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Increasing EDA Throughput with Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series

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Increasing EDA Throughput with Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series

Intel’s silicon design engineers need significant increases in computing capacity to deliver each new generation of silicon chips. To meet those requirements, Intel IT conducts ongoing performance tests, using the latest Intel silicon design data, to analyze the benefits of introducing compute servers based on new, more powerful processors into our electronic design automation (EDA) computing environment. We recently tested a dual-socket server based on the latest Intel® Xeon® processor X5670, running single-threaded, multi-threaded, and distributed EDA applications operating on more than 50 Intel silicon design workloads. By utilizing all available cores, the server completed workloads up to 17.3x faster than a server based on a 64-bit Intel® Xeon® processor (3.6 GHz) with a single core, as shown in Figure 1. The server was up to 5.5x faster than a server based on Intel® Xeon® processor 5160 with two cores.

Based on our performance assessment, we plan to deploy servers based on Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series this year, completing our replacement of older servers based on single-core Intel® Xeon® processors and beginning replacement of dual-core Intel® Xeon® processor 5100 series. By doing so, we expect to significantly increase EDA throughput while realizing savings due to avoidance of data center construction and reduced power consumption.

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