Based on Intel® Core™ microarchitecture (formerly codenamed Ivy Bridge) and manufactured on 22-nanometer process technology, these processors provide significant performance and power-efficiency improvement over the previous-generation Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family. This is the first Intel® Xeon® processor family with extended lifecycle support to offer 12-core/single-socket and 24-core/dual-socket configurations, resulting in Performance Boosts of up to 50 percent1 thanks to additional cores, larger cache and increased memory bandwidth and Increased Energy Efficiency of up to 45 percent2
A more in depth discussion of the key features, and the architecture of the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v2 product family is here
Key supported features you should be aware of, as a Software Developer:
- Intel® Secure Key provides high quality, high performance entropy and random number generation, allowing you to develop software that is more secure. Read More about the technology and how to make use of it. Click here for an example of how it was adopted by Gazzang zNcrypt™.
- Intel® OS Guard helps prevent Escalation of Privilege attacks and is enabled at the VMM and Operating System levels. It protects the operating system (OS) from applications that have been tampered with or hacked by preventing an attack from being executed from application memory. Intel OS Guard also protects the OS from malware by blocking application access to critical OS vectors. Please contact your OS or VMM providers to find out when support will be integrated into their releases.
- Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions Float 16 Format Conversion Instructions (AVX Float16) introduces half-precision (16-bit) floating point format, often used in graphics and imaging applications, and provides 2x more compact data representation than single precision format, resulting in a reduction in application data size and memory bandwidth needs. The instructions supporting conversion between half and single precision floating-point data are VCVTPS2PH and VCVTPH2PS. Support for these instructions exists in the Intel® Composer XE 2012 compiler (or later), Microsoft* Visual Studio 2012 or later, and gcc 4.6 or later. More on the instructions, and applicable uses, can be found here.
- Interrupt/APIC Virtualization decreases the overhead in the handling of instruction interrupts in the core, and eliminates the need for virtual machines to wait for thousands of instruction cycles per exit; this results in performance benefits on many I/O operations. Contact your VMM provider to find out when they will include support for this feature. Here is a study we've done on how it performs
Learn More about the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v2 product familyhere.
1 Baseline Configuration and Score on SPECVirt_sc2013* benchmark: Platform with two Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2690, 256GB memory, RHEL 6.4(KVM). Baseline source as of July 2013. Score: 624.9 @ 37 VMs. New Configuration: IBM System x3650 M4* platform with two Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2697 v2, 512GB memory, RHEL 6.4(KVM). Source as of Sept. 2013. Score: 947.9 @ 57 VMs.
2 Baseline Configuration and Score on SPECpower_ssj2008* benchmark: Platform with two Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2660, 16GB memory, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64 Edition. Baseline source as of November 2012. Score: 5,544 overall ssj_ops/watt. New Configuration: Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX300 S8* platform with two Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2660 v2, 48GB, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition. Source: Submitted to SPEC for review/publication as of Sept. 10, 2013. Score: 8,097 overall ssj_ops/watt.
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