For medical imaging, time is of the essence. Faster imaging not only improves productivity, it can save lives. The Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family is helping healthcare organizations achieve better, faster results to improve medical outcomes and accelerate the transition toward personalized, data-driven health care.


Consider the experience of Neusoft*, the largest IT Solutions and Services provider in China. The company found that its Neusoft CT* systems generated CT images about 72% faster using the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family than they did with the previous-generation parts (Figure 1).


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Figure 1. Neusoft* CT increased performance from 219 images/sec to 322 images/sec.


This record-breaking performance was due partly to the increased core count – 20% higher than preceding processors – and partly due to the Haswell microarchitecture upgrade. The new architecture comes with a host of improvements, most notably Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel® AVX2). As we discussed in a previous blog, Intel AVX2 introduces a fused multiply-add that doubles peak floating point throughput. Multiply-add workloads are a critical component of image processing, so this upgrade benefits many medical applications.


The new processor also offers better scalability. Vital Images*, a provider of 2D, 3D, and 4D images, found that the latest Intel® Xeon® processor increased the number of simultaneous users they could support on a single system by 60% (Figure 2).  This improvement is particularly valuable for small-to-medium businesses, which can expand productivity without investing in large, complex systems.


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Figure 2. VitreaAdvanced* concurrent users increased from 5 to 8.


Upgrades to the processors’ memory systems are essential to achieving this performance. To keep the cores fed with data, the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3series includes an enlarged L3 cache of up to 45 MB. The on-die bus now uses two fully buffered rings that increase the effective bandwidth (Figure 3). A corresponding QPI interface frequency increase improves multi-socket performance, and Last Level Cache (LLC) changes reduce latency and increase bandwidth.


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Figure 3. The new Intel® Xeon® processor employs two buffered rings.


External interfaces have also been upgraded. The new processors support DDR4 system memory, which offer up to 3x the memory bandwidth in as little as half the power of DDR3.


Other key features include:

  • An increase in virtualization density of up to 1.6X compared to the previous generation, which means more workloads on fewer servers.
  • Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0, which cranks up speeds during high-demand periods and throttles performance in low-demand periods. The latest processors can independently adjust the speed of each core, and run the cores and “uncore” at different speeds to improve energy efficiency.
  • Intel® Data Protection Technology with Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI), which accelerates data encryption and decryption up to 2X faster than the previous generation.


Healthcare organizations can take advantage of these upgrades with imaging solutions from the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance. From modular components to market-ready systems, Intel and the 250+ global member companies of the Alliance provide scalable, interoperable solutions that accelerate deployment of intelligent devices and end-to-end analytics. Close collaboration with Intel and each other enables Alliance members to innovate with the latest technologies, helping developers deliver first-in-market solutions.


One good example of these solutions is the Super Micro X10DRi-T (Figure 4).  This dual-processor E-ATX motherboard is an great choice for imaging equipment like CT scanners and MRI machines. Key features include:

  • Up to 1TB ECC DDR4
  • 3x PCI Express* (PCIe*) 3.0 x16 and 3x PCIe 3.0 x8
  • 10x SATA 6Gbps RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
  • IPMI 2.0 and KVM with dedicated LAN
  • 5x USB 3.0 and 6x USB 2.0



Figure 4. The Super Micro X10DRi-T has a powerful feature set.


Another good example is the FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY CX400 M1 (Figure 5). This system contains up to four server nodes with a total of 8 Intel Xeon processors and 64 DDR4 memory DIMMs in a single 2U enclosure, providing excellent performance density and energy efficiency. A variety of server node and storage options allow mixing and matching for scale-out solution stacks.


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Figure 5. The PRIMERGY CX400 M1 offers a variety of options.


For large-scale deployments that require extreme performance and high-density computing, consider the AMAX* ClusterMax* Apex Supercomputer Cluster (Figure 6). This high-performance computing (HPC) solution features up to 2,592 Intel Xeon processor cores per 42U cabinet – a remarkable level of density. Key features include:

  • A power-conscious design.
  • Integrated web-based cluster management for turnkey provisioning and hassle-free management.
  • Optimized MPI implementations and pre-tuned networking components to get parallel applications up and running.
  • Highly scalable, modular architecture with FDR Infiniband and PCIe 3.0 support.


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Figure 6. The ClusterMax* Apex features up to 2,592 cores per cabinet.


To see more healthcare solutions based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3, see our Solutions Directory. For more on the case studies cited here – and many additional examples – see Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v3 Family Software Solutions.


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Kenton Williston

Roving Reporter (Intel Contractor), Intel® IoT Solutions Alliance

Editor-In-Chief, Embedded Innovator magazine

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