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Recent Results Show HBM Can Make CPUs the Desired Platform for AI and HPC

Third-party performance benchmarks show CPUs with HBM2e memory now have sufficient memory bandwidth and computational capabilities to match GPU performance on many HPC and AI workloads. Recent Intel and third-party benchmarks now provide hard evidence that the upcoming Intel® Xeon® processors codenamed Sapphire Rapids with high bandwidth memory (fast, high bandwidth HBM2e memory) and Intel® Advanced Matrix Extensions can match the performance of GPUs for many AI and HPC workloads.

Aurora on Schedule? Intel Says it’s Shipping Ponte Vecchio-Sapphire Rapids Blades to Argonne

The rumors had begun to cirulate – October is near, that starts the fourth quarter, 2023 isn’t far behind, all of which means Intel is coming up against a hard deadline to deliver its delayed Aurora exascale-class supercomputer to Argonne National Laboratory by the end of the year. Is another delay in the offing?
Then, yesterday, Intel tweeted this out: “Server blades with Intel 4th Gen Xeon and Ponte Vecchio, which uses Intel’s most advanced IP and packaging technology, are now shipping to Argonne National Labs to power the Aurora supercomputer!” And the tweet was backed by comments to the same effect from CEO Pat Gelsinger

Intel Unveils Dual-track (Performance/Efficiency) Xeon Roadmap through 2024

At Intel’s investor day event in San Francisco yesterday, the company unveiled a dual-track the roadmap for its Xeon data center chip through 2024 – one track emphasizing high performance (P-core Sapphire Rapids), the other energy efficiency (E-core Sierra Forest). Intel’s future generation architecture strategy will move from two optimized platforms into a single commonone. […]

Intel Architecture Day: Details Revealed on Sapphire Rapids and ‘Powered on’ Ponte Vecchio

Harried data center and HPC server market dominator Intel today unveiled what the company said is its biggest shifts in Intel architectures in a generation. The Architecture Day event included looks at the two chips that will power the delayed Aurora exascale supercomputer, to be installed at Argonne National Laboratory; those chips are: Sapphire Rapids, […]

Microchip Technology Inc.: Introducing First PCI Express 5.0 Switches

Chandler, Ariz., February 2, 2021 – Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP) today announced what it said are the first PCI Express (PCIe) 5.0 switch solutions — the Switchtec PFX PCIe 5.0 family — “doubling the interconnect performance for dense compute, high speed networking and NVM Express (NVMe) storage,” according to the company. Together with the […]