Enterprise CPUs

The cadence of Intel’s enterprise processor portfolio is designed to support customers that use the hardware with a guarantee of socket and platform support for at least three years. As a result, we typically get two lots of processors per socket: Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, Broadwell and Haswell, and now Cascade Lake joins Skylake. Intel’s new Second Generation Xeon Scalable (the official name) still comes in the new ‘Platinum / Gold / Silver / Bronze’ nomenclature, but this time offering up to 56 cores if you want the processor equivalent of Wolverine at your disposal. Not only is Intel offering more cores, but there’s Optane support, faster DRAM, new configurations, and better specialization that before. Intel also surprised us with better-than-expected hardware support...

Intel Launches the Xeon D-1600 Family: Upgrades to Xeon D-1500

Even if you’ve been keeping track of Intel’s Xeon family lines, the Xeon D family could probably give you cause for confusion. The same ‘generation’ of products spans a...

10 by Ian Cutress on 4/2/2019

Ampere eMAG in the Cloud: 32 Arm Core Instance for $1/hr

One of the companies working to put Arm processors into the cloud is Ampere, and the proliferation of Arm in the cloud is continuing to grow. Cloud company Packet...

15 by Ian Cutress on 3/29/2019

The Xeon Entry Quad-Core CPU Review: Xeon E-2174G, E-2134, and E-2104G Tested

A couple of months ago we reviewed a few of the newest six-core Intel commercial CPUs that are also used in low-end servers. Intel has also launched some quad-core...

28 by Ian Cutress on 3/11/2019

Best CPUs for Workstations: 2019

In our series of Best CPU guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended workstation CPUs list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the...

32 by Ian Cutress on 3/1/2019

Intel Reveals Name of Next Generation Xeon D: Hewitt Lake

The Xeon D processor line for Intel has been a combination networking/microserver processor that increased significantly in core count, power, and capability in the previous generation. We now have...

10 by Ian Cutress on 2/25/2019

Some Cascade Lake Xeon Scalable Processor Specifications Exposed in SI Documents

The next generation of Intel’s server processor line is the Cascade Lake Xeon Scalable family. Intel has been promoting it as the next generation over several events through 2018...

5 by Ian Cutress on 2/23/2019

Cisco Documents Shed Light on Cascade Lake, Cooper Lake, and Ice Lake for Servers

In a publicly available document, found by an eagle-eyed user on Twitter, Cisco has revealed some details about the future Whitley Platform and Barlow Pass: the set of technologies...

21 by Ian Cutress on 2/5/2019

Huawei Server Efforts: Hi1620 and Arm’s Big Server Core, Ares

For at least four years now, Arm has been pushing its efforts to be a big part of the modern day server, the modern day data center, and in...

12 by Ian Cutress on 11/20/2018

Managing 8 Rome CPUs in 1U: Cray’s Shasta Direct Liquid Cooling

The Supercomputing show was a hive of activity, with lots of whispers surrounding the next generation of x86 CPUs, such as AMD’s Rome platform and Intel’s Cascade Lake platform...

26 by Ian Cutress on 11/19/2018

Intel Partner Discloses Cascade Lake Xeon Scalable Launch Window

This week at Supercomputing, everyone is getting excited about next generation hardware, not only on x86 but also GPUs, POWER, Arm, FPGAs, and accelerators. The danger of having so...

17 by Ian Cutress on 11/16/2018

AMD 64-Core Rome Deployment: HLRS ‘Hawk’ at 2.35 GHz

Last week AMD pre-announced its next-generation EPYC processors, code-named Rome. These new processors are set to be officially announced next year, but will feature up to 64 cores using...

30 by Ian Cutress on 11/13/2018

Just When You Thought It Was Dead: Qualcomm Centriq Arm Server Systems Spotted

Much to our surprise, we saw a Qualcomm Centriq server from an OEM at Supercomputing this week.

7 by Ian Cutress on 11/13/2018

TACC Frontera: Targeting 210W Next-Gen Xeons and Extreme Performance

The Frontera supercomputer is the next generation high performance machine set to debut at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). As part of Intel’s HPC Forum, being held just...

9 by Ian Cutress on 11/12/2018

Intel Offers More Cascade Lake-AP Performance Numbers

One of the announcements from last week involved Intel and its new Cascade Lake Advanced Performance category of processors to launch next year. These new processors will be based...

51 by Ian Cutress on 11/11/2018

AMD Next Horizon Live Blog: Starts 9am PT / 5pm UTC

AMD's 2019 is set to be full of 7nm products, and on the back of AMD's New Horizon event on 2016, today it is hosting part two: Next Horizon...

100 by Ian Cutress on 11/6/2018

Intel Xeon E Six-Core Review: E-2186G, E-2176G, E-2146G, and E-2136 Tested

Despite having officially launched back in July, Intel’s Xeon E desktop platform has yet to see the light of day in systems casually available to users or small businesses...

51 by Ian Cutress on 11/5/2018

Intel Goes For 48-Cores: Cascade-AP with Multi-Chip Package Coming Soon

Ahead of the annual Supercomputing 2018 conference next week, Intel is today announcing part of its upcoming Cascade Lake strategy. Following on from its server-focused Xeon Scalable Skylake family...

91 by Ian Cutress on 11/5/2018

896 Xeon Cores in One PC: Microsoft’s New x86 DataCenter Class Machines Running Windows

This week Microsoft released a new blog dedicated to the Windows Kernel internals. The purpose of the blog is to dive into the Kernel across a variety of architectures...

57 by Ian Cutress on 10/26/2018

An Interview with Lisa Spelman, VP of Intel’s DCG: Discussing Cooper Lake and Smeltdown

As part of Intel's Datacenter summit, we were given an opportunity to sit down with Lisa Spelman, VP of Intel’s Data Center Group and General Manager of Xeon Products...

41 by Ian Cutress on 8/15/2018

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