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Intel Rolls Out 48-Core Cascade Lake-SP Xeon Processors for HPC, AI, & Data-centric Workloads

Navin Shenoy from Intel displays a wafer containing Intel Xeon processors.

Today Intel unveiled a new portfolio of data-centric solutions consisting of “Cascade Lake-SP” Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Optane DC memory and storage solutions, and software and platform technologies optimized to help its customers extract more value from their data.

Today’s announcements reflect Intel’s new data-centric strategy,” said Navin Shenoy, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group. “The portfolio of products announced today underscores our unmatched ability to move, store and process data across the most demanding workloads from the data center to the edge. Our 2nd-Generation Xeon Scalable processor with built-in AI acceleration and support for the revolutionary Intel Optane DC persistent memory will unleash the next wave of growth for our customers.”

Highlights:

  • Intel announces general availability of the 2nd-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor optimized for customers’ most demanding processing requirements from the intelligent edge to the cloud, and across artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G.
  • Intel introduces more than 50 workload-optimized Intel Xeon processors, complemented by dozens of custom processors designed with deep engineering engagements with our customers, including a new class of leadership performance with a 56-core, 12 memory channel Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processor.
  • New features built into the 2nd-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors include integrated Intel® Deep Learning Boost (Intel® DL Boost) for AI deep learning inferencing acceleration and support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory, the revolutionary technology that brings affordable, high-capacity persistent memory to Intel’s data-centric computing portfolio.
  • Intel introduces Intel Agilex FPGAs, a new 10nm Intel FPGA that will deliver flexible hardware acceleration for the data-centric era.

Intel continues to deliver performance leadership with the introduction of the 56-core, 12 memory channel Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 This processor is designed to deliver leadership socket-level performance and unprecedented DDR memory bandwidth in a wide variety of high-performance computing (HPC) workloads, AI applications and high-density infrastructure.

Intel is disrupting the memory and storage market with key technologies that bridge cost and performance gaps in the memory and storage hierarchy. Memory and storage are vital to the computing experience, and with the introduction of Intel Optane DC persistent memory, combined with additions to the Intel Optane SSD and Intel QLC 3D NAND SSD families, Intel is enabling businesses to remove the bottlenecks that restrict the flow and readiness of data for processing.

The latest memory and storage solutions available today from Intel include:

  • Intel Optane DC persistent memory brings breakthrough storage-class memory capacity to the Intel Xeon Scalable platform.
  • Intel Optane SSD DC D4800X (Dual Port) combines the performance of Intel Optane DC SSDs with the data resilience required by mission-critical high-availability enterprise IT applications. Dual port capability adds redundancy to the data path to deliver continued data access in the event of failures or service operations and upgrades.
  • Intel SSD D5-P4326 (Intel QLC 3D NAND) is an addition to Intel’s first-to-market PCIe QLC NAND SSDs for the data center. Using 64-Layer QLC technology (4 bits/cell), the product family delivers large affordable capacities to read-intensive cloud workloads. Additional cost optimizations on the Intel SSD D5-P4326 enable it to help accelerate HDD displacement in warm storage.

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Santa Fe, Bob Burroughs from Intel presents an update on the company’s HPC, Ai, and Data-centric technologies.

Availability

The 2nd-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, the Intel Xeon D-1600 processor, Intel Optane DC persistent memory and Intel SSD D5-P4326 are all in general availability today. The Intel Ethernet 800 Series adapter is sampling today, with production scheduled for 2019’s third quarter. The new Intel Agilex FPGA family of 10nm FPGAs will start sampling in the second half of 2019. Intel expects systems with Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processors to start shipping in the first half of 2019 and ramping in the second half of the year. Availability of the Intel Optane DC SSD D4800X will be disclosed at a later date.

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