With Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, Software Partners Bring Big Advances to Data Centers

Data centers play a critical role in modern business. They handle huge amounts of data, fuel applications, power the cloud, and facilitate the generation of key insights for companies large and small. Businesses rely on them to deliver high-quality services to their customers — it’s important that they can process the information companies need as quickly as possible.

The recently launched Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors are the largest platform advancement for data centers this decade. This new platform will provide enterprises with advanced capabilities and unprecedented performance levels needed to stay ahead. At the same time, these new processors will deliver enhanced security, reliability, and agility.

Software providers, like Intel’s software partners, power data processing and other common data center tasks. Leading software applications have taken a big leap forward, providing valuable data and services even faster.

A New Name for New Processor Innovations

Intel Xeon Scalable processors combine the previously known Intel Xeon processor E5 and E7 product families into a single, flexible, scalable platform while providing significant advancements in core performance, memory bandwidth/capacity, I/O, storage, and network technologies.

Enterprises can now choose the processor that fits their workload, performance, and reliability requirements — from entry-level Bronze SKUs to the premium Platinum options — in two-socket, four-socket, or higher configurations.

With options for integrated technologies such as Intel QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) and Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, as well as the availability of new instructions such as Intel® Advanced Vector Instructions 512 (Intel® AVX-512), the new Scalable family allows enterprises to further customize their platforms. These choices and integrations are what make this new processor family the most flexible yet.

Strong Software Ecosystem for the Latest Platform

Dozens of Intel software partners spanning high-performance computing, enterprise applications, communications services, and cloud service providers have tested the new Intel Xeon Scalable platform and seen significant performance improvements.

Take Exasol, a scalable, in-memory, clustered database. This database saw as much as 2.14x faster performance with 4S Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processors compared to previous generation processors. This improvement was the result of the new micro-architecture and higher cores. For enterprise customers, this performance increase could lead to having more concurrent users and potentially lower costs.  

High-performance computing also benefits significantly from these new processors, as demonstrated by Altair’s RADIOSS, a leading structural analysis solver. RADIOSS helps improve the safety, crashworthiness, and manufacturability of structural designs. With the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6148 processor, RADIOSS 2017 saw up to 2.1x faster performance, allowing customers to run more complex simulations. Additional cores and improved memory bandwidth in the Intel Xeon Gold 6148 were partially responsible for the performance boost; Intel AVX-512 also contributed and provided a lower power footprint.

AsiaInfo, another Intel software partner and the largest Telco business support system (BSS) provider in China, combined several Intel technologies and saw big performance gains. The company used the Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processor, Intel QAT, and Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drive DC P4800X, which sped up customer-facing operations, provided fast encryption/decryption of data, and improved cost efficiency.

Intel Xeon Scalable processors have had a significant impact on performance in the cloud too. LeCloud’s Video Transcoding service improved the video streaming experience for users with the Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processor and Intel AVX-512 by reducing latency in video transcoding.

Performance gains like these can make a big difference for customers, especially when complex, latency-sensitive workloads are involved. As the demand on applications for high-performance computing, real-time analytics, and artificial intelligence continues to grow, data centers will need to scale seamlessly to meet those requirements for enterprises to remain competitive. The Intel Xeon Scalable processors are designed for this purpose. Learn more about them and the ecosystem of software partners with real-world application performance on this latest platform.