It’s been a few weeks since Intel announced the Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform, and I’ve been blown away by how enthusiastically customers have adopted these industry-leading processors. Fueled by advances like the Intel® Mesh Architecture, additional cores, expanded memory and I/O, and Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512), this new platform has the performance and capabilities that enable customers to “fast forward” achievement of their most important goals. System vendors have moved from early ship programs to volume production of Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based solutions and already have delivered 58 world record benchmark results. Customers have benefited from the broad workload optimized advancements delivered by leading software and solution providers prior to Intel Xeon Scalable platform market entry. End users such as Telefonica, Microsoft, and BBVA are quickly deploying these servers to tackle their toughest challenges.
Today, the momentum of Xeon Scalable processors continues to advance as Intel introduces two new workstation processors designed for technical professionals and innovators to fast-forward to their next creation: the new state of the art Intel Xeon Scalable processors for workstations and Intel® Xeon® W processors.
The Big Picture
These new Intel Xeon processors for workstations deliver the features and capabilities elite professionals need to bring their digital creations to life. Whether it’s professional-grade virtual or augmented reality, content creation in full 8K resolution, advanced computer-aided design and simulation, or innovations we’ve yet to discover, these robust processors empower creative and technical professionals with tools to match their imaginations.
Putting Xeon Processors to Work for Stunning VR, Designs, and Creation
We expect that workstations fueled by the new Xeon processors will ship from our OEM partners this fall. Dell, HP Inc., Lenovo, and Fujitsu are among the companies with a broad range of innovative workstations that take advantage of these new powerful Xeon processors.
“HP workstation customers will enthusiastically adopt next-generation workstations with Intel’s latest Intel Xeon Scalable platform architecture,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, Z Workstations, HP Inc. “Power-hungry companies focusing on VR, computational design, and machine learning require the highest level of workstation performance and the innovation and reliability HP delivers.”
“Lenovo Workstations is excited to support Intel’s latest and most powerful CPUs across our entire portfolio – providing users across industries new flexibility and robust features to manage their most mission critical professional workloads, helping them get the job done efficiently,” said Rob Herman, general manager for Lenovo Workstations
“Dell Precision turns 20 this year and celebrates by pushing the boundaries with the latest Intel processors,” said Rahul Tikoo, vice president and general manager, Dell Precision workstations. “The new Intel Xeon Scalable and Intel Xeon W processors are ideal options for our Precision customers that demand unprecedented compute power for their intensely creative workflows.”
End users like Technicolor adopted workstations and servers based on Intel Xeon Scalable processors to push the boundaries of their work. Marcie Jastrow, senior vice president, immersive media, and head of The Technicolor Experience Center, said of the platform's capabilities for immersive media workloads,
“The improvements in the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors are huge for us because it allows us to adhere to budgets. It allows us to adhere to delivery timelines. It allows us to further move the experiences on the creative.” (Watch the video: Groundbreaking Experiences in VR.)
We are also excited about the Intel Xeon W processor family’s ability to accelerate end-users’ work and creativity. Many sectors will benefit, including financial services, energy, life sciences, product development, and operations. End users updating to a new workstation with an Intel Xeon processor W-2155 and modern graphics can realize performance boosts of up to 3.3x for media and entertainment workloads compared to a four-year-old system[i], increasing productivity and reducing barriers to innovation.
A Dynamic Duo
With the Intel Xeon Scalable and Intel Xeon W processors for workstations, we delivered computational powerhouses tailored to professionals who demand the best performance and creative agility.
- Intel Xeon Scalable processors for one- or two-socket expert workstations arm professionals with world-record compute performance, hardware-based acceleration for the widest range of workstation software applications, and low-latency, high-throughput access to storage and network resources. Elite workstations utilizing two Intel Xeon Scalable processors offer up to 56 cores, 77MB of last level cache, 3TB of system memory and 96 lanes of generation 3 PCI Express*.
- Intel Xeon W processors for advanced one-socket workstations deliver performance optimizations, enhanced memory capabilities, hardware-enhanced security, and advanced reliability features for those who need greater capabilities than those found in entry workstations. This single-socket processor with 4 to 18 cores was designed specifically for the needs of mainstream workstation professionals.
