Today, when Intel announced its latest 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor, company officers pointed out that the new CPU is not just a component. Instead, they said, it’s part of Intel’s newly reimagined edge-to-cloud portfolio.
The new processor was announced as part of a one-hour livestream entitled “Solve for X.” In this case, X can be whatever world-changing technology your customers are developing.
Navin Shenoy, GM of Intel’s data platform, was among the speakers, and he pointed to 4 inflection points Intel says necessitate a new kind of data-center CPU: hybrid cloud, AI, 5G and edge computing. These changes, he added, are leading to the “fastest, biggest computing build-out in history.”
New platform for new computing
The new 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors have been designed for the cloud, high-speed networks and the edge, Shenoy added.
That includes built-in AI, cryptographic acceleration, hardware-based security, and support for both Intel’s Optane SSDs and Optane Persistent Memory.
Intel says the new Xeon Scalable processors deliver an average performance improvement on popular data-center workloads of 46%. That’s compared with the previous, 2nd gen.
Virtually all the top cloud service providers plan to offer solutions based on the new Xeon Scalable processors soon, Shenoy said. Today’s livestream included presentations from officers of Microsoft, Oracle and Verizon.
As explained by the second main speaker, Lisa Spelman, Intel’s GM of Xeon and memory, the new Xeon processors support 1, 2, 4 and 8-socket configurations. Up to 40 cores are possible, and up to 64 lanes of the PCIe 4.0, the latest version.
AI is provided, in part, by Intel’s Deep Learning Boost. And hardware-based security is coming from Intel Software Guard Extension (SGX).
Spelman also said a new version, Xeon D, is now sampling. It’s designed for what she called “form-factor-constrained environments.”
The new Intel Xeon Scalable processors are also being supported by Intel’s 2 solutions programs: Market Ready Solutions and Intel Select Solutions. Intel says these programs now offer more than 500 ready-to-deploy solutions for IoT that are supported by the new CPUs.
The morning’s third speaker was Intel’s new CEO, Pat Gelsinger. He was careful to spell out that Intel is now focused on providing solutions that matter.
“We are no longer just the CPU company,” he insisted.
Gelsinger also introduced a new series of “innovation events” called Intel On. The first event in the series, he added, will be held in San Francisco in October.