Real-time Analytics with 10x Performance per Dollar

Across all industries, from healthcare to transportation, from financial services to manufacturing, the rise of advanced analytics is driving unprecedented opportunities to make new discoveries, to deliver better customer experiences, and to achieve countless other business goals. The key is to turn mountains of core business data plus new sources of unstructured data into actionable and timely insights. June 6th 2016 represents another major milestone for helping end customers make smart decisions in real-time... the new Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8800/4800 v4 product family, launched today in Beijing.

Intel Xeon E7 Processors sitting on mirror coated wafer

The payoff for enterprises to embark on this analytics journey can be huge. Research indicates that companies that use data-driven insights are two times more likely to have top quartile financial performance and five times more likely to make decisions faster than their competition[1]—so it is no surprise that many companies are investing in analytics and view it as a mission-critical function.

All types of companies are already deploying advanced analytics solutions to be more competitive and create new business opportunities and choosing the Intel Xeon processor family as the foundation.

Analytics approaches abound, Descriptive analytics transitions to diagnostic analytics, transitions to predictive analytics, transitions to prescriptive analytics, transitions to cognitive anlaytics

 

Here are a few examples:

  • Healthcare powerhouse, McKesson uses real-time analytics to complete its month-end close in a few days instead of the weeks it took previously, and it has reduced inventory batch schedule reporting by 30%, enabling more timely supplies to doctors and hospitals.
  • One of Spain’s largest banks, CaixaBank, uses big data analytics to adapt and improve customer engagements and offer tailored products and services that better address customer demands.
  • Clothing legend, Levi Strauss & Co. uses analytics to improve the in-store experience by making sure customers and sales-people can find the styles and sizes they need, when they need them.
  • Education innovator, TeacherMatch uses data analytics to streamline teacher hiring by predicting the likely classroom effectiveness and impact on student growth of prospective teachers.

 

This latest generation of the Intel Xeon processor E7 family delivers the benefits of industry-leading performance, the largest per-socket memory capacity,[2] advanced reliability, and hardware enhanced security for real-time analytics. This is a highly scalable platform that has all the right stuff to enable businesses to rapidly gain actionable insights from massive and complex data sets for today’s 24/7 competitive environment. Most notably:

  • An average 3X3 improved performance, with up to 2X4 the analytics performance versus the previous generation;
  • Up to 24 cores (was 18 in v3), a market-leading 24 terabytes of memory per 8-socket system (double the previous limit), enough to pull that big bank or healthcare database directly into system memory, where it’s accessible for instant analysis;
  • Highly scalable: OEM solutions supporting up to 64 sockets (though capable of up to 256 sockets);
  • Hardware-enhanced security: Up to 70%5 more encryption performance per core, virtually eliminating the security versus performance tradeoff; and
  • Advanced reliability: More than 70 reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features including unique Intel® Run Sure Technology to ensure maximum data integrity, uptime, and error recovery

With advantages like these, this new generation of the Intel Xeon processor E7 family is ideal for scale-up platforms and responsible for more than two dozen world record performance benchmarks.6 It delivers large in-memory computing for real-time analytics as well as data-intensive mission-critical workloads, such as online transaction processing (OLTP), supply chain management (SCM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP), among others.

That horsepower and capabilities make the processors a logical choice for CIOs and CFOs alike… delivering up to 1.4x more performance, half the system power and a ROI of up to 10 times better performance per dollar compared to IBM Power8*.7

Customer success stories like the ones above and countless others don’t happen by chance. They result from the large ecosystem of OEMs and ISVs providing analytics solutions. And thanks to innovative hardware-enhanced features that drive higher levels of performance, reliability, and security for applications running on Intel platforms, this ecosystem is rallying around the new Intel Xeon processor E7-v4 family. Already, thousands of solutions are available for Intel Xeon processor E7 platforms, and at least 18 OEMs are developing more than 50 system designs based on the new processor family, ranging from 4- to 64-socket implementations.

To support the efforts of our solution partners and help accelerate their time to value, we offer innovative tools that accelerate the production of applications and are optimized for the capabilities of our hardware. These include the Intel® Math Kernel Library (MKL) and the Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library (DAAL). We also spearheaded the development of the Trusted Analytics Platform, an open-source software platform that accelerates the creation of cloud-native applications driven by big data analytics.

