Xeon processors are a type of CPU (Central Processing Unit) developed and manufactured by Intel Corporation, which are designed specifically for use in servers, workstations, and high-performance computing applications.
Xeon processors are typically more powerful than Intel's consumer-grade CPUs, such as the Core i7 or Core i9, and are optimized for multi-tasking and heavy workloads. They often feature more cores and threads, larger caches, and support for more memory, making them better suited for demanding applications like scientific simulations, video rendering, and virtualization.
Compared to Intel's consumer-grade processors, Xeon processors have several key features that make them better suited for server workloads. These include:
Support for multi-socket configurations: Xeon processors can be used in systems with multiple sockets, allowing for more cores and higher processing power.
Support for larger amounts of memory: Xeon processors support larger amounts of memory than consumer-grade processors, which is essential for server workloads that require a lot of memory.
Support for advanced virtualization features: Xeon processors include advanced virtualization features that enable efficient virtualization of resources, making them ideal for cloud computing and virtualization workloads.
Higher reliability: Xeon processors are designed for continuous operation, with features such as error-correcting code (ECC) memory that help to prevent data corruption and system crashes.