Intel Launches Xeon E5-2699A V4 22 Core Processor – Skylake-EP Xeon CPUs Arriving in 2017

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Nov 16, 2016
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At SC16, Intel presented details for their fastest Xeon processor and next-generation Skylake-EP platform. The latest processor packs a big punch and is dedicated to accelerating HPC tasks.

Intel Launches Xeon E5-2699A V4 Processor – 22 Core Broadwell-EP Chip Clocked at 2.40 GHz

The Broadwell-EP Xeon E5-2600 V4 family launched in early 2016 and featured an impressive lineup of SKUs. The flagship part was the Xeon E5-2699 V4, a 22 core processor featuring 44 threads. This chip was clocked at 2.20 GHz and packed 55 MB of L3 cache. The TDP for this part was set at 145W and price was set at $4115 US.

Intel’s Xeon family currently has a 92% market share in the Top500 list. This is virtually the entire market we are talking about. The latest Broadwell-EP processors have done a great job with their efficient designs to extend Intel’s dominance in the Datacenter and HPC market. Intel wants to further extend their lead by offering even faster variants of their Broadwell-EP range.

The new processor is known as E5-2699A V4. This chip has the exact same specifications as the 2699 V4 but comes with a 200 MHz clock boost. The chip ends up with a 2.40 GHz clock speed that results in a 4.8% LINPAC gain versus the Xeon E5-2699 V4 part. It’s an impressive increase however, the new processors comes with a whopping $4938 US price tag.

Intel Broadwell-EP Lineup:

SKU NameCores/ThreadsBase ClockL3 Cache (LLC)TDPPrice
Intel Xeon E5-2699A V422/442.4 GHz55 MB145W$4938 US
Intel Xeon E5-2699 V422/442.2 GHz55 MB145W$4115 US
Intel Xeon E5-2698 V420/402.2 GHz50 MB135W$3228 US
Intel Xeon E5-2697A V416/322.6 GHz40 MB145W$2891 US
Intel Xeon E5-2697 V418/362.3 GHz45 MB145W$2702 US
Intel Xeon E5-2695 V418/362.1 GHz45 MB120W$2424 US
Intel Xeon E5-2696 V422/442.1 GHz55 MB150W$2321 US
Intel Xeon E5-2690 V414/282.6 GHz35 MB135W$2090 US
Intel Xeon E5-2687W V412/243.0 GHz30 MB160W$2141 US
Intel Xeon E5-2683 V416/322.1 GHz40 MB120W$1846 US
Intel Xeon E5-2680 V414/282.4 GHz35 MB120W$1745 US
Intel Xeon E5-2667 V48/163.2 GHz35 MB135W$2057 US
Intel Xeon E5-2660 V414/282.0 GHz35 MB105W$1445 US
Intel Xeon E5-2650L V414/281.7 GHz35 MB65W$1329 US
Intel Xeon E5-2650 V412/242.2 GHz30 MB105W$1166 US
Intel Xeon E5-2643 V46/123.4 GHz10 MB135W$1552 US
Intel Xeon E5-2640 v410/202.4 GHz25 MB90W$939 US
Intel Xeon E5-2637 v44/83.5 GHz5 MB135W$996 US
Intel Xeon E5-2630 v410/202.2 GHz25 MB85W$667 US
Intel Xeon E5-2630L v410/201.8 GHz25 MB55W$612 US
Intel Xeon E5-2623 V44/82.6 GHz5 MB85W$444 US
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v48/162.1 GHz20 MB85W$417 US
Intel Xeon E5-2609 V48/81.7 GHz20 MB85W$306 US
Intel Xeon E5-2603 v46/61.7 GHz10 MB85W$213 US
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Intel SC16 Press Release:

Intel Xeon platforms are already powering virtually all HPC and machine learning workloads and to push that further, Intel is introducing its fastest two-socket processor, the Intel Xeon processor E5-2699A v4.

