New Intel Xeon E5 Processors: ZT Systems, Dell, SGI
May 15th, 2012 By: John Rath
Intel (INTC) announced an expansion of its Xeon processor portfolio with new products designed to address a broad and emerging set of server requirements and provide IT managers with additional choice and flexibility.
28 processors announced
Intel introduced 28 processors across three product families Monday to address a range of energy-efficient and affordable solutions for server and workstation customers.
“To satisfy the increasing diversity of IT needs and workloads, Intel is excited to offer additional processor options to enterprises of all sizes with the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600/2400 and E3-1200 v2 product families,” said Boyd Davis, vice president and general manager of the Datacenter Infrastructure Group at Intel. ”Our new products feature the flexibility, value and performance that businesses demand in a market that is ever less tolerant of compromise. We are also continuing to drive momentum in the micro server market by introducing new lower power processors within the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 product family.”
The E5-4600 product family offers the performance and energy efficiency benefits of the Intel Xeon processor E5 family to allow higher density designs than available with previous 4-socket systems. Intel also introduced the Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 product family as an entry-level server and workstation processor built for the unique demands of small business customers. The Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 product family also features two low-power processors optimized for micro servers to address the needs of the emerging scale out datacenter workloads and usages.
ZT Systems announced new server platforms powered by the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v2 product family. “For scale computing customers operating large server fleets, it’s important to dial in the right mix of performance, efficiency and density for each component of a larger compute solution,” said Raymond Miles, ZT Systems VP of Engineering. “Single-socket platforms powered by the Intel Xeon processor E3 can be a great fit for certain server and storage workloads where density and energy efficiency considerations are paramount. With the power savings associated with the move to 22nm manufacturing, and TDP as low as 17 watts, these new processors represent an attractive addition to the array of ingredients ZT can access when designing best-fit solutions.” Standard 1U and 2U rack-mount server platforms based on the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 product family are available immediately, and serve as starting points for customization to meet specific customer needs.
Dell announced nine new optimized servers for its PowerEdge portfolio with new blade, rack and tower servers. The PowerEdge M420 is a quarter height 2-socket blade server, offering extreme computational density, performance and efficiency. Up to 32 M420′s can be placed in the chassis of a single PowerEdge M1000e.
“Dell is experiencing exceptional demand for the first wave of PowerEdge 12th generation servers from customers around the globe looking to power their most demanding workload requirements,” said Forrest Norrod, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Server Solutions. ”We are now pleased to introduce a second wave of 12th generation servers that delivers exceptional value for performance and continues our successful integration of customer feedback and design requirements. Dell is enabling customers to deliver results faster through our tight integration of Dell servers, storage, networking, client and services that take advantage of Dell’s latest innovations resulting from both R&D and key acquisitions of IP.”
SGI announced full support for the newest Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 and E5-4600 product families. SGI is incorporating the newest Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 into SGI’s future shared memory platforms with many new, unique capabilities. The Xeon processor E5-2400 is now the base processor in the SGI Hadoop Starter Kits and is available in the SGI Rackable product line for use in other applications.
SGI’s UV platform will be based on the Intel Xeon E5-4600 processor family and will gain significant performance improvements due to a single system image scaling to thousands of cores and many terabytes of memory versus alternatives which require hundreds of nodes. The UV system will allow users to solve their most demanding problems with fast, scalable performance operating at up to 64 terabytes of memory and with up to 4096 cores in the world’s largest coherent shared memory single-instance system. Stephen Hawking’s COSMOS Consortium has committed to the UV platform to continue to drive cosmology research.
“The collaboration with SGI will enable researchers using the COSMOS supercomputer across the UK to advance their ambitious programme of research in both cosmology and exoplanets,” said Professor Paul Shellard, director, Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. “The incredible flexibility and scalability of this next-generation shared memory high performance computing solution from SGI accelerates our work exploiting large data sets and tackling complex simulations.”