Architected for the Data Center

A whole new world of digital experiences now shapes our business and personal lives –experiences that rely on smart devices, high-capacity networks and, above all else, powerful data centers.

From smartphones to next-generation connected machines like automobiles and planes, data centers are integral to receive, process, analyze, store, and transmit all this data. The demands for action and insight based on this data are only growing, and to keep up, solutions need to be architected from the ground up for modern data center workloads.

If you don’t have time to do it right,
when will you have time to do it over?”

– John Wooden

It’s hard to imagine successfully powering a data center on desktop or mobile processors…just as NASA hasn’t sent anyone to space using motorcycle engines. Yet, yesterday AMD launched its “Epyc” processor, returning to the server CPU market segment after a 5-year hiatus. AMD’s implementation choices of repurposing and gluing together four of its desktop processors for use in servers spell compromises for customers. The connections that act as the “glue” among the four parts will inevitably cause higher latencies and data bottlenecks, resulting in inconsistent performance and responsiveness.

While AMD has been away from the data center, at Intel we have shifted our business to be ‘Data Center first,’ directly reflecting our commitment to prioritizing leading product development for data center needs. We offer an unmatched portfolio of platforms and processors designed from the ground up for customers’ data center requirements, enabling our customers to achieve new levels of performance, security, agility and efficiency with data center-specific processor features including:

  • Platform configurations from 1S-8S and beyond with industry leading platform capabilities including integrated fabric, networking and workload accelerators
  • Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512), delivering up to 2X1 the FLOPS/clock over AVX2
  • Strong performance for technical computing and scientific discovery with the Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor delivering up to 2.27X2 more performance than today’s Intel Xeon processor E5 v4, and up to 8.2X3 more double precision GFLOPS/second when compared to an Intel Xeon processor E5 based system representing the four-year old installed base
  • Integrated Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) hardware acceleration for compute-intensive workloads such as cryptography and data compression
  • Platform capabilities such as Intel® Volume Management Device (VMD), to deliver seamless management of PCIe-based (NVMe) solid state drives, including enabling “hot plug” capability that minimize service interruptions during drive swaps
  • Continuous investment in our broad software ecosystem enabling with hundreds of Intel® Builders, to ensure our customers benefit from an unmatched “out of the box” performance
  • Deep engagement with virtualization leaders to take advantage of Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) and ensure seamless migration of workloads across resource pools.

Our long-standing commitment to data center innovation has also fueled a product portfolio that extends well beyond the CPU, spanning memory/storage, connectivity, accelerators and artificial intelligence, including:

  • Dedicated workload accelerators such as Intel® FPGAs, Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors, and Intel® Nervana™ technology, optimized for specialized & evolving workloads like Artificial Intelligence
  • Amazingly fast Intel® Optane™ SSDs for Data Centers, which can be used across a continuum of data tiering needs including Storage, Caching, and Memory
  • Intel® Silicon Photonics, the world’s only silicon laser, enabling faster data transfer over longer distances compared to traditional electronics

The industry’s focus on security is a sentiment that Intel shares and provides leadership in with a breadth of features (AES-NI, Intel® TXT, Intel QAT, Intel® VT, and more) enabled in a broad range of ecosystem solutions. The Intel Xeon processor’s hardware-based root-of-trust is leveraged by ecosystem partners as a secure foundation for value-add solutions.

The strength of our data center portfolio is evident in the products and capabilities we are continuously introducing to the market, definitively designed for data center usages and evolving workloads. The new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors extend even further the depth and breadth of workloads our portfolio enables, from entry-level workstations and servers, to the world’s largest clouds and mission-critical systems. We believe our data center customers deserve solutions architected for their specific needs – along with a roadmap of innovation designed for the applications of today and the needs of tomorrow.

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[1] http://www.intel.com/avx512
[2] Baseline config: 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2699 v4 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.0 kernel 3.10.0-123 using Intel® Distribution for LINPACK Benchmark, score: 1446.4 GFLOPS/s vs. estimates based on Intel internal testing on 1-Node, 2x Intel Xeon Scalable processor (codename Skylake-SP) system. Score: 3295.57

[3] Baseline config: 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2690 based system on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 6.0 kernel version 2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64 using Intel® Distribution for LINPACK Benchmark. Score: 366.0 GFLOPS/s vs. 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Scalable process on Ubuntu 17.04 using MKL 2017 Update 2. Score: 3007.8

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.  For more complete information visit www.intel.com/benchmarks.

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