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Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 Family (Brickland Platform)

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Update: as Introducing the new IBM System x3850 X6: High performance and mission critical! with “Processing power, thanks to the latest Intel Xeon E7-4800 v2 and E7-8800 v2 processors” happened (albeit on [IBM System x Blog, Jan 16, 2014]) Intel cancelled its own videos already available on its YouTube channel.

IBM System x3850 X6 video walk-through [IBMRedbooks YouTube channel, Feb 18, 2014]

The IBM® System x3850 X6 server is the sixth generation of the IBM Enterprise X-Architecture®, delivering innovation with enhanced scalability, reliability, availability, and serviceability features to enable optimal performance for mission-critical databases, enterprise applications, and virtualized environments. The x3850 X6 pack numerous fault-tolerant and high-availability features into a high-density, rack-optimized lid-less package that helps to significantly reduce the space needed to support massive network computing operations and simplify servicing. An x3850 X6 supports up to four Intel Xeon processor E7-4800 v2 or E7-8800 v2 high-performance processors and up to 6 TB of memory.

The reason became obvious when  came the announcement that Lenovo Plans to Acquire IBM’s x86 Server Business [IBM press release, Jan 23, 2014] with “This includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations.” More than a month was needed to rearrange the focus of Intel’s announcement. Finally an even stranger announcement came out with Microsoft totally missing on the announcement stage despite the record results with its groundbreaking SQL Server 2014. End of the update

OR Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8800/4800/2800 v2
OR Intel® Xeon® “Mission Critical Expandable” v2
More information (not yet v2): www.intel.com/xeonE7
Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 Family Delivers Industry’s Most Advanced Technology for In-Memory Analytics to Accelerate Major Business Transformations [press release, Feb 18, 2014]


  • Introduces new Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family designed for mission critical computing, featuring the industry’s largest memory support1 to enable large data sets to be analyzed rapidly and deliver real-time insights based on a vast amount of diverse data.
  • Delivers up to 80 percent more performance and up to 80 percent lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than alternative RISC architectures2.
  • The new processor family achieves twice the average performance and has four times the I/O bandwidth of the previous generation3.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 18, 2014 – To help companies in a variety of industries from retail and healthcare to banking and transportation turn data into actionable insights, Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family.

Using analytics enables businesses to make decisions that improve top-line and bottom-line results. The Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family delivers new capabilities to process and analyze large, diverse amounts of data to unlock information that was previously inaccessible.

“Organizations that leverage data to accelerate business insights will have a tremendous edge in this economy,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group. “The advanced performance, memory capacity and reliability of the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family enable IT organizations to deliver real-time analysis of large data sets to spot and capitalize on trends, create new services and deliver business efficiency.”

Big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are providing enormous opportunities for many organizations to grow as they create revenue-generating services from the information they are able to derive. The big data technology and services market is expected to grow 27 percent annually through 2017 to reach $32.4 billion4. A leading driver of this growth is the immense amount of data coming from connected devices making up the IoT, which is projected to grow to 30 billion devices by 20205. Investments in the highest performing technologies and analysis solutions can also deliver significant cost savings. For example, Intel’s IT organization expects to achieve cost savings and increased bottom-line revenue of nearly half a billion dollars through use of analytics solutions by 2016.

New Big Data Processing and Analytics Capabilities with Relentless Reliability
The Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family has triple the memory capacity of the previous generation processor family, allowing much faster and thorough data analysis. In-memory analytics places and analyzes an entire data set – such as an organization’s entire customer database – in the system memory rather than on traditional disk drives. This method is gaining in popularity due to the increased need for more complex analytics. Industry analyst firm Gartner expects 35 percent6 of mid- to large-sized companies will adopt in-memory analytics by 2015, up from 10 percent in 2012 and predicts at least 50 percent of Global 2000 companies will use in-memory computing to deliver significant additional benefits from investments in enterprise resource planning (ERP).

eBay, one of the world’s largest and most complex online marketplaces, handles massive data sets of more than 50 petabytes (PB) for more than 100 million users. Based on initial testing of the new Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 and SAP’s HANA* in-memory analytics software, eBay has seen greater performance7 and understanding of larger data sets that will help drive additional revenue opportunities for its customers.

Built for up to 32-socket8 servers, with configurations supporting up to 15 processing cores and up to 1.5 terabytes (TB) of memory per socket, the new processor family achieves twice the average performance of the previous generation3. These enhancements help businesses that run mission critical applications including business support systems (BSS), customer relationship management (CRM), and ERP to operate more efficiently, at lower cost and with faster response times2. For example, a sales team with these capabilities can maximize revenue by pinpointing the best time to sell a product, or let an oil and gas company better predict when its platforms require preventative maintenance.

