Delivering High-End Graphics Capabilities via an IaaS Model

At Intel, we often hear from ISV partners who are looking for a cloud-based option for media processing, transcoding, web streaming, remote graphics, gaming, and similar workloads. They don’t want to own and operate the infrastructure. Instead, they want to gain easy access to the capabilities they need and pay as they go—and keep their focus on their primary products.

Today, I have good news for these and other ISVs who are looking to the cloud for graphics capabilities via an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model. Through a just-announced collaboration with phoenixNAP, a global IT services provider, we are making the power of the Intel® Xeon® processor E3 family with Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics and Intel® Quick Sync Technology available via the cloud.

PhoenixNAP is the first IaaS provider to support our newest processor graphics technologies as part of a bare-metal offering. Naturally, we are excited to be working with them to meet the ISV ecosystem’s need for cloud access to advanced graphics capabilities. And there is no better infrastructure for this use than the Intel® Xeon® processor E3 family with Intel Iris Pro graphics.

The new processors in the Intel® Xeon® processor E3 family are built to support an extended range of cloud-based graphics demands. From video delivery to remote workstations to cloud gaming, these processors help service providers deliver cutting-edge performance per watt and more efficient rendering in the cloud. For an example of one such use case, see my May blog post on the visual cloud and remote workstations in the enterprise.

For these diverse graphics-intensive workloads, the Intel Xeon processor E3 family with Intel Iris Pro graphics has all the right stuff. For example, to accelerate video transcoding at scale, the Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1500 v5 can support up to two real-time UHD (4K) HEVC-HEVC transcodes per processor.[1]

Whether you deliver web streaming, cloud-based gaming services, complex 3D applications or some other graphics-intensive service, the performance of the Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1500 v5 with Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics P580 can provide the rich visual experiences your end users crave.

And now you can have instant access to these powerful graphics capabilities via phoenixNAP and their on-demand, bare metal dedicated servers. At launch, these new Intel Xeon processor-based platforms are available out of the company’s east coast and west coast hosted server locations in the United States, and are expected to be available in the company’s other global data center locations by early 2017. You can learn more about phoenixNAP's service here.

If you’re in Amsterdam this week for the International Broadcasters Conference (IBC), you can get a firsthand look at demos of the Intel Xeon processor E3-1500 v5 product family with Intel Iris Pro graphics. Or you can explore the technologies right now via our Data Center Graphics with Intel® Xeon® Processor E3 Family site.

 

[1] This was measured with an HEVC 4k 30 fps input stream transcoded to an HEVC 4K 30 fps output.

Benchmark platform configuration (new generation): Processor: Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1585L v5 @ 3.0GHz, Number of Populated Processor Sockets: 1, Number of Physical Cores per Processor Socket: 4, Number of Logical Cores per Processor Socket: 8, Number of Processor Threads per core: 2, L1 Cache per Socket (KB): 256, L2 Cache per Socket (KB): 1024, L3 Cache per Socket (KB): 8192, System Memory: 16 GB, Memory Type: DDR3, Memory Speed: 2133 MHz, Memory Configuration: 8 GB, 8 GB, Disk Model: INTEL SSDSC2BA800G3, Disk Size: 745.21GB, Operating System: Microsoft Windows* 8.1 Enterprise64-bit. Graphics hardware configuration: Graphics Accelerator: Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics P580, Graphics Driver Version: 20.19.15.4323, Display Resolution: 2560x1440 @ 32 bpp, Display Refresh Rate: 59 Hz.

Benchmark platform configuration (prior generation): Processor: Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1285 v4 in workstation platform (Intel S1200RP board), Number of Populated Processor Sockets: 1, Number of Physical Cores per Processor Socket: 4, Number of Logical Cores per Processor Socket: 8, Number of Processor Threads per core: 2, L3 Cache per Socket (KB): 6 MB, System Memory: 32 GB, Memory Type: DDR3 ECC UDIMM, Memory Speed: 1866 MHz, Memory Configuration: 4 x 8 GB, BIOS: S1200RP.86B.03.01.0002.041520151123, Intel HT Technology best configuration, Operating System: Microsoft Windows* 8.1 Graphics hardware configuration: Graphics Accelerator: Intel Iris™ Pro graphics P6300 with driver 10.18.10.3980, Microsoft Windows 8.1*.