  • The Intel® Xeon processor E5-2699A v4 delivers industry-leading performance for demanding, data-intensive applications ideal for customers who need high performance from the world’s most-chosen data center processor family.
  • At Supercomputing 2016, Intel will publically demonstrate an HPC cluster featuring an early version of the next-generation Intel Xeon processor utilizing integrated Intel OPA and Intel Advanced Vector Extensions-512 (Intel® AVX-512), complemented by Intel Xeon Phi processors.
  • Intel AVX-512 processor instructions, launched June 2016 with the Intel Xeon Phi processor, accelerates compression and encryption algorithms. It provides hardware-enhanced data protection and fast time-to-insight, and can accelerate floating-point operations used in a wide range of HPC applications.

Upcoming Intel and AMD Server Platform Comparison:

 Intel Xeon E5-2600/4600 V5 (2S/4S)Intel Xeon E7-8800/4800 V5 (4S/8S)AMD Naples Platform (2P)
Family BrandingSkylake-EPSkylake-EXNaples (Opteron?)
Process Node14nm14nm14nm
PCHLewisburg PCHLewisburg PCHSOC
SocketSocket P (LGA 3647)Socket P (LGA 3647)TBD
Max Core Count262832
Max Thread Count525664
Max L3 Cache35.75 MB L338.5 MB L364 MB L3
DDR4 Memory Support6-Channel DDR46-Channel DDR44-Channel DDR4
TDP Range45-160W110-160W125-150W?

Intel Announces General Availability of Skylake-EP Xeon E5-2600 V5 Processors in Mid-2017

Intel also opened the lid to Skylake-EP details and announced their general availability in mid of 2017. This is around 7-8 months from now and we expect a launch around Computex 2017. Intel has made several HPC focused optimizations in Skylake-EP chips, some of which include Advanced Vector Instructions-512 to boost floating point calculations and encryption algorithms. Intel has also integrated Omni Part architecture in these chips for high speed network and interconnects.

Next-Gen Intel Skylake-EP/EX V5 Purley Platform Details

The Purley platform is a scalable and unified platform that would support 2S, 4S and 8S chips in the Skylake-EP and Skylake-EN lineup. It will feature the Storm Lake Gen 1 architecture. This is Intel’s next generation Omni-Path interconnect that will be featured on Purley while the Lewisburg PCH will be powering the entire platform. The new fabric can deliver up to 100 GB/s interconnect speed with 56% lower latency compared to the current generation Infini-band Inter connect, allowing up to 48 ports with the new Switch Chip architecture.

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The new platform also comes with an updated socket. The socket has been upgraded to feature 3647 pins that gives it the LGA 3647 name. The socket is surrounded by 12 DDR4 DIMM slots. This is due to support for next-generation hexa-channel memory and Intel’s Optane DIMMs for faster latency solutions. Overall, Purley will be expanding Intel’s server platform wit a range of new features.

Skylake Xeon V5 will be going up against AMD’s Zen based Naples platform next year. Intel has for long reigned dominant in the server market. However, AMD is confident that their chips will feature performance parity with their rivals after a very long time. You can learn more about AMD’s Naples platform here. Intel also announced launch of their next-gen Xeon Phi “Knights Mill” processor in 2017 which would be focused for AI learning.

Intel Skylake Xeon V5 ES SKUs Specs:

CPU CoresCPU ThreadsClock SpeedCacheTDP
28 cores56 threads1.8 GHz38.75 MB L3165W
28 cores56 threads1.5 GHz38.75 MB L3165W
24 cores48 threads1.8 GHz33.00 MB L3145W
20 cores40 threads1.8 GHz27.50 MB L3145W
16 cores32 threads2.4 GHz22.00 MB L3165W
16 cores32 threads1.8 GHz22.00 MB L3135W
16 cores32 threads1.5 GHz22.00 MB L3135W
14 cores28 threads1.8 GHz19.25 MB L3135W
12 cores24 threads1.X GHz16.50 MB L3105W
10 cores20 threads1.X GHz13.75 MB L373W
4 cores8 threads2.X GHz8.250 MB L3105W

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