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Intel Unveils 4th Gen Xeon Processor Family

Intel Unveils 4th Gen Xeon Processor Family

Intel hosted an event today to officially unveil a new generation of processors. Intel engineered the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Xeon CPU Max Series, and Intel Data Center GPU Max Series processors to deliver dramatic improvements for data center performance, efficiency, and security—as well as innovative new capabilities for AI and cloud computing.

4th Gen Xeon

Sandra Rivera, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center and AI Group at Intel, headlined the live-streamed event. “These processors represent a paradigm shift in the way businesses run their workloads and solve their computing challenges. 4th Gen Xeon features the most accelerators built into a data center processor in the industry, providing leading performance in workloads that matter most,” Rivera explained.

She added, “We’ve demonstrated an average of 2.9 times increase in performance-per-watt efficiency across a group of the most common workloads. And these aren’t just industry benchmarks—these are real-world workloads performance gains and look at total costs of operations. With acceleration, customers can expect to see TCO improvements ranging from 52% to 66%.”

A press release from Intel announcing the new processors explains, “Working alongside its customers and partners with 4th Gen Xeon, Intel is delivering differentiated solutions and systems at scale to tackle their biggest computing challenges. Intel’s unique approach to providing purpose-built, workload-first acceleration and highly optimized software tuned for specific workloads enables the company to deliver the right performance at the right power for optimal overall total cost of ownership.”

Enhancing Confidential Computing

Rivera also emphasized the importance of Confidential Computing and announced the new Trust Domain Extensions that are part of the 4th Gen Xeon family. Mark Russinovich, Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft Azure at Microsoft, noted that the Software Guard Extensions in 3rd Gen Xeon processors has been a foundational element of Azure Cognitive Computing in a pre-record video clip. “We look forward to being one of the first cloud providers to offer confidential services based on Intel 4th generation Xeon Scalable processors with Intel Trust Domain Extensions later this year, enabling organizations to achieve confidentiality by seamlessly lifting and shifting their workloads without requiring any code changes.”

Enabling Cutting Edge Technologies

Intel highlighted the convergence of three critical technologies—AI (artificial intelligence), 5G, and software-defined infrastructure—as a driving force behind the need for increased performance and greater scalability in a blog post. “When we put these technology advances side-by-side with the need for organizations to digitize and automate, we see an increasing demand for compute and platform solutions that scale outside of the data center out to the network edge and colocation facilities, and the physical world of stores, factories, and cities. In fact, by 2025, 75 percent of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside a traditional data center or cloud.”

The Intel blog post describes key scenarios where 4th Gen Xeon processors deliver significant benefits:

  • Edge AI: Intel® Advanced Matrix Extensions (Intel® AMX) is our new hardware accelerator for AI that takes solutions based on Intel® OpenVINO™ software and the new Intel Geti™ platform to the next level of performance. With this combination of hardware and software ingredients, we enable architects and developers to do what they do best — to innovate and, in this case, quickly build high-performance AI supporting the network and edge. Click here to learn more about Edge AI and IOT use cases.
  • 5G Core and virtualized Radio Access Networks (vRAN): By virtualizing their 5G networks end-to-end and standardizing on Intel architecture, network providers get a converged service advantage, running all core, edge and RAN workloads flexibly on a common platform. For 5G core workloads, built-in accelerators help increase throughput and decrease latency, while advances in power management enhance both the responsiveness and the efficiency of the platform. And with 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, we are delivering about twice the vRAN capacity compared to the prior generation, without increasing power consumption.2 Click here to learn more about network use cases.
  • Content Delivery Networks (CDNs): Accelerators built into 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors help CDNs handle more sessions per server with less energy. Intel® Data Streaming Accelerator (Intel® DSA) moves data through the platform faster. Intel® Dynamic Load Balancer (Intel® DLB) balances the workload for thousands of connections across processor cores, optimizing resource use.

Transforming the Future of Computing

Intel plays a vital role in enabling innovation and ensuring that organizations and developers have the performance, stability, and security they need. It is equally important, though, to provide the power and flexibility to allow for ideas and innovations that haven’t even been thought of yet.

Intel has a vast ecosystem of partners—and many of those companies were featured throughout the 4th Gen Xeon event. Companies like Microsoft, AWS, Google Cloud, Cisco, and others shared why their relationship with Intel is important, and how the features and capabilities of the 4th Gen Xeon processors will empower them to continue pushing the envelope and advancing the products and services they offer customers.

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