Intel Launches New-Generation Xeon E7 v2 Processor for High-End Enterprise Servers

Intel Releases Xeon E7 v2 “Ivy Town” Processors with Up to Fifteen Cores

by Anton Shilov
02/19/2014 | 11:54 PM

Intel Corp. has introduced its all-new Xeon E7 v2 family of central processing units aimed at enterprise-class high-end servers. The new chips boast with up to fifteen cores, dramatically improved memory performance as well as a host of reliability, availability, serviceability (RAS) features. The Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family delivers new capabilities to process and analyze large, diverse amounts of data to unlock information that was previously inaccessible.


"Organizations that leverage data to accelerate business insights will have a tremendous edge in this economy. The advanced performance, memory capacity and reliability of the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family enable IT organizations to deliver real-time analysis of large data sets to spot and capitalize on trends, create new services and deliver business efficiency," said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's data center group.

The new generation enterprise Xeon E7 v2 processor code-named “Ivy Town” for high-end machines has 15 dual-threaded 64-bit Ivy-Bridge cores and 37.5MB shared L3 cache. The system interface includes two on-chip DDR3 memory controllers each with two memory channels (which support 800MT/s – 1867MT/s effective frequencies for traditional DDR3 modules as well as up to 2667MT/s speeds to connect to a memory extension buffer using voltage-mode single-ended (VMSE) interface) and supports multiple system topologies. The Ivy Town processor’s high-speed serial I/O’s includes 40 lanes of PCI Express (2.5/5.0/8.0Gbps), four lanes of direct media interface (DMI) (2.5/5.0Gbps), and 60 lanes of QPI (6.4/7.2/8.0Gbps) interface to connect with other central processing units (CPUs).

The Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family has triple the memory capacity of the previous generation processor family, allowing much faster and thorough data analysis. In-memory analytics places and analyzes an entire data set – such as an organization's entire customer database – in the system memory rather than on traditional disk drives. This method is gaining in popularity due to the increased need for more complex analytics.

Built for up to 32-socket servers, with configurations supporting up to 15 processing cores and up to 1.5 terabytes (TB) of memory per socket, the new processor family achieves twice the average performance of the previous generation. These enhancements help businesses that run mission critical applications including business support systems (BSS), customer relationship management (CRM), and ERP to operate more efficiently, at lower cost and with faster response times.

The Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 family also features world-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS). Intel Run Sure technology is designed for "five nines" (99.999% uptime) solutions essential for business-critical data by reducing the frequency and cost of planned and unplanned downtime.

Starting immediately, 21 system manufacturers from around the world will announce more than 40 Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family-based platforms. These manufacturers include Asus, Bull, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, Lenovo, NEC, Oracle, PowerLeader, Quanta, SGI, Sugon, Supermicro, Unisys and ZTE. Numerous analytics software vendors also support Xeon processor E7 v2 family-based platforms, including Altibase, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Pivotal, QlikView, Red Hat, SAP, SAS, Software AG, Splunk, Sungard, Teradata, TongTech, Vertica and YonYou.

Intel Xeon E7 v2 series currently includes 20 microprocessors with 6, 8, 10, 12 or 15 cores. Over time, there will be other chips based on the same “Ivy Town” design and featuring similar RAS, memory and security capabilities with decreased power consumption.

The processor includes 4.31 billion transistors and is produced using 22nm process technology. The design supports a wide array of product offerings with thermal design power ranging from 40 to 150W and frequencies ranging from 1.4 to 3.8GHz.