4 4/8 3.5 GHz 5 MB 135W
Intel Xeon E5-2630 v4 10/20 2.2 GHz 25 MB 85W
Intel Xeon E5-2630L v4 10/20 1.8 GHz 25 MB 55W
Intel Xeon E5-2623 V4 4/8 2.6 GHz 5 MB 85W
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 8/16 2.1 GHz 20 MB 85W
Intel Xeon E5-2609 V4 8/8 1.7 GHz 20 MB 85W
Intel Xeon E5-2603 v4 6/6 1.7 GHz 10 MB 85W

Let’s get this straight: E5-2600 v3 vs.  E5-2600 v4

FeaturesE5-2600 v3 (HSW-EP)E5-2600 (BDW-EP)
SocketSocket R3Socket R3
Process Technology22 nm14 nm
ArchitectureHaswell microarchitectureBroadwell microarchitecture
Max Core/ThreadUp to 18 cores / 36 ThreadsUp to 22 cores / 44 Threads
Memory Support4 x DDR4 Channels 4 x DDR4 Channels
Memory SpeedUp to 2133 MT/sUp to 2400 MT/s
Max Channels / DIMM Slots / Capacity 8 / 24 / 1536 GB8 / 24 / 1536 GB
QPI Ports2 x QPI 1.1 Channels 6.4, 8.0, 9.6 GT/s2 x QPI 1.1 Channels 6.4, 8.0, 9.6 GT/s
PCIe* Lanes / Controllers40 / 10 / PCIe* 3.0, (2.5, 5, 8 GT/s40 / 10 / PCIe* 3.0, (2.5, 5, 8 GT/s
TDP (W) Up to 145W Server; 160W Workstation onlyUp to 145W Server; 160W Workstation only
ChipsetIntel* C610 series chipset (Wellsburg PCH)Intel* C610 series chipset (Wellsburg PCH)
ConnectivityUp to 40GbE - Intel* Ethernet Controller XL710 (Fortville)Up to 40GbE - Intel* Ethernet Controller XL710 (Fortville)