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Intel Debuts New Xeon Scalable Processors

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted July 11, 2017


Intel continues to find new ways to push the performance of its data center silicon architecture and is now using multiple integrated performance-boosting technologies in its new Xeon Scalable processors to do so.

Among the boosting technologies Intel is integrating in the Xeon Scalable processors are its Mesh Architecture, QuickAssist encryption Xeon Scalabletechnology and the Omni-path Fabric for improved virtual machine density. The performance enhancements are also enabled with the new Intel Advanced Vector Extension 512 (AVX-512), which optimizes computational intensive tasks.

"Data center and network infrastructure is undergoing massive transformations to support emerging use cases like precision medicine, artificial intelligence and agile network services paving the path to 5G," Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Data Center Group, said in a statement. "Intel Xeon Scalable processors represent the biggest data center advancement in a decade."

Inside the New Intel Xeon Scalable Lineup

From a naming perspective, the new Xeon Scalable lineup includes four processor classes, starting from the entry-level Xeon Bronze and moving up to Xeon Silver, Xeon Gold and finally the Xeon Platinum at the high end.

The top-of-the-line processor is the new Intel Xeon Platinum 8180, which has 28 Cores and a 28.5MB level three cache. The Xeon Platinum 8180 has a base processor frequency of 2.50 GHz and a maximum Turbo CPU frequency of 3.80 GHz with 56 threads of processor power.

The Xeon Platinum is available in configurations with 28 CPU cores and can support up to 12 TB of memory.

"This launch signifies an expansion and broadening of Intel’s datacenter efforts and puts an exclamation point on targeted workloads for enterprises, carriers, HPC, cloud and AI," Patrick Moorhead, analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, commented.

"It is important to note that Intel is bringing more than a CPU to these markets — they are bringing CPUs plus chipsets, accelerators (ie FPGA, QuickAssist, AVX-512), Optane SSD, busses (ie OmniPath) and optimized software (ie DPDK) required for workload-optimization," Moorhead continued.

"Intel is even building near-engineered solutions to the table with Select Solutions, an indication that it is moving up the food chain and also enabling a much larger market-basket," added Moorhead.  

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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