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Intel wants to modernize data centers with new Xeon server chips

Agam Shah | Sept. 9, 2014
Intel has designed its latest server chips to provide the building blocks to modernize "legacy data centers" by providing more processing cores, throughput and power-saving features.

The new server chips increase throughput six times, reducing latency by half. Grantley supports 40GB Ethernet, which reduces bottlenecks on network communications in data centers. It also has on-board support for the NVMe protocol, through which solid-state drives can be placed in faster PCI-Express slots. Servers will be able to include SSDs with 2TB of capacity.

Servers will also be easier to manage and cool down, Bryant said.

The chip platforms will have new features to track airflow and temperature. System administrators will also find it easier to track CPU, memory and I/O utilization. Servers will able to feed telemetry data that can be used to fix servers. Servers typically have features to cap performance.

Intel is shipping 32 variants of the Xeon E5-2600 v3 chips, and an additional 20 to specific customers to run custom applications. Pricing for the chips was not immediately available.

 

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