Taking the Edge to New Heights

Last summer, I had the unique honor of leading Intel’s product delivery of the Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform – our biggest data center advancement in a decade, bringing new levels of performance, agility and security to the data center core. Since the introduction of the Intel Xeon Scalable platform, we’ve seen tremendous customer adoption across enterprise and service provider data center customer environments. It has been incredible to see the entire industry deliver innovation founded on the Intel Xeon Scalable platform, and utilize this innovation to fuel new business opportunity.

Today, I’m thrilled to share that we have extended this capability to our Intel Xeon D processor line with the introduction of the Intel Xeon D-2100 processor family, which brings the ground-breaking Intel Xeon Scalable processor architecture to edge applications and other workloads that require power and performance density.

As data-driven services are becoming more pervasive and complex, they require more compute and intelligence closer to consumer and commercial “endpoint” devices that are both generating and acting on data at the “edge” (e.g. smart phones, IOT sensors and autonomous cars). By expanding the capabilities of the data center outward to the network edge, solution providers can process more data closer to endpoint devices, reducing application latency and opening up a whole new world of potential services and experiences.

The new Intel Xeon D-2100 processor brings advanced intelligence to a lower-power system-on-a-chip (SoC) for edge environments as well as other applications with space and power constraints, including power-sensitive web tier compute and storage infrastructure. The processor’s SoC form factor is optimized for lower power consumption and smaller size with integrated, hardware-enhanced network, security and acceleration capabilities in a single package. That makes the new processor especially well-suited for such applications as:

Communication service providers using low-latency and high-bandwidth Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) to deliver rich experiences such as 5GCommunication service providers using low-latency and high-bandwidth Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) to deliver rich experiences such as 5G and support massive data-generating and consuming services such as virtual/augmented reality and autonomous driving;

Communication service providers delivering customized enterprise networking services, like Virtual Private Networks (VPN), firewalls, routing through Software Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN)Communication service providers delivering customized enterprise networking services, like Virtual Private Networks (VPN), firewalls, routing through Software Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN), and workload optimizations through Network Function Virtualization (NFVi);

Cloud service providers delivering dense, power-sensitive workloads closer to endpoints, such as web-tier and content delivery networks

 

Cloud service providers delivering dense, power-sensitive workloads closer to endpoints, such as web-tier and content delivery networks;

Enterprises and service providers deploying warm storage solutions that require advanced storage features and capabilities in a smaller, energy-efficient footprint

 

Enterprises and service providers deploying warm storage solutions that require advanced storage features and capabilities in a smaller, energy-efficient footprint.

Integrated capabilities of the Intel Xeon D-2100 processor include hardware-enhanced virtualization technologies, quad-port 10 gigabit Ethernet (4x10 GbE), 16 Serial ATA (SATA) ports, Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512), and enhanced Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) with up to 100 Gbps of cryptography, decryption and encryption acceleration. Increased Intel QAT performance is particularly helpful for offloading task-bound cycles and providing CPU headroom for demanding applications and service delivery. The new processor also offers Intel Data Direct I/O, which increases packet performance and efficiency for networking and edge analytics applications.

The Intel Xeon D-2100 processor also features the same breakthrough Intel® Mesh architecture as our Intel Xeon Scalable processors, delivering predictable performance and latency, and higher confidence to consistently meet stringent service level expectations. Sharing the same architecture can also lessen the complexity, time and cost required for validation of new systems for our customers who have already worked with us to validate Intel Xeon Scalable platforms.

The Intel Xeon D-2100 processor offers up to 1.6x general compute performance1, up to 2.9x network performance2, and up to 2.8x storage performance3 as compared to the previous-generation Intel Xeon D-1500 processor. Today signals the general availability of the processor in the market, and we are working with industry leaders including Dell EMC, Ericsson, F5, NEC, NetApp, Palo Alto Net and Supermicro on to deliver solutions to our joint end-customers.

To learn more about edge computing and the new Intel Xeon D-2100 processor, visit http://www.intel.com/xeond.