To reduce data bottlenecks, the Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 family features Intel® Integrated I/O, Intel® Data Direct I/O and support for PCIe 3.0*, achieving up to four times the I/O bandwidth over the previous generation9 and providing extra capacity for storage and networking connections.

System uptime and reliability also remains a key requirement for mission critical applications. The Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 family continues Intel’s tradition of delivering world-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS). Intel® Run Sure Technology10 is designed for “five nines” solutions essential for business-critical data by reducing the frequency and cost of planned and unplanned downtime.

Extensive Industry Support
Starting today, 21 system manufacturers from around the world will announce more than 40 Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family-based platforms. These manufacturers include Asus*, Bull*, Cisco*, Dell*, EMC*, Fujitsu*, Hitachi*, HP*, Huawei*, IBM*, Inspur*, Lenovo*, NEC*, Oracle*, PowerLeader*, Quanta*, SGI*, Sugon*, Supermicro*, Unisys* and ZTE*. Numerous analytics software vendors also support Xeon processor E7 v2 family-based platforms, including Altibase*, IBM*, Microsoft*, Oracle*, Pivotal*, QlikView*, Red Hat*, SAP*, SAS*, Software AG*, Splunk*, Sungard*, Teradata*, TongTech*, Vertica* and YonYou*.

Source: Transforming Business with Advanced Analytics: Diane Bryant – Intel [Intel’s launch presentation, Feb 18, 2014]

The Microsoft software platforms especially well suited for it:
Satya Nadella’s (?the next Microsoft CEO?) next ten years’ vision of “digitizing everything”, Microsoft opportunities and challenges seen by him with that, and the case of Big Data [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, Dec 13, 2013]
– From IBM x3850 X6 Breaks World Records in Performance Benchmarks [IBM System x Blog, Feb 18, 2014]

IBM System x3850 X6 achieves world-record performance on TPC-E benchmark

IBM® has published the best performance result ever on the TPC-E benchmark.  This new result showcases the ability of IBM x3850 X6 to deliver industry-leading OLTP performance results.

The IBM System x3850 X6 server achieved 5,576.27 tpsETM (transactions per second E) at $188.69 USD / tpsE. This is at least 73% faster than the results published on previous-generation 4-processor systems, and in fact is faster than all the results published on 8-processor systems.

The TPC-E benchmark is designed to enable clients to more objectively measure and compare the performance and price of various OLTP systems.  The TPC-E benchmark uses a database to model a brokerage firm with customers who generate transactions related to trades, account inquiries, and market research. The brokerage firm in turn interacts with financial markets to execute orders on behalf of the customers and updates relevant account information.

The x3850 X6 achieved this record level of OLTP performance using Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition and Microsoft Windows Server® 2012 Standard Edition. The x3850 X6 was configured with four Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 processors at 2.80GHz with 37.5MB shared L3 cache per processor (4 processors/60 cores/120 threads) and 2 TB of memory.

Results referenced are current as of February 18, 2014. For the latest TPC-E benchmark results, visit: http://www.tpc.org/tpce/

The London Stock Exchange finds lower latency & avoids risk with IBM & Intel [channelintel YouTube channel, Feb 18, 2014]

How does the London Stock Exchange process thousands of transactions at near real time and stay reliable to avoid risk? Findout how as they and IBM explore the benefits of the enw IBM X6 platform powered by the Intel Xeon E7 V2 Processor. Learn more: http://intel.ly/1bMR8Hg

“We are very excited about the E7,” said Moiz Kohari, the vice president at the London Stock Exchange. “The access times matter heavily to us. We run multiple stock exchanges and clearing and settlement services on the backend.”

Speaking at Intel’s press conference, Kohari said that the exchange’s computing needs have a lot of variety, with dense platforms, lots of memory needs, and high levels of availability. The exchange can’t tolerate “latency jitter,” or unreliable server uptime.

“We don’t look at a database or processor,” Kohari said. “We have to look at the whole system.”

HP Delivers Record-breaking Performance and Dramatic Efficiencies with HP ProLiant Servers [press release, Feb 18, 2014]

Offerings enable rapid business results with a reliable infrastructure for large-scale data analytics and business processing workloads

HP today announced the new HP ProLiant DL580 Generation 8 (Gen8) server and upcoming enhancements to the HP ProLiant DL560 and BL660c Gen8 servers for its scale-up x86 portfolio.

