Intel details 10-core Westmere-EX server silicon
"Hot Chips Intel has confirmed that its upcoming Westmere-EX server processor will be a 10-core, server-enhanced, single-die beastie.
No surprise. Back in June, when the program for this week’s Hot Chips conference was published, it listed a session in which Intel would discuss "A 20 Thread Server CPU". It was a no-brainer to deduce the Westmere-EX’s core count from that bit of info, seeing as how Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology is a two-threads-per-core scheme.
And that’s exactly what Intel announced on Tuesday at the conference, held on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Also unsurprising was that Intel engineer Dheemanth Nagaraj, the lead microarchitect for the Westmere-EX and its presenter at Hot Chips, neither revealed any details about the processor’s eventual clock speeds nor made any definitive predictions of its performance.
What was news, however, were some of the server-specific enhancements revealed Tuesday, including capabilities intended to improve performance and reliability, upgrade security, and aid virtualization."
?Full Story: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/25/westmere_ex/