Get to know Intel's new family of processors

Episode 5

In this episode of Real Tech with WEI, Chief Architect, Dave Fafel, provides an overview of what you need to know about the new family of Intel scalable processors—the new features, new specs, and the new levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) each with different performance characteristics per CPU. These new processors come with:

  • Increased core counts
  • New memory features
  • 2x performance increase in general data center use
  • 4x performance increase in virtualized environments

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Chris Lessard:

Welcome to Real Tech with WEI. I'm Chris Lessard, Director of Business Development. And today, we have Dave Fafel our Chief Architect, and today's topic, Intel's new scalable family processor.


So, Dave, Intel's released a new family of processors with a lot of great features. Talk about some of those.

Dave Fafel:

Sure, Intel has released the Intel scalable family of processors. This family of processors comes with increased core counts, increased frequencies on the high-end CPUs, new memory features. And Intel is advertising a almost 2X performance increase for general data center use, even a 4X performance gain in virtualized environments. So, there's a lot of new features that come along with these professors and a lot of reasons to take a close look at them.

Chris Lessard:

So Dave, a lot of new specs in this architecture release, can you talk about some of those in detail?

Dave Fafel:

Yeah, absolutely. So, this family of processors comes with an increased core count, up to 28 cores on the higher-end CPUs, up to 3.7 GHz of processor frequency, and new memory architecture for improved performance. The previous generation of Intel CPUs offered a four channel memory controller and the new Intel scalable processors offer a six memory channel controller, which means that we can have up to 12 [D-IMs 00:01:24] per CPU. And when we can configure memory now we want to configure that according to the number of channels that we have.


So, in the past we would configure memory in multiples of four. So, 4, 8, 16, 32, et cetera. And that has been a very common way to configure memory in a system. What we want to do now is to change that a little bit. So, when we configure in multiples of six our overall capacity changes a bit. 48, 96, 192 gig are going to be the optimum performing configurations for servers moving forward due to the new architecture.

Chris Lessard:

Intel's really stepped it up. What are some of the things that customers need to know moving forward?

Dave Fafel:

Well, there's a few things. One, the naming nomenclature and model numbers have changed on this family of processors. The processor family now is in different levels, such as bronze, silver, gold and platinum, and each of those levels offer different performance characteristics per CPU. So, we want to understand where customers are, and what CPU they're using today, and where we can transition them to? It's not necessarily a direct transition, so if you're using a hex core CPU today you're not necessarily going to move to a hex core CPU tomorrow.


Because the performance increase on these CPUs is pretty dramatic what we want to be able to understand is what are the characteristics of your application environment today, and can we help you to get the same or better performance at a lower cost by finding the right CPU for your environment? So, we want to understand where in that class of CPUs you want to fall. So, gone are the V3, V4, the version designates for the previous generation. And now we're using model numbers, 3100, 4100, and 6100, I think 8100. And really in that family, that one in the 4100 is actually their new generational designate. So, the next release of processors will be the 4200, for instance, so that way we'll know what generation in that tick-tock cycle they're in.


Another thing to consider is that the higher-end CPUs in the family offer additional features, such as increased memory performance, higher core count, and so forth. So, we want understand that if you're looking for all of the higher-end features that we're picking the right processor.


And lastly, we want to make sure that, again, our memory configurations are optimized for performance because of the new memory architecture it's very important to not configure the memory on these systems the way that we always have. To configure them properly, and deliver optimum performance requires some understanding of how the architecture works, and that's what we deliver.

Chris Lessard:

Well, that wraps it up. Thank you for joining us on Real Tech with WEI.

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