As part of the industry’s broadest scale-up portfolio, these servers deliver breakthrough performance for mission-critical, data-intensive workloads with advanced reliability and a return on investment as low as three months.(1)

The overwhelming volume of information driven by the growth in mobility, cloud and social media is changing the way organizations do business. Organizations must deliver more transactions in less time at a lower cost, while leveraging big data analytics to turn information into insight. As a result, IT must change and scale to address the need for extremely fast business application performance and drive better business decisions.

The new generation of HP ProLiant scale-up x86 platforms delivers the optimal combination of compute performance, efficiency and reliability for business processing and complex data analytics.

Unleashing the power of business data with HP ProLiant scale-up x86 solutions
The new HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 server, based on the Intel® Xeon® E7-8800/4800 v2 processor, offers the highest levels of performance and availability for demanding database workloads. Combined with unique HP ProLiant Gen8 innovations, the HP DL580 Gen8 server delivers:

  • Record-breaking performance, leveraging in-memory technology that accelerates business transactions up to 30 times faster.(2)
  • Efficiency improvements through infrastructure consolidation and intelligent management to provide a 45 percent reduction in total cost of ownership.(3)
  • Advanced system resiliency using HP Advanced Error Recovery for proactive fault isolation and HP Memory Quarantine for up to 30 percent greater memory and processor reliability.(4)

“With the increased performance and higher memory capacity of HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 servers, we can provide our customers with cutting-edge solutions to dissolve big data bottlenecks,” Christopher O’Malley, chief executive officer, Velocidata. “This technology reduces capital and operational costs, allowing us to continue building the world’s fastest data transformation, data quality and data simplification appliance-based solutions.”

My inserts here:  Velocidata Brings In-Memory (HP & Intel) [channelintel YouTube channel, Feb 18, 2014]

How did Velocidata help a customer go from 16 hours to process to 1 minute? Findout as they breakdown the value of in-menmory analytics powered by HP & the new Intel Xeon E7 V2 Processor. Learn more: http://intel.ly/1bMR8Hg

Critical Success Factors for Big Data and Traditional BI [Veloci Data YouTube channel, Dec 11, 2013]

Interview with VelociData founder, Ron Indeck on ‘The Briefing Room’ with Robin Bloor.

End of my inserts

HP also is announcing upcoming enhancements to the HP ProLiant DL560 and BL660c Gen8 versatile rack and blade optimized servers that offer best-in-class performance density for demanding application environments and data-intensive workloads. HP will be updating these platforms in the coming weeks with new performance and scalability features that will further extend their capabilities.

Extending the HP ProLiant scale-up x86 portfolio
The HP ProLiant DL580, DL560 and BL660c Gen8 servers leverage unique HP ProLiant Gen8 innovations, including a range of embedded automation and intelligent management features for integrated life cycle automation, dynamic workload acceleration and automated energy optimization. Powered by the HP ProActive Insight architecture, HP ProLiant Gen8 servers continuously analyze thousands of system parameters to enhance application performance and proactively improve uptime.

HP ProLiant Gen8 servers take advantage of HP’s Serviceguard for Linux, a high-availability clustering software, offering an industry-leading failover time that could be as low as four seconds.(5) These servers also feature HP Proactive Care, a flexible, comprehensive and cost-effective service that improves the availability and stability of industry-standard, converged, virtualized environments.

Today’s news, along with future DragonHawk and NonStop on x86 solutions, demonstrate HP’s commitment to provide customers with unparalleled choice to confidently support their critical applications.

“Organizations demand extremely fast business application performance in order to keep up with today’s hyper connected world,” said Ric Lewis, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Server Business, HP. “Two years ago, HP announced Project Odyssey to meet these challenges and redefine the future of mission-critical computing with a development roadmap that makes mission-critical on x86 a reality while furthering the company’s investment in established mission-critical solutions. Today’s announcement continues to build on this promise of dramatic performance improvements at substantial efficiencies.”

“The rapid growth of big data and analytics driven by the mobile, cloud and social megatrends is creating new opportunities for a mission critical compute infrastructure that can satisfy the stringent application performance requirements in a highly reliable, secure and efficient manner,” said Matt Eastwood, group vice president and general manager, Enterprise Platform Group, IDC. “The ideal platform would be one designed expressly for business applications and decision support workloads to address these needs.”

Pricing and availability

  • The HP ProLiant DL580 Gen 8 is available for order worldwide starting at $13,079.(6)
  • Enhancements to the HP ProLiant DL560 and BL660c Gen8 servers are planned for next month.
HP’s premier Americas client event, HP Discover, takes place June 10-12 in Las Vegas.
(1) Based on internal HP testing and calculations on HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 servers compared to HP ProLiant DL380 G5 and G6 servers. ROI on the HP DL560 in 2.9 months, up to 85 percent reduction in monthly operating expenses and overall three-year TCO savings of 77 percent. ROI, operational costs and TCO may vary due to country-specific costs.

