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Leadership Performance with 2nd-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

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This past spring, Intel launched its 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor, a server-class processor. According to Intel, the new processor family includes Intel Deep Learning Boost for AI deep learning inference acceleration, fresh features and support for Intel Octane DC (data center) persistent memory, and more.

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These processors will continue to deliver leadership performance with up to 56 cores per CPU socket and 12 DDR4 memory channels per socket ― “making them ideal for a wide variety of HPC, AI and analytics applications with high-density infrastructures,” according to a new report from Intel in a recent edition of Parallel Universe Magazine.

The Parallel Universe magazine discusses working with Intel Optane DC persistent memory, Intel AVX-512 Vector Neural Network Instructions (VNNI) for faster DL inference, and relative performance gains achieved in HPC applications on the Intel Xeon Scalable processor. The publication also discusses working with Intel Optane DC persistent memory, Intel AVX-512 Vector Neural Network Instructions (VNNI) for faster DL inference and relative performance gains achieved in HPC applications on the Intel Xeon Scalable processor.

Intel Optane DC persistent memory is a new type of non-volatile, high-capacity memory with near-DRAM latency, according to the report, offering affordable, high-capacity data persistence. And its Memory Mode is the simplest mode for using Intel Optane DC persistent memory, since existing applications can benefit without any source changes.

For data to persist in memory, Intel Optane DC persistent memory should be configured for use in App Direct mode, Intel specifies. Switching between Memory and App Direct modes requires changes in BIOS settings.

Applications can access persistent, memory-resident data structures in place, as they do with traditional memory, eliminating the need to page blocks of data back and forth between memory and storage.

New hardware features in the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors enable developers to improve performance for a wide variety of HPC, AI, and analytics applications. Intel continues to innovate in processor technologies.

The most recent issue of Parallel Universe Magazine covers the following topics:

  • Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory
  • Memory Mode
  • App Direct Mode
  • Configuration
  • Persistent Memory Development Kit (PMDK)
  • Performance Gains from Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory
  • Faster AI Inference with Intel AVX-512 VNNI
  • HPC Application Performance on Intel Xeon Scalable Processors
  • Improving HPC, AI, and Analytics Application Performance

Download the new issue of Parallel Universe Magazine that outlines “Leadership Performance With 2nd Generation Xeon Scalable Processing.” 

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