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Here come servers based on the latest 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors

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by Peter Krass on 05/13/2021
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

The new 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, announced in April, are now shipping to OEMs. That means you and your customers can now purchase data-center servers powered by Intel’s latest CPUs.

These new processors offer your customers improvements in performance, security and more. They’re designed to support key workloads across cloud, AI, high-performance computing (HPC), networking and IoT.

The 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors are based on the company’s 10nm process technology, and supported on the Whitley Platform for 1 and 2 socket solutions. They’re the only data-center CPUs with built-in AI acceleration. And the first Intel processors to support the new PCIe 4.0 standard.

In addition, the new processors have been designed to work optimally with the new Intel Optane Persistent Memory 200 Series, available in sizes ranging from 128 to 512 GB.

The 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors also support Intel Select Solutions, a catalog of ISV-certified, OEM-validated solutions verified by Intel. The new processors are supported by solutions for AI, analytics, cloud, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), network, HPC and security.

Benefits galore

Here are some of the key value propositions that the new 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors offer your data-center customers:

> Optimization for AI, cloud, enterprise, HPC, network, security and Internet of Things (IoT) workloads.

> The only data-center CPU with built-in AI acceleration, end-to-end data science tools, and an ecosystem of smart solutions supporting app and service deployments from the edge to the cloud.

> Optimization and engineering for the demanding requirements of cloud workloads to support a wide range of XaaS environments.

> Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) to protect data and application code while in use from the edge to the data center. It also enables new protection for multitenant public-cloud collaboration, yet without compromising privacy.

> Intel Crypto Acceleration to increase the performance of encryption-intense workloads while reducing the performance impacts of pervasive encryption.

Greater performance

As previously announced, the new 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors offer up to 1.46x general compute performance gain over the 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

That’s the case even though 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors’ frequency—up to 3.7GHz for single-core Turbo—is actually lower than that of the 2nd gen Xeon Scalables.

For that, you can thank a new architecture. This architecture also features:

> Up to 40 cores (vs. 28 max in 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor)

> Up to 6TB system memory per socket

> Up to 8 channels of DDR4-3200 2DPC per socket

> Up to 2.6x memory capacity over 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor

> Up to 64 lanes of PCIe 4.0 per socket

Security gets an upgrade in the new processors, too. That includes Intel SGX, Intel Platform Firmware Resilience, Intel Total Memory Encryption, and Intel Crypto Acceleration.

AI acceleration is another key new feature. That comes courtesy of Intel Deep Learning Boost, Intel AVX-512, VBMI and DIDO. AI packages are also available via Intel Select Solutions.

SKUs for the new 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors are available in Silver, Gold and Platinum. Re pricing, Intel says the new CPUs will be offered at the same or lower price points than 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

Do your data-center customers need new servers for today’s new wave of advanced workloads? Tell them about the new 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

Learn more:

> Product Brief: 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors

> SKU table: 3rd gen Intel Scalable processors

> Fact sheet: 3rd gen Intel Scalable processors

 

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