Whose data center is the most scalable

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The increasing digitization leads to ever new workloads that require extensive scaling. At the same time, the amount of company data is growing exponentially and includes data from a wide variety of areas, in many shapes and sizes. All of this extends to more and more new applications, for example the rapid expansion of cloud computing, the new 5G networks and computationally intensive solutions such as high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI).

Technology as a bottleneck

This new broad workload spectrum can no longer be covered with a singular basic technology, because the technologies that were once developed for a specific workload and that optimally covered it are mostly unsuitable for other workloads. Specifically, this means: the days of “one size fits all” are finally over. Accelerating the many different workloads - from the edge to the data center - requires an adaptive and scalable architecture that offers higher performance, more storage and greater I / O bandwidth.

Revolution for the data center: Intel Xeon Scalable Processor 3rd generation

The new scalable Intel Xeon processors of the 3rd generation offer such a flexible high-performance architecture. They have integrated acceleration and advanced security features. They are the basis for an evolutionary leap in terms of agility and scalability of data centers. These new processors are a real revolution: They completely redefine platform convergence and offer state-of-the-art functions in the areas of data processing, storage, main memory, network and security. Companies and providers of cloud and communication services can use it to drive their most ambitious digital initiatives while using a feature-rich, very versatile platform.

Optimized for a wide variety of workloads

The new Xeon processors are Intel's first processors in 10 nanometer technology. They come onto the market with up to two sockets, 8 to 40 powerful cores, different frequencies and performance values. The “Instructions per Clock / Cycle” could be improved by a significant 18 percent compared to the scalable Intel Xeon processors of the 2nd generation. “The scalable 3rd generation Intel Xeon processors offer a significant increase in the number of cores and performance. These processors have built-in AI and special security features, ”said Gregory Bryant, Intel's executive vice president of the new processor family.

The flexibility of these processors allows various configurations to be set up so that they are each optimized for the cloud or for specific corporate, network, security and IoT workloads. This also includes many application-related processor support, such as the software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) with an enclave protection function of up to 1 TB, the Total Memory Encryption (Intel TME) and the Intel Platform Firmware Resilience (Intel PFR).

Intel sees the main place for the new Xeon processors especially in the data center. "The scalable 3rd generation Intel Xeon processors are a strategic part of our global data center strategy," said Navin Shenoy, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Intel Data Platform Group.

Plus Optane and PCIe 4.0

But not only the processor plays a decisive role today, the respective environment is also important for the overall performance. The new Xeon processor supports up to 6 TB of system memory (per socket) when combining DRAM and Intel Optane Persistent Memory 200 Series (Barlow Pass). Compared to the first generation, this new Optane memory provides an average of 25 percent higher memory bandwidth. The new Optane SSD P5800X (Alder Stream), which significantly extends the performance limits of a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, is also supported. With a 70/30 mix, an impressive 1.8 million IOPS are achieved.

First systems already on the market

Many OEMs and partners have already announced systems with the new Intel Xeon processors. Dell Technologies has just introduced a number of new PowerEdge servers; eleven of them are equipped with the new Intel processors. The top model is PowerEdge R750, a server with a 43 percent higher performance compared to its predecessor. According to Dell, this system is particularly suitable for solving massively parallel linear equations and other computationally intensive tasks.

The server manufacturer Supermicro offers the possibility to test the performance of the new processor as part of an X12 system. "Supermicro has a long-standing partnership with Intel and is excited to support 3rd generation Intel Xeon scalable processors for key target markets such as cloud, AI, HPC and edge computing," said Don Clegg, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales at Supermicro.

Cisco has already announced that it will upgrade its Hyperflex HCI systems to the new Intel Xeon processors. In addition, many large cloud and software providers are planning to adapt their systems to the new Intel Xeon performance, including Microsoft, Google, Nutanix and VMware.

Considerable improvements in performance can already be seen in some cloud services. Oracle reports that the new Intel Xeon processor achieves up to 30 percent higher performance for HPC instances if they also use the new memory and networks as well as an improved software stack.

You can find out more about the 3rd generation Intel Xeon processor in the data-centric online event "Ready to create something wonderful - 2021"