Efforts like these ensure that when you deploy the latest generation of the Intel Xeon processor family you will have access to a broad menu of analytics solutions that help you gain timely and actionable insight from growing volumes of data.

To learn more about accelerating business insight with advanced analytics, visit intel.com/analytics.

 

 

[1] Source: Gartner, Survey Analysis: Practical Challenges Mount as Big Data Moves to Mainstream, September 2015.

[2] Source: Xeon E7 v4 platform supports up to 3TB of memory per socket: www.intel.com. IBM POWER8* platforms support up to 2TB of memory per socket:

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ST&infotype=SA&appname=STGE_PO_PO_USEN&htmlfid=POY03114USEN&attachment=POY03114USEN.PDF. Oracle SPARC M7*-based platforms support up to 0.5TB of memory per socket: https://www.oracle.com/servers/sparc/m7-16/comparisons.html.

3 Up to 30% average performance gain claim based on the following comparisons as of 5 June 2016

  • Up to 1.19x higher baseline score claim based on SPECfp*_rate_base2006 benchmark comparing 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v3 on Cisco Systems with 1024 GB Total Memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server* 12 using C/C++: Version 15.0.2.164 of Intel C++ Studio XE for Linux; Fortran: Version 15.0.2.164 of Intel Fortran Studio XE for Linux. Data Source: http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2015q2/cpu2006-20150504-36210.html, Score: 2000 to 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4 on Cisco Systems with 512 GB Total Memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server* 12 using C/C++: Version 16.0.0.101 of Intel C++ Studio XE for Linux; Fortran: Version 16.0.0.101 of Intel Fortran Studio XE for Linux. Data Source: www.spec.org/cpu2006, Score: 2380 Higher is better
  • Up to 1.28x higher baseline score claim based on SPECint*_rate_base2006 benchmark comparing 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v3 on Cisco Systems with 1024 GB Total Memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server* 12 using C/C++: Version 15.0.0.090 of Intel C++ Studio XE for Linux. Data Source: http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2015q2/cpu2006-20150420-35915.html, Score: 2770 to 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4 on Fujitsu with 512 GB Total Memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server* 12 SP1 using C/C++: Version 16.0.0.101 of Intel C++ Studio XE for Linux. Data Source: www.spec.org/cpu2006, Score: 3570 Higher is better
  • Up to 1.29x more jOPS claim based on SPECjbb*2015 Multi-JVM Critical benchmark comparing 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v3 with 2048 GB Total Memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12. Data Source: http://www.spec.org/jbb2015/results/res2015q4/jbb2015-20151028-00032.html, Score: 99646 SPECjbb2015* - MultiJVM critical-jOPS to 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4 on Cisco Systems with 2048 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.2-kernel 3.10.0-327 using Java HotSpot 64-bit Server VM, version 1.8.0_91. Data Source: www.spec.org/jbb2015, Score: 189334 SPECjbb2015* - MultiJVM critical-jOPS Higher is better
  • Up to 1.30x more transactions per second E (tpsE) claim based on TPC-E* benchmark comparing 1-Node, 4P/72C/144T Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v3 with 4 TB Total Memory on Microsoft Windows Server* 2012 Standard Edition using Microsoft SQL Server* 2014 Enterprise Edition. Data Source: http://www.tpc.org/tpce/results/tpce_result_detail.asp?id=115050101, Score: 6964 tpsE, $245.98/tpsE, available 7/31/15 to 1-Node, 4P/96C/192T Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4 on Lenovo Group Limited with 4 TB Total Memory on Windows Server* 2012 R2 Standard using SQL Server* 2016 Enterprise Edition. Data Source: www.tpc.org, Score: 9068 tpsE, $139.85/tpsE, available 7/31/16.
  • Up to 1.33x more benchmark SD ERP users claim based on SAP* SD Standard Application Benchmark Results, Two-Tier Internet Configuration benchmark LINUX results comparing 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v3 with 1048576 Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 using SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise* 16. Data Source: http://download.sap.com/download.epd?context=40E2D9D5E00EEF7C8CF2455D066964A9E7704F91078B51E484F6EE755FAFFE86, Score: 31000 benchmark users to 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4 on Dell Inc. with 1024 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.2-kernel 3.10.0-327 using SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise* 16. Data Source: The SAP certification number was not available at press time and can be found at the following Web page: www.sap.com/benchmark. Score: 41450 benchmark users Higher is better
  • Up to 1.33x more benchmark SD users claim based on SAP* SD Standard Application Benchmark Results, Two-Tier Internet Configuration benchmark Windows results comparing 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v3 with 1 TB Total Memory on Windows Server* 2012 Standard Edition using SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 and DB2* 10. Data Source: http://download.sap.com/download.epd?context=40E2D9D5E00EEF7C88BCF9AE82998D97CEC2B8E566F88919F1D63021C2709127, Score: 30501 benchmark users to 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4 on Cisco Systems with 1 TB Total Memory on Windows Server* 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition using SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 and DB2* 10.5. The SAP certification number was not available at press time and can be found at the following Web page: www.sap.com/benchmark. Score: 41025 benchmark users
  • Up to 1.35x more VMs claim based on SPECvirt_sc*2013 benchmark comparing 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v3 with 2 TB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 (KVM). Data Source: http://www.spec.org/virt_sc2013/results/res2016q1/virt_sc2013-20160126-00041-perf.html, Score: 3118 @ 174 VMs to 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4 on Hewlett Packard Enterprise with 2 TB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.2-kernel 3.10.0-327. Data Source: www.spec.org/virt_sc2013, Score: 4231 @ 237 VMs Higher is better

