Intel launches 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors
Intel has recently unveiled the new 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable, dubbed by the company as the only x86 data center processor with built-in AI acceleration, delivering on average 46% increased performance.
Code-named “Ice Lake,” the 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors are noted as the foundation of Intel’s data center platform with the leveraging power of AI. It features up to 40 powerful cores and supporting a wide range of frequency, feature and power levels, as well as Intel’s portfolio of memory, storage and
connectivity, the company claims.
The new 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors are identified as the combination of Intel’s portfolio of Intel Optane persistent memory and storage, Ethernet adapters, FPGAs, and optimized software solutions. As per Intel, these processors deliver performance and workload optimizations across hybrid-cloud, high-performance computing (HPC), networking, and intelligent edge applications.
Moreover, the 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors feature a flexible architecture with integrated artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration with Intel DL Boost technology and advanced security capabilities to protect data and application code with Intel Software Guard Extension (Intel SGX) and Intel Crypto Acceleration.
Equipped with Intel 10 nanometer (nm) process technology, the latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver up to 40 cores per processor and up to 2.65 times higher average performance gain compared with a 5-year-old system. Intel mentioned that the platform supports up to 6 terabytes of system memory per socket, up to 8 channels of DDR4-3200 memory per socket, and up to 64 lanes of PCIe Gen4 per socket.
“Our 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable platform is the most flexible and performant in our history, designed to handle the diversity of workloads from the cloud to the network to the edge,” said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Platforms Group at Intel.
The latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable platform includes the Intel Optane persistent memory 200 series, Intel Optane Solid State Drive (SSD) P5800X, and Intel SSD D5-P5316 NAND SSDs, as well as Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters and the latest Intel Agilex FPGAs.
The Intel Xeon Scalable processors are backed by over 500 ready-to-deploy Intel IoT Market Ready Solutions and Intel Select Solutions to accelerate customer deployments — with up to 80% of Intel Select Solutions portfolio being refreshed.
The company mentioned that Intel Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, Microsoft SQL, Open Cloud, simulation and modeling, NFVI Forwarding Platform, and Visual Cloud Delivery Network are being updated, and a new solution, Intel Select Solutions for Virtual Radio Access Networks (vRAN), is being introduced.
Intel also revealed that more than 25 solution partners have committed to build, verify and sell this set of 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based solutions this year.