Intel launches long-awaited 8-core Xeon processor E5-2600 product family

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Intel estimates that there will be 15 billion connected devices and 3 billion connected users by 2015, while the amount of global data centre IP traffic is forecast to grow by 33 percent annually, surpassing 4.8 zetabytes per year – more than three times the amount in 2011.

Intel's long-awaited Xeon E5-2600 processor is aimed at meeting the growing demands of cloud computing, consumerisation and big data by focusing on four key areas – performance, energy efficiency, I/O bandwidth and security.

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Intel launches long-awaited 8-core Xeon processor E5-2600 product family

Intel has launched its long-awaited Xeon E5-2600 processor family, code-named Sandy Bridge, focusing on four key areas: performance, energy efficiency, I/O bandwidth and security.

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What happens in an Internet minute?

The new processor is aimed at meeting the growing demands of cloud computing, consumerisation and big data. Intel estimates that there will be 15 billion connected devices and 3 billion connected users by 2015, while the amount of global data centre IP traffic is forecast to grow by 33 percent annually, surpassing 4.8 zetabytes per year.

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Introducing the Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors

Diane Bryant, vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Connected Systems Group, introduced the new Xeon E5-2600 processors at an event held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Simultaneous events were held in London, Paris, Hannover and other major cities around the world.

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Processor performance improved by 80 percent

Supporting up to eight cores per processor and up to 768GB of system memory, Intel claims the Xeon processor E5-2600 product family increases performance by up to 80 percent compared to the previous generation Intel Xeon processor 5600 series.

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HP first in line for Xeon E5 processors

HP was the first company to preview servers based on Intel's E5 processors last month. Proliant Gen8 servers integrate new technologies designed to cut overall maintenance and power costs in data centres while maintaining high server uptimes.

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The basis of many cloud computing infrastructures

Xeon E5 processors will also form the basis of many cloud computing infrastructures. This high-density server platform from TYAN has 18 front swappable blades and up to 32GB of main memory supported in a single-socket server platform.

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Intel 2U system: high performance, high efficiency, I/O flexibility

The V2S-2UGP family of servers from V2 Electronics, with dual Xeon E5 processor support and 16-core capability, offers a high memory footprint and I/O capabilities. It has a single management console, and an energy efficient spread core design. It is suitable for a range of businesses, from enterprises looking to deploy large scale data centres to SMBs.

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Xeon E5 will be useful at CERN's Large Hadron Collider

Intel claims the Xeon E5 can improve energy efficiency by more than 50 percent, making them ideal for compute-intensive applications where energy supply is limited. These four-node servers are from Viglen support research conducted at CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, as well as HPC facilities at the University of Bristol, Oxford University and University of York.

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Latency can be reduced by 30% using Intel's new PCI Express ports

Financial services platforms will benefit from Intel's new integrated PCI Express ports and Data Direct I/O technology, which can reduce latency by up to 30 percent. The new SFN6122F from Solarflare delivers over a microsecond lower latency compared to prior generations. A complete server solution for the financial sector using the Solarflare adapter card is offered by Hammer.

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The new processor is great for workstations too...

Intel's Xeon E5 processors will not just be used in servers but in workstations too. Armari's Magnetar X32-AW1200 has two eight-core Xeon E5-2687W chips running at 3.1GHz, a 240GB SSD and a 2TB drive.

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Could the Xeon E5 processors be used in the next generation of Apple Mac Pros?

There is some speculation that Xeon E5 processors could be used in Apple's next generation of Mac Pro workstations. As E5 processors have up to eight cores, this would make for a 16-core Mac Pro, rather than the 12-core current flagship model.

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