Intel presents scalable Xeon processors, “the biggest advance for data centers of the last decade”

With 58 world records, the scalable Intel Xeon processors offer the best performance in the sector in the most extensive range of workloads.

Daily IT 07/11/17 21:03:05
Intel launched its new Intel® Xeon® scalable processors on July 11, offering companies a new level of performance for managing tasks with high computing requirements, including real-time analytics, virtualized infrastructures and high-performance computing. According to the company, today’s presentation represents the largest set of advances in the sector of data centers and network processors of the last decade.

“Data center and network infrastructures are undergoing important transformations in order to respond to new use cases, such as high precision medicine, artificial intelligence and agile network services that are paving the way to 5G networks,” explained Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Data Center Group. “Intel Xeon scalable processors represent the biggest advance for data centers of the last decade.”

The general availability announcement on July 11th continues Intel’s largest pre-launch program for data centers, through which more than 500,000 Intel Xeon scalable processors have already been sold to leading cloud service providers. communication and high performance computing. Customers will benefit from significant performance improvements, up to 1.65X on average compared to previous generation technology. With 58 world records, the scalable Intel Xeon processors offer the best performance in the sector in the most extensive range of workloads.

The Intel Xeon scalable processors also provide businesses with the most complete set of innovations built into the platform, which offer remarkable performance improvements in essential workloads. These innovations include:

Artificial intelligence: 2.2X increase in deep learning development and inference3 compared to the previous generation, and 113X performance improvement in deep learning3 compared to a 3 year old non-optimized server system when combined with optimizations of software that accelerate the operation of AI-based services.

Network connections: Up to 2.5X increase in IPSec22 transmission speed for essential network applications compared to the previous generation when using Intel QuickAssist and DPDK, increasing the value obtained from network transformation.

Virtualization: capacity to operate up to 4.2X plus virtual systems13 (VM or virtual machines) compared to a four-year old system for the rapid implementation of services, use of servers, reduction of energy costs and use of space to promote modernization of data centers.

High Performance Computing: Enhancements of up to 2X FLOPs / Clock1 thanks to the Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Advanced Vector Extensions 512 or Intel® AVX-512), as well as integrated Intel Omni-Path architecture ports, which improve computing capacity , I / O flexibility and memory bandwidth to accelerate progress and innovation.

Storage: Process up to 5X plus IOPS11 while reducing latency up to 70% 11 compared to a solid state drive with non-volatile express memory (Non-Volatile Memory Express or NVMe) when combined with Intel® solid state drives Optane ™ and the Memory Performance Development Kit (SPDK), facilitating access to data for advanced analytics applications.

The Intel Xeon scalable processors have a new microarchitecture, interconnections and memory controllers. The resulting platform optimizes the performance, reliability, security and manageability required in data centers and network infrastructures.

Performance: Intel Xeon scalable processors offer overall performance improvements of up to 1.65X2 compared to the previous generation, and up to 5X19 in OLTP workloads (online transaction processing or OnLine Transaction Processing) compared to current systems, accelerating today’s workloads that include modeling and simulation, machine learning, high performance computing and digital content creation. These important performance improvements are possible thanks to new technologies such as Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel AVX-512), which increase the performance of tasks with high computing demands, a new Intel Mesh architecture that reduces system latency, Intel QuickAssist technology that speeds up operation.

Performance: Intel Xeon scalable processors offer overall performance improvements of up to 1.65X2 compared to the previous generation, and up to 5X19 in OLTP workloads (online transaction processing or OnLine Transaction Processing) compared to current systems, accelerating today’s workloads that include modeling and simulation, machine learning, high performance computing and digital content creation. These important performance improvements are possible thanks to new technologies such as Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel AVX-512), which increase the performance of tasks with high computing demands, a new Intel Mesh architecture that reduces system latency, Intel QuickAssist technology that accelerates hardware and data compression cryptography operations and an integrated high-speed fabric thanks to the Intel Omni Path architecture that enables the efficient implementation of high-performance computing assemblies (HPC clusters).

Scalability: Optimized to meet a wide range of requirements in data centers and communication networks, scalable Intel Xeon processors offer up to 28 cores and up to 6 terabytes of system memory (4-port systems), and can be scaled to give support systems from 2 to 8 or more ports, boosting workloads from basic level to critical applications.

Agility: optimizations of computing capacity, memory, network and storage and optimization of the software ecosystem of the Intel Xeon scalable processors make them ideal for use in data centers defined by software and optimized for the total cost of acquisition that allocate resources dynamically automatically (either in the facilities themselves, through the network or in the cloud), based on the needs of workloads.

Uncompromising security: data protection through full encryption used to imply a dramatic reduction in performance. Now, applications can work with reductions of less than 1% when activating data encryption at rest. The new Intel Xeon scalable processor also offers cryptographic performance improvement of up to 3.1X18 over the previous generation. Intel has increased the security features of the processor through Intel Key Protection technology, increasing protection against attacks against security keys. In addition, the Intel Xeon scalable processor has been designed to secure the platform through future advances in trusted root hardware.

The foundations of the next generation of data centers and communications networks

Intel has also introduced Intel Select Solutions, a brand of solutions with the aim of simplifying and accelerating the implementation of data centers and network infrastructures, with initial solutions for Canonical Ubuntu *, Microsoft SQL 16 * and VMware vSAN 6.6 *. Intel Select Solutions represents an expansion of the company’s extensive investment in Intel Builders ecosystem collaborations and will offer the market multiple configurations verified by Intel that will allow customers to accelerate the return on their investments in infrastructure based on Intel Xeon scalable processors for loads of work prioritized by the user.

The architecture of the Intel Xeon scalable platform has been specifically designed to help customers accelerate the deployment of cloud infrastructures, transform communication networks and develop artificial intelligence. In addition, the platform has the support of hundreds of ecosystem partners, with more than 480 Intel creators and more than 7,000 software vendors to drive optimizations that take advantage of the platform. The scalable Intel Xeon processors have received broad support from various companies, including Amazon, AT & T, BBVA, Google, Microsoft, Montefiore, Technicolor and Telefonica.