(2) Testing conducted by Bwin.party Digital Entertainment running Bwin application. Performance increased to 450,000 requests per second with HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 using Microsoft SQL Server 2014 with in-memory technology vs. the previous maximum of 15,000 with Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

(3) Based on HP internal testing and calculations comparing 20 HP ProLiant DL580 G7 servers to 11 HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 servers. ROI, operational costs and TCO may vary due to country-specific costs.
(4) HP internal reliability simulations results using HP Advanced Error Recovery and HP Memory Quarantine. Compared to other server platforms based on Intel Xeon E5 architecture. January 2014.
(5) Based on HP internal testing of failover recovery of a packet or application on a local area network using HP ProLiant DL380 G7 server (2 Intel Xeon processors, 4 computing cores each) with Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 5.7 running HP Serviceguard 11.20.00. Configuration excludes cluster reformation time.
(6) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.

The Open software platforms (so not the Moonshot HW) especially well suited for it:
Disaggregation in the next-generation datacenter and HP’s Moonshot approach for the upcoming HP CloudSystem “private cloud in-a-box” with the promised HP Cloud OS based on the 4 years old OpenStack effort with others [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, Dec 10, 2013]
– <more announcements to come here>

The Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 Family Maximizes Server Uptime [channelintel YouTube channel, Jan 14, 2014]

Animation: the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family delivers the leadership performance, world-class reliability and uptime, and scalability to handle virtually any workload.

After being taken off, the same video appeared as Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 Family Overview Animation [channelintel YouTube channel, Feb 18, 2014]

The Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family delivers the leadership performance, world-class reliability and uptime, and scalability to handle virtually any workload. Maximize Server Uptime

As of Sept 3, 2016 this video is available only on Intel in Deutschland YouTube channel:

From: Intel® Public Roadmap: Desktop, Mobile & Datacenter – Expiration Q1 2014 [Intel, 2H 2013]


Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 Family — In-Memory Technology [channelintel YouTube channel, Jan 14, 2014]

New animation highlights Increasing your competitive advantage through improved business intelligence and analytics with the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family.

After the above video had been taken off, on Feb 18, 2014 came this infographic:


As of Sept 3, 2016 the original video is available only on Intel in Deutschland YouTube channel:

Predictive Analytics & Real-time Processing with the Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 [channelintel YouTube channel, Feb 18, 2014]

How can a possible 130x performance increase save up to $200K? Intel’s Ryan Rodman demonstrates the new 4-socket Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 ability to process 4TB of data from thousands sensors providing real time avoiding costly downtime. Learn more:http://intel.ly/1eZ9K5O

Transforming Business with Advanced Analytics – The Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 [channelintel YouTube channel, Feb 18, 2014]

How can real time analytics lead to business insight that can drive your business – faster? Find out how with the latest presentation on the new Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 Family.

Intel Xeon E7 SKUs to launch in Q1 2014 [CPU World, Oct 21, 2013]

Earlier this month we published some details on Intel Xeon E7 microprocessors, coming in Q1 2014. The processors for 2-way, 4-way and 8-way systems will be branded as Xeon E7-2800 v2, E7-4800 v2 and E7-8800 v2, and will be built on Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. Besides new architecture, the CPU will feature up to 15 cores, up to 37.5 MB of last level cache, and support for larger amounts of physical memory. They will also add DMI 2.0 and PCI-Express 3.0 interfaces. All in all, Intel is going to release 19 standard-power and frequency optimized E7 SKUs, along with two low-power Xeon E7 processors.

Upcoming basic SKU is Xeon E7-4809 v2, and it will replace Xeon E7-2803 and E7-4807. New standard models are E7-2850 v2, E7-4820 v2, E7-4830 v2, E7-4850 v2 and E7-8850 v2, and they will take place of Xeon E7-x820, E7-x830 and E7-x840. Advanced Xeon E7-x850, E7-x860 and E7-x870 microprocessors will be succeeded by E7-2870 v2, E7-2880 v2, E7-2890 v2, E7-4860 v2, E7-4870 v2, E7-4880 v2, E7-4890 v2, E7-8870 v2, E7-8880 v2 and E7-8890 v2. Additionally, Intel is going to introduce 4 segment optimized versions, Xeon E7-8857 v2, E7-8880L v2, E7-8891 v2 and E7-8893 v2. There will be also low power Xeon E7-8888L v2 CPU for ultra dense servers. Unfortunately, we do not have specifications of these processors yet.

The CPUs will be released in Q1 2014, and will work with C602J chipset, coupled with C102/C104 SMBs (Scalable Memory Buffers).


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