This is mis-formulated. Begging the question is where the answer to the question is included in its phrasing. And even though a large socket suggests a high TDP, I wouldn't say it begs the question.The incredible size of the processors begs the TDP question
It might have more to do with customers like Google wanting to accelerate things like machine learning in hardware. Perhaps it's a hedge against Xeon Phi's successor (Knight's Landing) failing to compete with GPUs. Or maybe OEMs just demanded it, as a way to further differentiate their product offerings.The real news is that Intel is embracing FPGAs to counter the death of Moore's law.
This would compete against absolutely nothing. While 32GB of ram per processor may have been fine 20 years ago, even cheap server boards today support at least 500GB per processor. In enterprise as ram based databases become more prevalent, demand for memory is only going to increase.meh ...
6 channel memory means 6 dimms per core minimum , More space instead of compact space !
USE HBM2 INTEL , you will not need stupid 6 channel (HBM2 bandwidth is faster)
and you wont need HUGE motherboards anymore !
you could fit 2x XEONS on a tiny ITX mobo with one x16 slot included !!! with the 12/24 DIMMS slots missing !!!
you could fit 4 XEONS on mATX/ATX !!!
you could fit 8 XEONS on EATX !!!
just make the xeon comes each with 32G (minimum) of HBM2 RAM ... and if you want more RAM add another CPU !
Compactness should be the FUTURE..
AMD , if you are reading this , DO IT !!!
(source: http://www.cpu-world.com/news_2015/2015061701_More_details_on_Intel_Purley_platform.html) and Pentium Pro was 63mm x 68mm (source: Upgrading and Repairing PCs By Scott Mueller).either 76mm x 51mm or 76mm x 56mm
Very interesting. They were talking about increasing total capacity of memory by 4x.It's tempting to speculate about the black DIMM slots, in the first pic - that they might be only for NVDIMMS, or something. In that case, I don't know why they'd be closest to the CPU, though. Maybe they just go in normal DIMM slots, and this is why Intel went to 6-channel.