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Check out Intel’s new SoC for software-defined networks & edge

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by Peter Krass on 02/24/2022
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

Intel got a head start on the big MWC conference in Barcelona, which starts on Feb. 28, by today introducing the newest members of the Intel Xeon processor family, the Intel Xeon D-2700 and D-1700.

The Intel Xeon D processors are system-on-chip (SoC) devices designed specifically for software-defined networks and the edge.

Intel Xeon D processors

New features include integrated AI and cryptography acceleration, built-in Ethernet, support for Intel Time Coordinated Computing and Time Sensitive Networking.

On beyond the data center

It’s all about extending compute beyond the data center — and making networks more open, flexible and scalable. “The network,” Nick McKeown, general manager of Intel’s Network and Edge Group (NEX), said during today’s presentation, “is moving to software and programmable platforms.”

To back this up, Intel points to Gartner’s forecast that fully half of all data will be created and processed outside traditional data centers by as soon as 2025 — that’s less than 3 years off.

Intel further expects the global market for network and edge infrastructure to reach an impressive and lucrative $77 billion by 2026.

Under the hood

The new Xeon processors feature industrial-class reliability, multiple hardware-based security capabilities and up to 56 high-speed PCIe lanes to support high-bandwidth networks with up to 100Gb Ethernet.

The Intel Xeon D-1700 is scalable from 4 to 10 cores. And the Intel Xeon D-2700 is scalable from 4 to 20 cores. Cache capacities range from 5 MB to 30 MB. And the processors’ maximum Turbo frequencies range from 1.7 GHz to 3.4 GHz.

Performance improvements over previous-generation processors are pretty impressive. Here are a few, courtesy of Intel:

> Up to 2.4x improvement for visual processing inference

> Up to 1.7x for complex networking workloads

> Up to 1.5x for SD-WAN, SASE and edge use cases with IPSec

> Up to 1.8x for application delivery controller, and security appliance use cases with TLS

> Up to 1.56x for communication appliances

As part of Intel’s shift to a more open approach, the company is working with several partners on Intel Xeon D processor designs. These partners include Cisco, Juniper Networks and Rakuten.

And more!

Intel had a big day. The company also announced what officials there are calling the biggest upgrade to the OpenVINO since the toolkit’s introduction.

Called OpenVINO 2022.1, it features an updated and simplified API; broadened model coverage; and a new automatic optimization capability.

Intel also made some pre-announcements regarding its next-generation Intel Xeon scalable processor, code-named Sapphire Rapids. These new Xeon CPUs, Intel says, will offer new features that include 5G-specific signal-processing instruction enhancements and optimizations for vRAN (virtualized radio access network) workloads.

Intel is already working with several partners on Sapphire Rapids implementations. These partners include Samsung, Ericsson and Rakuten.

The company even has a new, edgy tagline: “Where there’s 5G, there’s Intel.”

Get on edge:

> Explore the Intel Xeon D processors

> View Intel Xeon D processor SKUs

> Read a blog post: Intel Xeon D processors: Built for the Edge, by Jennifer Panhorst


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