Intel Caneland, Tigerton demoed and pictured

These products are still a ways off on its roadmap, but Intel already has working preliminary hardware for its next-gen Caneland server platform and Tigerton quad-core processor. TR editor Geoff Gasior is visiting Intel’s offices in Oregon, and he sent along these pictures from a live demo of four Tigerton processors running in a quad-socket, Caneland-based system.

Above are pictures of the guts of the system from two angles. Notice the four CPU coolers grouped together across the length of the case. Such a layout would likely be impossible without Caneland’s point-to-point connection between the chipset and the CPU. Tucked under the a metal cutout is the chipset cooler. Here’s a closer look at it.

Four sockets with quad-core processors in them adds up to 16 cores, each of them a Core microarchitecture-derived design. Intel cooked up a demo of POV-Ray running on one core and then distributing the rendering load across all sixteen. Here’s how it looked, with results.

As expected, doing rendering across 16 cores is exceptionally fast, although I’m unsure about the reasons for a performance boost of more than 16X. At any rate, Caneland and Tigerton are already alive and kicking in Intel’s labs, as this live demonstration illustrates.

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    • Nuclear
    • 13 years ago

    q[< Notice the four CPU coolers grouped together across the length of the case. Such a layout would likely be impossible without Caneland's point-to-point connection between the chipset and the CPU.<]q current IBM X365,X366, X460 and newer revision are already doint it, so it's not impossible with the current Xeon implementation

    • Proesterchen
    • 13 years ago

    showing a working 4S, quad-core server >> showing a quad-core MPU wafer of unknown quality

      • Flying Fox
      • 13 years ago

      Can’t we just admire the good stuff instead of bashing the other camp for once? :rolleyes:

    • Shining Arcanine
    • 13 years ago

    I think I have an explanation for the greater than 16x performance. The single core processor being used in the comparsion is probably not a Tigerton processor with three cores disabled in the BIOS, but rather the single core version that Intel will be shipping as a budget processor. The performance discrepancy comes from the single core version having less L2 cache avaliable for its core than each of the cores in the Tigerton processor have avaliable. It is the only possible way to describe it.

    • SGT Lindy
    • 13 years ago

    It would make killer Virtual Server Host, SQL server or Exchange 2007 box.

    • _Shorty
    • 13 years ago

    “I’m unsure about the reasons for a performance boost of more than 16X”

    SIMD? At any rate, it’s one run, and there could be any number of reasons for a large margin of error.

    edit – not to mention some of their cache memory is shared, so there would be some help there, too. A single core would have to go to main memory X amount of the time. But with multiple cores sharing some cache, with the help of prefetching, there would likely be some gain from already having data they were going to get already being in cache.

    • karrock
    • 13 years ago

    Damn that’s nuts! Who would have thought that there would come a day where we need a huge CPU cooler bolted onto the motherboard’s chipset? Sure, we’ve seen little low-profile sinks, some with fans, and even some small heat pipes, but nothing that looks like it should be attached to an Athlon processor…

      • Fighterpilot
      • 13 years ago

      Whats the bet that when its released it will be a marvel of miniaturization and packaging and will be the usual dependable Intel mobo/chipset package.Right now its just a testbench dummy…..

        • SGWB
        • 13 years ago

        I have to agree. Did you notice how that steel was cut out to accomadate the chipset cooler? It looks like someone did it with a hack saw or a Dremol tool. The engineers probably had about 2 days notice about this demo and slapped the kit together with whatever they could find in the spare parts bin that fit.

    • Helmore
    • 13 years ago

    I was wondering where the RAM memory is, I can’t seem to find it in the pics, can someone please point it out to me?

    • d2brothe
    • 13 years ago

    *drools*…posts with <10 chars can’t be worth reading my a**

      • 5150
      • 13 years ago

      I agree.90

      • eitje
      • 13 years ago

      hah!<space><space><space><space><space><space>

      • DrDillyBar
      • 13 years ago

      w00t!

      • Vrock
      • 13 years ago

      Never mind.

    • Shintai
    • 13 years ago

    Omg, its an nvidia chipset cooler!…oh way 😛

    Anyway, cute box…on friday I might get a cloverton box…

    • blastdoor
    • 13 years ago

    Intel sure does seem to like raytracing these days!

      • ScythedBlade
      • 13 years ago

      Yea … after ray tracing is improved by a hell lot, it will ultimately be better than regular vertex sheaders … etc. …

    • Hance
    • 13 years ago

    i need one dont know what for but i still NEED one

    • emkubed
    • 13 years ago

    I want to be running Vmware on this in 2008. That is all.

    • morphine
    • 13 years ago

    Give how sweet this looks for servers and heavy workstations, I propose it’s renamed “Candyland”.

    • lyc
    • 13 years ago

    i think one could see a slightly super-linear speedup due to there being fewer accesses to main memory, with increasingly large parts of the dataset residing in l2.

      • mesyn191
      • 13 years ago

      They should just put 1GB of L2/L3 on package and be done with it.

        • d2brothe
        • 13 years ago

        That would be expensive…but oh so good…:P…

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