Sponsored Post: In case you missed the big news earlier this month, Intel introduced its 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors (formerly codenamed Sapphire Rapids) to a huge industry fanfare – groundbreaking datacenter silicon which promises to push the boundaries of performance for high performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI) and networking workloads.
You can still watch a livestream of the official launch event to hear Sandra Rivera, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center and AI Group, and Lisa Spelman, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel Xeon Products explain just what’s so special about the latest Xeon CPUs.
The numbers speak for themselves – the most accelerators ever built into a datacenter processor; up to a 53 percent average performance gain for general purpose compute; total cost of ownership (TCO) improvements which range from 52 percent (databases) to 55 percent (AI real-time inferencing) and 66 percent (HPC) – the list goes on.
How do the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver all of this? A big dollop of the magic sauce is in the workload accelerators which can offload various algorithms and routines from the core CPU to run applications that much faster without having to rely on the core Xeon chip to do all the hard work. Have a look at the official Intel® Accelerator Engines web page for a more detailed explanation of exactly how the accelerators work and what they do.
It’s not just about superfast performance either. The 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors are the most sustainable chips the company has ever delivered, purposely designed with power/performance management features which can make optimal use of CPU resources to help meet customer sustainability targets. So much so that they offer a 2.9X average performance per watt efficiency improvement for real world workloads compared to earlier 3rd Generation Intel Xeon CPUs.
You can access more detailed performance benchmarks in the full product brief, which is available here. Intel estimates there are already more than 100 million Intel Xeon CPUs of one type or another currently in use, powering anything and everything from on-prem servers to “as a service” infrastructure platforms, networking equipment, wireless base stations and cloud platforms. With the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors optimized to run applications like AI/ML, analytics, networking, security, storage and HPC, how long before there’s another 100m?
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