Intel launches new Xeon Scalable processors taking on rival AMD

Intel Xeon Scalable processorsIntel has launched its new Intel Xeon Scalable processors – showcasing its superior performance — taking on small rival AMD.

100s of partners, more than 480 Intel builders and more than 7,000 software vendors are expected to drive Intel Xeon Scalable platform. Technology companies such as Amazon, AT&T, BBVA, Google, Microsoft, Montefiore, Technicolor and Telefonica are likely to utlize Intel Xeon Scalable processor.

Earlier, AMD and its server customers and partners launched the EPYC 7000 high-performance processors targeting the datacenter customers.

AMD has packaged EPYC to yield 8, 16, 24 or 32 core designs in a single SoC.

AMD EPYC processors

Two-Socket Server

AMD EPYC 7601-based system scored 2360 on SPECint_rate2006, higher than any other two-socket system score.

One-Socket Server

AMD EPYC 7601-based system scored 1200 on SPECint_rate2006, higher than any other mainstream one-socket x86-based system score.

AMD EPYC 7601-based system scored 943 on SPECfp_rate2006, higher than any other one-socket system score.

All EPYC processors combine security features, enterprise class reliability, and support a full feature-set.
AMD’s EPYC processor

The technology company said AMD EPYC 7601 CPU-based one-socket system shifts expectations for single socket server performance, helping lower total-cost-of-ownership (TCO), providing up to 20 percent Capex savings compared to the Intel Xeon E5-2660 v4-based two-socket system.

At every targeted price point for two-socket processors, EPYC outperforms the competition, with up to 70 percent more performance in the eight hundred dollar price band and up to 47 percent more performance at the high-end of the market of four thousand dollars or more.

HPE, Dell, Asus, Gigabyte, Inventec, Lenovo, Sugon, Supermicro, Tyan, and Wistron announced EPYC products. Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware showcased optimized support for EPYC at launch.

Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD, said: “EPYC processors offer uncompromising performance for single-socket systems while scaling dual-socket server performance to new heights, outperforming the competition at every price point. We are proud to bring choice and innovation back to the datacenter with the strong support of our global ecosystem partners.”

Intel said customers will benefit from a performance increase of 1.65x on average over the previous version.

“Data center and network infrastructure is undergoing massive transformations to support emerging use cases like precision medicine, artificial intelligence and agile network services paving the path to 5G,” said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Data Center Group.

Intel Xeon Scalable processors features

Intel Xeon Scalable processor delivers 2.2x higher deep learning training and inference compared to the previous generation, and 113x deep learning performance gains compared to a 3-year-old non-optimized server system when combined with software optimizations speeding delivery of AI-fueled services.

The Intel Xeon Scalable processor delivers up to 2.5x increased IPSec forwarding rate for networking applications compared to previous generation when using Intel QuickAssist and DPDK increasing the value derived from network transformation.

It operates up to an estimated 4.2x more virtual machines (VMs) versus a 4-year-old system for rapid service deployment, server utilization, lower energy costs and space efficiency spurring enterprise data center modernization.

Intel Xeon Scalable processor provides up to a 2x FLOPs/clock improvement with Intel AVX-512 as well as integrated Intel Omni-Path Architecture ports, delivering improved compute capability, I/O flexibility and memory bandwidth to accelerate discovery and innovation.

It processes up to 5x more IOPS while reducing latency by up to 70 percent versus NVMe SSDs when combined with Intel Optane SSDs and Storage Performance Development Kit (SPDK), making data more accessible for advanced analytics.

Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver an overall performance increase up to 1.65×2 versus the previous generation, and up to 5×19 OLTP warehouse workloads versus the current install base—accelerating today’s modern-day workloads including modeling and simulation, machine learning, HPC and digital content creation.

Intel Xeon Scalable processors offer up to 28 cores and up to 6 terabytes of system memory (4-socket systems), and scale to support 2-socket through 8-socket systems and beyond, powering entry-level workloads to the most mission-critical applications.

Application can now run with less than 1 percent16 overhead with data-at-rest encryption turned on. The Intel Xeon Scalable processor also delivers a 3.1x performance improvement generation-over-generation in cryptography performance.

Baburajan K
editor@infotechlead.com