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Intel Shows Off 8-Core, 128 Thread Nehalem-EX

Intel yesterday previewed the next big, bad Xeon chip based on the latest 45nm high-k metal gate technology process, codenamed Nahelem-EX.

The Nehalem-EX chip features up to eight cores inside a single chip, and thanks to HyperThreading will support 16 threads. I’ll also pack an impressive 24 MB of cache.

Intel boasts that the “performance increase will be dramatic, posting the highest-ever jump from a previous generation processor,” with “up to nine times the memory bandwidth of the previous-generation Intel Xeon 7400 platform.”

The upcoming chip will also inherit reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features traditionally found in the Itanium processor family, such as Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Recovery.

Those looking to build serious servers out of the Nehalem-EX will be able to build systems that scale up to eight-sockets that are capable of processing 128 threads simultaneously.

Each CPU socket will also support 16 memory slots, doubling what was possible in the previous generation, and offer four high-bandwidth QuickPath Interconnect links.

Intel and IBM have provided a short introduction video showing off (very briefly) a server system running the aforementioned eight-socket, 128 thread setup.

Nehalem-EX is scheduled for production in the second half of 2009.

  • is it running at 100% all the time of the video? on the threads side i don't see the utilization of the CPU, while it shows 100% on the left side.
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  • hop
    This is just sick.
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  • mlcloud
    Can it bruteforce =D?
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  • I could understand if the 8 core has 2HT for each core; that would make 16 threads simultaneously; but 128threads is rather... unbelievable...
    128threads are probably not for the average small business anymore
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  • eddieroolz
    But can it....

    run CRYSIS? :D

    Someone had to say it.
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  • jacobdrj
    Fractals anyone?
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  • Article seems a bit misleading -- isn't the new chip 8-core/16-thread, which in a 8-socket system would provide a 64-core/128-thread environment?
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  • dman3k
    One quantum processor can make 3000 times more calculations in a single second than this load of crap! Too bad, no one is making quantum computers more affordable.
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  • theafricandude
    The dude keeps on pausing but who cares when he brings us somin this HARDCORE
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  • dman3kOne quantum processor can make 3000 times more calculations in a single second than this load of crap! Too bad, no one is making quantum computers more affordable. They are not even in production yet as far as I am aware, still trying to get them to work so far!
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