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Accelerating Silicon Design with Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 Family

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Accelerating Silicon Design with Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 Family

Silicon design is one of the most critical business functions at Intel—and it requires significant computing resources. Larger and more compute-intensive design jobs require four-socket servers, which offer greater processing power and memory capacity to help ensure these long-running jobs are completed to meet critical design timelines. Accordingly, large-memory four-socket servers are an essential component of the Intel IT high-performance computing (HPC) silicon design environment.

Intel IT recently conducted tests to assess the potential benefits to silicon design of four-socket servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 product family. These servers include up to 10 cores and 30 MB last-level cache per processor—25 percent more than the previous generation. They also provide 2x the maximum memory, by supporting 32-GB DIMMs, or application workloads that require large memory capacity. Our tests used a large multi-threaded electronic design automation (EDA) application operating on current Intel silicon design datasets.

This new server completed a complex silicon design workload 1.35x faster than a server based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series and 7.81x faster than a server based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 7100 series. Based on our results, the Intel Xeon processor E7-4800 product family offers significant throughput improvements compared to prior generations; these improvements can accelerate long running silicon design jobs, thereby helping to reduce the time required to bring new silicon designs to market.

Read the full Accelerating Silicon Design with Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 Family Brief.