August 10 2015: The Intel Xeon E-7 version 3 family of processors ( see chip and die above) which was launched recently, is a key building block for tomorrow's supercomputing challenges. It has up to 18 cores and 36 separate compute threads.
It can gobble up to 12 terabytes of RAM memory and at 2.5 GHz is the zippiest HPC chip currently available, made for a petaflop era. (one peta flop is 1000 teraflops or floating point operations per second) .
And like every Xeon chip across 3 generations and 7 iterations, the E-7 v.3 has a strong 'India connection'.
India's footprint on the Top500 list of the world's most powerful computers, has increased marginally this year from 9 to 11 systems .... and all of them -- including the Centre of Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC)'s India- designed and built Param Yuva-II ( see in picture above) --are built around the ( earlier) Intel Xeon E-5 chip.