Intel’s Xeon E7 “Ivy Bridge-EX” lineup will launch this year and deliver unprecedented amount of performance for high performance computing (HPC) needs. Intel is working on their flagship Xeon E7-8890 V2 chip that is codenamed “Ivytown”.
This chip from Intel will boast 15 cores, bringing it one step closer to AMD Opteron 6300 Series which has 16 cores on its top model. The chip will have 4.31 billion transistors and a die size of 541mm2 with a modular architecture that splits the cores into blocks of three, each block has 5 cores with their own L3 cache, embedded ring bus and I/O. The chip will have 37.5 MB of L3 cache and a TDP of 155W.
Now according to rumors the flagship part could cost well over $5000! This architecture can support 8 sockets so 8 of these chips running together could amount to 120 cores, 240 threads and 300 MB cache shared via QPI v1.1.
Here is a rundown of Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge-EX lineup.
And a block diagram.