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Editor's Pick: New Intel Xeon Chip Uncloaked for Data Centers

Wired

Intel® Xeon® Chips Uncloaked for the Data Center Set

Intel Uncloaks New Xeon Chips for the Data Center Set

This editor’s pick is a news report from Wired describing the launch of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family at a press event in San Francisco. The new chip is significantly faster than Intel’s previous processors and has more processor cores (eight in total). The chip can be purchased in servers from companies such as HP and Dell, but Intel has been testing out early samples of the chip in computers around the world for months now. Diane Bryant, the general manager of Intel’s Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, said the E5 processors were already inside 10 of the high-performance systems listed on the Top 500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. BMW’s Mario Müller, vice president of IT Infrastructure, talked about the networking and encryption capabilities in the new processor. He said that building I/O directly into the chip increased performance and that accelerated encryption delivered by Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) would help car systems that need to access a secure BMW cloud.

Read the article by Robert McMillan from March 6, 2012 >