Intel at SAP TechEd: Sharing the Bounty of Co-Engineering

Whether it’s SAP TechEd in Las Vegas or Barcelona, the show is always a great experience. As SAP’s premier technology education event, it’s where developers, IT architects, engineers, system and database administrators, data modelers, and designers gather to hone their SAP skills. You have the opportunity to attend hundreds of sessions with solution experts on best practices and how-to tips, and get insights into new technologies.

SAP TechEd is also a conference where you get to exchange ideas and connect with industry leaders and other IT professionals at a really practical level, with lots of opportunities for hands-on training, networking, and collaboration. For a quick overview of the Intel highlights from SAP TechEd Barcelona, see this SAP FB Live video.

SAP TechEd Las Vegas kicked off with a keynote by Bernd Leukert that discussed the company’s commitment to a more open cloud. One of his most significant announcements on this theme was that ABAP, the development environment that serves as the backend for all on-premise SAP applications, is now available on the SAP Cloud Platform. This makes it possible for software programmers with ABAP skills to develop ABAP applications and extensions that run natively in the public cloud. The new functionality will help partners and customers accelerate the delivery of new cloud-based apps and functionality for SAP customers. Speaking of cloud, Google Cloud just announced first availability of virtual machines supporting Intel Optane DC persistent memory for SAP workloads.

Introducing Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory

This year was also the first TechEd since we unveiled Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory in June; the event gave both Intel and SAP the opportunity to introduce the new technology and discuss its many benefits with the vast ecosystem of SAP users. There’s a reason that we were excited to spread the news about our new persistent memory technology: SAP HANA* 2.0 SPS 03 is the first major database to support Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory, which speaks to the long history of partnership, collaboration, and co-innovation that exists between Intel and SAP. To learn more this jointly-developed technology, watch this video with Intel's Lisa Davis and SAP's Chris Hallenbeck, who discuss how the companies worked together to develop persistent memory and address its many benefits for SAP customers.

Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory represents an entirely new paradigm for managing data for demanding workloads like SAP HANA. Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory changes SAP HANA and SAP S4/HANA* software parameters by enabling new configurations between memory and storage. In fact, SAP re-architected the latest SPS 03 version of the HANA database to natively recognize Intel’s new persistent memory, reshaping how businesses tier their data for database systems to help reduce total cost of ownership and open up new use cases for the speed and power of the SAP HANA platform. For an overview of how Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory can help transform business, watch Susan Marquez, Intel’s director of Global Demand Center, interview me on this SAP Live video.

Together, SAP and Intel are delivering the optimal purpose-built processor and platform combination for the intelligent enterprises of the future by providing new, cost-effective means of deriving insights faster and from larger datasets—to gain and maintain a competitive edge. This collaboration by SAP and Intel will also help drive other innovations in the memory-storage hierarchy with new consolidation, data replication and high availability use cases. For more information, visit our infographic, What’s in Your Analytics Briefcase?

In fact, Intel is such a strong believer in Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory that Intel IT, the company’s internal datacenter and technology service, is an early adopter of the technology.

Demos of Joint Intel and SAP Innovations

Intel also offered a number of demos to showcase how SAP and Intel are co-innovating on some of the most challenging new technology breakthroughs in a variety of industries. We even shot a SAP Facebook Live video of me introducing a few of my favorite Intel booth demos.

The demos included:

  • High-Accuracy Machine Learning Models Drive Intelligent and Efficient ETL Data Mapping, which discussed how machine learning and deep learning algorithms can be directly connected to SAP HANA through SAP HANA External Machine Learning (EML) to run Google Tensorflow models on standard Intel® Xeon® processor-based platforms provide high performance ETL data mapping without memory-restricting the algorithms, as is common with GPU-based processing. The Intel® Xeon® processor-based platform also allows the potential for running multiple training runs in parallel for faster results.
  • The Open Visual Inference & Neural Network Optimization (OpenVINO™) Toolkit, which introduced a joint reference architecture from Intel and SAP to support building platforms that use vibration analysis and machine learning to reduce manufacturing defects. Already in use in Intel® manufacturing, these systems employ SAP Edge Services* running on an Intel®-based gateway to analyze massive amounts of IoT data at the edge using machine learning algorithms to detect production errors. Watch a quick video overview of this demo.
  • Trusted Execution on Blockchain for Off-Chain Smart Contracts, which described how Intel® processor technologies in combination with new SAP blockchain software and services can improve the privacy, security, scalability, and trust across blockchain networks. In particular, hardware-based security features in Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors increase the speed and security of smart contract transactions in blockchain networks

Learn how SAP HANA revolutionizes data management with Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory:

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About Tim Allen

Tim is a strategic relationship manager for Intel driving enablement for enterprise software companies related to the cloud, big data, analytics, AEC, commercial VR, datacenter, and IoT. Tim has 20+ years of industry experience including work as a systems analyst, developer, system administrator, enterprise systems trainer, product marketing engineer, and marketing program manager. Prior to Intel Tim worked at IBM, Tektronix, Intersolv, Sequent and Con-Way Logistics. Tim holds a BSEE in computer engineering from BYU and an MBA in finance from the University of Portland. Specialties include - PMP, MCSE, CNA, HP-UX, AIX, Shell, Perl, C++