Intel Unveils its Fastest Chip Yet, the Xeon Phi 7290 with 72 CPU Cores, Priced at $6294
Intel has unveiled a new Xeon Phi 7290 processor which is their fastest as well as the most expensive chip released to date. The company will launch this new processor in September at a whopping price tag of $6294.
Intel Xeon Phi 7290 features 72 processing cores, each clocked at 1.5GHz. The next-gen chip supports 16GB of HBM1 memory, with a total of 7.2GT/s of bandwidth, and 490GB/s of bandwidth for applications that are not memory bound. The dual-port Intel Omni-Path Fabric is also on board which helps reduce power usage and space required.
The Xeon Phi 7290 is one of the four new processors that are packaged similar to graphics cards, and can function as primary processors or co-processors. The chips have been designed to run scientific applications in supercomputers, and can also be used in data centers for machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Here are some of the features of the new Intel Xeon Phi family, as per Intel’s press kit:
Connectivity: Intel Xeon Phi processors now offer the ability to deploy Intel’s next generation fabric architecture, Intel Omni-Path, as a standard, integrated option. The combination provides the foundation for powerful and efficient data traffic control by using an advanced “on-load” design that cost-effectively maximizes performance.
Intel Omni-Path architecture: It automatically scales to tens of thousands of nodes with extremely low power consumption, making the solution ideal for increasingly demanding HPC and analytics workloads.
Storage: Intel Solutions for Lustre software is a parallel filesystem purpose-built for HPC to provide fast, “massively scalable storage software” for accelerating performance on complex workloads.
Memory: MCDRAM is the integrated memory on Intel Xeon Phi processors, providing up to 5x the bandwidth of DDR4 to deliver breakthrough performance for memory-bound workloads.
Software: Intel HPC Orchestrator simplifies the complexity of installation, configuration and ongoing maintenance of implementing an HPC software stack.
As for specs of the other processors in the family, the Xeon Phi 7250 is the second in line and features 68 CPU cores clocked at 1.4GHz, the same 16GB HBM1 with 7.2GT/s bandwidth, and 384GB of RAM support at 2400MHz.
The other two processors, the Xeon Phi 7230 and the Xeon Phi 7210 have both 64 cores at 1.3GHz each, but the latter comes with bandwidth knocked down to 6.4GT/s, and 384GB of RAM support at only 2133MHz. All four Xeon Phi processors require 245W + 15W fabric power consumption.