A recent AnandTech post gave me pause. As the leader of Intel’s efforts in Visual Cloud which include our Intel® Xeon® processor E3 family with integrated graphics, I thought everyone knew that there were many (and growing number of) options for getting Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics in a server system. Obviously, we’ve not done a good job of getting the word out. I’m using this post to let you know what systems are in volume production that support our latest generation Intel Iris Pro Graphics and with it, Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel’s video processing acceleration technology.
A few caveats first: we don’t track all the systems that may be out there so apologies if I’ve missed any. Also, more are coming from new suppliers all the time so this blog represents a snapshot of what I know as of yearend 2015. If you know of ones missed, feel free to post in the comment space below. We also don’t endorse, promote, or certify any specific platform or vendor or their capabilities. You’ll have to check directly with that supplier with any questions about the level of support that they provide for Intel’s flagship visual cloud technologies: Iris Pro Graphics and Quick Sync Video.
A quick cheat to figure out if system might be able to support Intel’s visual cloud technologies. If a server system supports the Intel Xeon processor E3 v4 family and uses the Intel® C226 Chipset, it has the basic capability to use our visual cloud technologies. This is not an absolute answer because sometimes we’ve run into BIOS or other issues that prevent the technologies from working. The ones listed below have been used for visual cloud applications by solution providers and service providers. Typically, a user would populate these servers with the Intel Xeon E3-1285L v4 processor to get the maximum performance per watt. Please refer to the manufacturer’s web site for more information on specific systems.
There are three main types of systems that enable Intel visual cloud technologies.
- For scaled data center environments, Dense Server Systems that contain multiple Xeon processor E3 based nodes in a single chassis are most common. The systems in this class that I’m aware of are (in no particular order):
- Hewlett Packard Enterprises* HP Moonshot System* using the HP ProLiant* m710 Server Cartridge (Intel® microarchitecture codename Haswell) or HP ProLiant m710p Server Cartridge (Intel microarchitecture codename Broadwell)
- Supermicro* MicroCloud* (5038ML-H8TRF) and X10 MicroBlade* with MBI-6118D-T4H blade.
- Kontron* Symkloud* MS2910
- Quanta* STRATOS* S910-X31E
- Cirrascale* RM3494 and RM1622DX
- EmbedWay* DS7400
- Cisco* UCS* M-Series Modular Servers
- For more traditional 1U and 2U Rack Mount Server Systems with single socket Xeon processor E3-1200 V3/V4 capability:
- Finally, in some environments, it’s useful to be able to land Intel visual cloud technologies in a more general purpose server system. For that purpose, there are two PCI Express* (PCIe) accelerator cards available. These plug into standard PCIe slots that meet the specific space and power requirements for the cards. A number of OEM and distributors provide these cards pre-integrated into server systems.
- Artesyn* SharpStreamer* PCIE-7207 (Contains four Intel® Dual Core processor i7-5650U 2.2 GHz with Intel® HD Graphics 6000) and SharpStreamer* Mini PCIE-7205 (contains 1 or 2 Intel® Dual Core processor i5-5350U with Intel® HD Graphics 6000). These cards are known to be compatible with:
- Intel® Visual Compute Accelerator (Contains three Intel Xeon processor E3 v4 with Intel Iris Pro graphics). These cards are known to be compatible with:
I hope that gives you plenty of systems to choose from. If you want more info out Intel’s efforts in Visual Cloud Computing, please see: http://www.intel.com/visualcloud.