The benchmark results reported above may need to be revised as additional testing is conducted. The results depend on the specific platform configurations and workloads utilized in the testing, and may not be applicable to any particular user’s components, computer system or workloads. The results are not necessarily representative of other benchmarks and other benchmark results may show greater or lesser impact from mitigations.
Benchmark results were obtained prior to implementation of recent software patches and firmware updates intended to address exploits referred to as "Spectre" and "Meltdown." Implementation of these updates may make these results inapplicable to your device or system.
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 about benchmarks and performance test results, go to www.intel.com/benchmarks.
1 – Up to 1.6X performance improvement with Intel® Xeon® D-2183IT processor compared with previous generation Intel® Xeon® D-1581 processor on Integer application throughput. Configuration and workload details: SPECrate*2017_int_base - estimates based on measurements on Intel Internal hardware: 1-Intel® Xeon® D-1581 processor (24M, 1.80 GHz), 4x16GB(64GB 2133MHz Micron 36ASF2G72PZ-2G6B1) ,OS: redhat-7.4(3.10.0-693.el7.x86_64 x86_64) ,Compiler: IC18 ,BIOS: 1.0b, Storage: Intel SSD S3520 800GB," Network Device: NA, Network Speed: NA, QAT version: NA, Score: 44. compared to 1-Intel® Xeon® D-2183IT Processor (22M, 2.20 GHz), 4x16GB(64GB 2400MHz Micron 36ASF2G72PZ-2G6B1) ,OS: redhat-7.4(3.10.0-693.el7.x86_64 x86_64) ,Compiler: IC18 ,BIOS: BKVDTRL1.86B.0005.D08.1712070559, Storage: Intel SSD S3520 800GB," Network Device: NA, Network Speed: NA, QAT version: NA, Score: 72.1
2 – Up to 2.9X performance improvement with Intel® Xeon® D-2187NT processor compared with previous generation Intel® Xeon® D-1553N processor on web server throughput with integrated Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT). Configuration and workload details: NGINX webserver: 1-Intel® Xeon® D-1553N Processor (12M, 2.30 GHz) Platform: Echo Canyon, 4x8GB(32GB 2400MHz Samsung* M494A1G43DB0-CPB) ,OS: Ubuntu* 16.04.2(4.4.0-21) ,Benchmark: NGINX (1.9.6*)-Webserver Throughput Intel® QAT (ECDHE-ECDSA Max Performance), Compiler: NA,BIOS: BIOS :GNVDINT1.86B.0010.D22.1611201908, Storage: NA," Network Device: 2x Intel® Ethernet Controller X710 (4x 10G/card), Network Speed: NA, Intel® QAT version: 1.0.3-42, Score: 15.7. compared to 1-Intel® Xeon® D-2187NT Processor (22M, 2.0 GHz) Platform: Yuba City, 4x16GB(64GB 2666MHz Micron* 36ASF2G72PZ-2G6B2) ,OS: Ubuntu* 17.10(4.13.0-21-lowlatency) ,Benchmark: NGINX(1.10.3)-Webserver Throughput Intel® QAT (ECDHE-ECDSA Max Performance), Compiler: NA,BIOS: BIOS :BKVDTRL1.86B.0005.D08.1712070559, Storage: NA," Network Device: 4x Intel® Ethernet Controller X710DA2 (2x 25G/card), Network Speed: NA, Intel® QAT version: 1.0.3-42, Score: 46.8
3 – Up to 2.8X on ISA-L (Cryptographic Hashing) with Intel® Xeon® D-2183IT processor compared with previous generation Intel® Xeon® D-1587 processor. Configuration and workload details: ISA-L (Cryptographic Hashing): 1-Intel® Xeon® D-1587 Processor (24M, 1.70 GHz) Platform: Durango, 4x8GB(32GB 2400MHz ) ,OS: Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.4(Kernel 3.10.0-693.el7.x86_64) ,Benchmark: ISA-L (2.21)- Crytographic Hasshing (multibinary_sha512), Compiler: NA,BIOS: GNVDINT1.86B.0085.V13.1512071754, Storage: 4 x 2 TB DC P3700 Series PCIe NVMe," Network Device: NA, Network Speed: 1x50GbE, Intel® QuickAssist Technology version: NA, Score: 3.074. compared to 1-Intel® Xeon® D-2183IT Processor (22M, 2.20 GHz) Platform: Yuba City, 4x8GB(32GB 2400MHz ) ,OS: Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.4(Kernel 3.10.0-693.el7.x86_64) ,Benchmark: ISA-L (2.21)- Crytographic Hasshing (multibinary_sha512), Compiler: NA,BIOS: BKVDTRL1.86B.0005.D08.1712070559, Storage: 4 x 1.6 TB DC P4600 Series PCIe NVMe," Network Device: NA, Network Speed: 2x50GbE, Intel® QuickAssist Technology version: NA, Score: 1.075