4  Up to 2.1x faster ad-hoc queries claim based on TPC-H @ 3000GB scale factor comparing HPE ProLiant* DL580 Gen9 with Intel Xeon processors E7-8890 v4 (4P, 96C, 192T), Actian* Vector 5.0 database scoring 2,080,076 QphH@3000GB, $0.38/QphH@3000GB available 6/6/2016 (source: http://www.tpc.org) vs. E7-8890 v3 (4P, 72C/144T), 1,071,018 QphH@3000GB, $0.60/QphH@3000GB available 6/1/2016 (source: http://www.tpc.org/3322) 

Up to 70% per core speed up claim based on RSA  4096 bits (Sign) (testing by Intel) with 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v3 at 22M cycles/op compared to 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4 at 13M cycles/op.  Lower is better

6 See http://www.intel.com/E7v4Records  for the complete list of world records.

7 Up to 1.4X higher performance’ compared to IBM POWER8*-based solutions’ claim based on estimated SPECint*_rate_base2006 performance of 8-socket server using Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v4 scoring 6900 priced versus an 8-socket IBM Power E870 scoring 4830.  ‘1/2 the system power’ compared to IBM POWER8*-based solutions’ claim based on estimated system power of 8-socket server using Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v4, 2,496 watts max power, versus an 8-socket IBM Power E870, 5,068 watts max power.  ‘Up to 10X better performance per dollar’ compared to IBM POWER8*-based solutions’ claims based on estimated SPECint*_rate_base2006 performance of 8-socket server using Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v4 scoring 6900 priced at an estimated  list price of $197,974 to 8-socket IBM Power E870 scoring 4830 priced at public list price of $1,592,788.

£ SPECint_rate_base2006 benchmark results:

8-chip IBM POWER8-based Power E870 (4830 baseline score) with 4TB of memory.  Source:http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=PM&subtype=RG&appname=STGE_PO_PO_USEN&htmlfid=POO03017USEN&attachment=POO03017USEN.PDF.

Intel estimate for 8-chip Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v4 (6900 baseline score) with 2TB memory.

¥ Estimated power:

8-chip IBM Power E870 with 8 x 4.19 GHz POWER8* processors, 4 TB memory, 2 HDDs. (5068 watts max power).  Source: http://www-912.ibm.com/see/EnergyEstimator.

Intel estimate for 8 x E7-8890 v3 processors/2 TB memory/ 2x146G 15K SAS drives. (2496 watts max power). Power estimate based on 8-chip Xeon® E7-8890 v3-based solution (Lenovo x3950 server). Source: https://lenovopress.com/tips1251-system-x3950-x6-6241.

¤ Pricing:

8-chip IBM Power E870 Pricing of $1,592,788: 8 x 4.19 GHz POWER8* processors, 4 TB memory, 2 HDDs.   Source: IBM United States Prices 114-160, dated October 6, 2014 (hardware list prices). Source: As of May 23, 2016, IBM System P Power Based Products List Price File - July 2015: https://www-304.ibm.com/easyaccess3/fileserve?contentid=259221.

8-chip Brickland-EX platform Intel estimated list price of $165,000 with 8x Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v4 processors, 2 TB memory, 2 HDDs.