The Intel Xeon 'Nehalem-EX' 8-Core Processor
The Nehalam-Ex chip is the most recent release of the Intel processors. it is also part of the Xeon 7500 series line, and it will make one of the largest performance leaps in CPU operations. With it there will be an average three-fold jump in performance.
According to Intel, the 7500 series chips and chipsets can scale from 2 to 256 chips per server. These chips are intended to work on servers devoted to high performance operations.
- 64 bit technology
It has 8 cores per processor with 16 threads per processor
It has Intel Hyper-threading
- 24MB of shared cache
- Integrated memory controllers
The threading performance takes an instruction set and breaks it down into component threads where each is processed separately and recombined. The more threads, the quicker the results will be available from the execution of the instruction set.
This chip is already in production. The computer and technology manufacturers that will be implementing the chip are Cisco, Cray, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NEC, Oracle, SGI, Supermicro, Bull, and Quanta.