Proven Performance and Advanced Features
These are ideal processors for powering computationally intensive workloads. I’m pleased to report that the Intel Xeon Scalable processor for workstations delivers up to 1.65x performance in comparison to the previous generation[ii] and up to 2.71x on a four-year refresh[iii]. The Intel Xeon W processor delivers up to 1.38x performance in comparison to the previous generation[iv].
Designed and manufactured to perform in always-on usage scenarios, these processors also deliver greater reliability — thanks to features like our Error Correction Code (ECC) hardware circuitry that helps increase system uptime.
Fast Forward to Your <Next> Creation with new Intel Xeon-based
Ready to learn more about gaining the ultimate performance with professional-grade workstations based on Intel Xeon processors? Visit intel.com/xeonworkstations and intel.com/xeonw, and to learn more about the Intel Xeon Scalable platform, visit intel.com/xeonscalable.
[i] Results have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. 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 information go to http://www.intel.com/performance/datacenter.
Configurations: 1-Node, 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1680 v2 on Romley-EP Crownpass system with 32GB of memory on Microsoft* Windows* 7 Enterprise 64-bit using AMD* FirePro* W5000 DVI graphics card and ATA TOSHIBA MK1002TS SCSI Disk Device compared to 1-Node, Intel® Xeon® W-2155 Processor on a Basin falls RVP system with 128GB of memory on Microsoft* Windows* 10 Enterprise edition using Nvidia* Quadro P2000 graphics card Intel® SSD S3710 400GB for OS, P3700 800GB for workload.
[ii] Up to 1.65X performance gen-on-gen. Config: Based on best-published two-socket SPECfp*_rate_base2006 result submitted to/published at http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/ as of 11 July 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 Processor on Huawei 2288H V5 with 384 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 (x86_64) Kernel 4.4.21-69-default, using C/C++ and Fortran: Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel C/C++ and Intel Fortran Compiler for Linux. Source: submitted to www.spec.org, SPECfp*_rate_base2006 Score: 1850 compared to 1 node, 2x x Intel® Xeon® E5-2699A v4 on Lenovo Group Limited Lenovo System x3650 M5 using 256 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (x86_64) Kernel 3.12.49-11-default C/C++: Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel C/C++ Compiler for Linux; Fortran: Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel Fortran Compiler for Linux. Source: https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2016q4/cpu2006-20161129-45946.html; SPECfp*_rate_base2006 Score: 1120
[iii] Up to 2.71X performance versus a 4 year old workstation. Config: Based on best-published two-socket SPECfp*_rate_base2006 result submitted to/published at http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/ as of 11 July 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 Processor on Huawei 2288H V5 with 384 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 (x86_64) Kernel 4.4.21-69-default, using C/C++ and Fortran: Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel C/C++ and Intel Fortran Compiler for Linux. Source: submitted to www.spec.org, SPECfp*_rate_base2006 Score: 1850 compared to 1-Node, 1 node, 2x Intel® Xeon® E5-2697 v2 on Cisco Systems Cisco UCS C220 M3 using 128 GB total memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.4 (Santiago) 2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64 C/C++: Version 14.0.0.080 of Intel C++ Studio XE for Linux; Fortran: Version 4.0.0.080 of Intel Fortran Studio XE for Linux. Source: https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2013q4/cpu2006-20130923-26455.html SPECfp*_rate_base2006 Score: 682
[iv] Up to 1.38X performance versus previous generation. Config: 1-Node, 1 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1680 v4 on on Supermicro SYS_5038A-A with 128 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.3 kernel 3.10.0-514.16.1.el7x86_64 using C/C++: Version 126.96.36.1999 of Intel C/C++ Compiler for Linux, AVX2 Data Source: Request Number: 3822, Benchmark: SPECint*_rate_base2006, Score: 449 Higher is better; vs 1-Node, 1 x Intel® Xeon® W-2155 Processor on Basin Falls RVP with 128 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.3 using CPU2006-1.2-ic17.0u3-lin-binaries-20170411. Data Source: Request Number: 3821, Benchmark: SPECint*_rate_base2006, Score: 622 Higher is better.