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Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3 Server Family Processor Overview

By: William Harmon | Editorials in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 8, 2014 12:30 pm

Intel's Communications Platform offers new capabilities that include Open Source QuickAssist Enabling, and software packet processing optimizations.

 

The new platform improvements will effect infrastructure such as routers, gateways, and security appliances. Other areas are cloud computing, storage, networking, web, mail, secure search, VPN, and firewalls.

 

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This SKU line offers extended product availability for embedded, communications, and storage applications with 7 years' availability, and 10 years' reliability.

 

The Communication SKU line-up offers low-power use and high reliability. Optimized thermal profiles are ideal for NEBS Level three ambient operating temperatures. Applications with thermal constraints such as blade servers are ideal for these SKU's. Compliance with AdvancedTCA form factor specifications (PICMG 3.0) is also offered.

 

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In the chart above, we can see that misbehaving applications can affect the performance of other applications. Cache monitoring can detect this, enable separation of applications and misbehaving threads, isolate them, and increase determinism.

 

Cache partitioning enables separation of applications to their own partition of cache to keep cache from being scattered by a misbehaving application/thread.

 

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This chart shows how an aggressor VM can start to degrade performance until cache monitoring detects this, partitions the cache, and restores packet performance.

 

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Intel Data Direct I/O Enhancements to the Communication SKU line enables PCIe devices to target the processor's last level cache as a primary destination. Previous E5 v2 only supported two last levels, while E5 v3 supports 12 last levels.

 

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The Intel QuickAssist Adapter 8950 provides crypto-acceleration, and compression acceleration.

 

Benefits of QuickAssist Adapters include provided hardware acceleration services for cryptographic and compression performance, and functions provided for Public key, cryptography, and random number generation. The Intel QuickAssist Adapter 8950 comes in a standard and low profile PCIe expansion card, without the need for propriety form factor solutions.

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