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Intel Xeon AP goes 48 cores

With AMD having shown the Threadripper 32core
monster Intel has now released information about
it’s next-generation Advanced Performance server
CPUs. Designed for dual-socket motherboards…

the new cpu will boost up to a 96core system offering access to 192 threads and 24 DDR4 RAM banks. With 32GB modules the server might have access to a total of 768GB RAM.

Yet it is not known how the channels are compined performance-wise (dual-channel, Tri-Channel or Quad

Intel also released that new sockets for the CPUs will be released: LGA3647, LGA4189 and even a BGA5903. The BGA will be a directly soldered CPU meaning that 5903(!) tiny solder balls will be heated until liquid (or applied by a solder unit) with the CPU attached to it. BGA is a common technique for highliy integrated circuit boards yet the problem might be that every one of these solder balls might fail and then the complete CPU would fail as well. So LGA is the preferred technique for server admins planning to change CPUs if they fail as with the directly soldered CPUs a change of the complete motherboard is necessary.

So while Intel is going dual-CPU-dual-die to achieve a 96core server system, AMDs plans are to improve the 7nm process for CPU processing and allow AMD also to release 48core and even 64core proccessors. With threading, they also come to 96 and 128 thereads accordingly.On one CPU, that is! So if AMD will be successful in improving the 7nm process, we might soon spot 128core / 256thread server systems based on a dual-CPU design. Jeez! Imagine such a high-performance beast at home. A server that offers process power never imagined before. It could crunch down high-CPU-load-demanding applications in no time. Although there’s one thing to keep in mind: Most applications for Windows are still not designed for handling more than 16 threads. Cinebench for example is the only known benchmark to make use of all cores where possible. Other applications, such as 7Zip are just capable of using 16 threads at a time. Most applications even limit the usage to 8 threads! But with the upcoming of new CPUs containing a whole bunch of threads, this might change soon as well.

Little is known on how linux binaries would deal with this many cores. But i guess a good-maintained RedHat Linux server with the newest distributions of binaries might handle such beasts quite well and outperform Windows servers in every aspect.

November 5, 2018 Netspark - 1594 posts - Member since: May 9th, 2011 No Comments »

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