Intel raises the bar in the world server and specifically with its future processor Sierra forestthe first completely based on E-Core. So far we’ve told you – in fact, Intel itself has – that Sierra Forest is a process-based project Intel 3would have offered a total of 144 E-Core cores.
The news of the last few hours is that Sierra Forest is scheduled to arrive first half of 2024“will include a version with up to 288 cores“. This is not a number that refers to threads. In fact, the Sierra Forrest E cores are all single-threaded, so they are physical cores.
In a recent slide, Intel revealed that Sierra Forest’s big brother, Granite Rapids, will be marketed in versions with up to three computing chiplets. Since the two designs are compatible from a socket perspective, Intel decided to go with it Create a version of Sierra Forest with 2 chiplets (like in the photo) with 144 cores eachwhich goes beyond the original single chiplet configuration.
Intel could potentially even develop a Sierra Forest processor with three chiplets, for a total of 432 cores, although it is not certain whether this is the case for reasons of price, consumption and heat dissipation. Maybe that’s what’s happening with this one Successor to Sierra Forest, the already known Clearwater Forest, which will be released in 2025 based on the Intel 18A process. One thing is certain: Since Sierra Forest is also intended for dual-socket platforms, systems with a total of 576 cores can be implemented.
Sierra Forest will clash with AMD proposals such as EPYC Bergamo (128 Zen 4c cores and 256 threads) and ARM architectures, those high core density solutions designed for some areas of the cloud sector and beyond. According to Intel, Sierra Forest will offer:better rack density 2.5 times better and superior performance per watt 2.4x compared to 4th generation Xeons“.
The company confirmed this at the event Granite Rapids, a fully P-Core based processor with Intel 3 process, will be available soon Upon launch, Sierra Forest will offer two to three times the AI performance of Sapphire Rapids.
First, however, space for Emerald Rapids, Sapphire Rapids update which is marketed as the 5th generation Xeon: its debut is planned December 14th. Emerald Rapids promises better performance and compatibility with faster memory, as well as similar consumption to Sapphire Rapids, with which it remains compatible from a socket perspective.