Intel Xeon 15-Core Chip | Ivytown is a high end server processor and one of Xeon E7 processor series. It has 4.31 billion transistors. Officially, Ivytown chip will be announced this week, but Intel had announced last Monday on International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. Ivytown is the code-name for Xeon 15-core processors.
Using Ivy Bridge microarchitecture that replaces Sandy Bridge that was launched last year. Ivytown works at 1.4 GHz to 3.8 GHz clock speed and needs 40 to 150 watt. Every single Ivytown core supports multithreading, so every Ivytown chip will be able to handle upto 30 threads at the same time. This chip will handle high-end computation like database and ERP.
Up to now, Ivytown has the largest number of cores in a single chip. Previously, Intel had the Xeon E5 v2 with its 12 cores. AMD launched it’s 16-cores Opteron x86 since 2011.
The increasing number of cores is actually vendors effort to significantly increases its performance and make low in consuming the energy. Another way of doing it is by raising the clock speed.