Intel launches scalable Xeon Gen3 CPUs and Optane memories focusing on AI, 3D NAND SSDs and more
Products are focused on Artificial Intelligence training and demanding workloads
The Intel today launched its scalable Xeon processors third generation of “codename Cooper Lake ” as well as new features for its hardware portfolio and AI software. Xeon Gen3 CPUs, according to the company, are the first conventional server processors with integrated bfloat16 support .
Also according to Intel, the new Xeon promise to make artificial intelligence (AI) inference and training more implementable in general-purpose CPUs for applications that include image classification, recommendation mechanisms, speech recognition and language modeling. They are designed for deep learning, virtual machine density (VM), in-memory database, mission-critical applications and intensive workloads under analysis.
Again, one of the main highlights is the integration of bfloat16 support with the processor’s exclusive Intel DL Boost technology, accelerating AI training and CPU inference performance. Intel-optimized distributions for major deep learning frameworks support bfloat16 and are available in the Intel AI Analytics toolkit – there are also optimizations in the OpenVINO kit and the ONNX Runtime environment.
Customers are expected to receive an average gain of 1.9x on popular workloads and up to 2.2x more VMs.
Intel Optane Gen3, NAND 3D SSDs and AI-optimized FPGA
In conjunction with third-generation Intel Xeon, the company also announced the 200 series of Intel Optane memory, providing up to 4.5 TB of memory per socket.
Another new feature is the high-capacity Intel D7-P5500 and P5600 SSDs. They feature the latest 3D NAND TLC technology from Intel and a new low latency PCIe controller.
Third, we have the first AI-optimized FPGAs (Field-Programmable Gate Array) from Intel, the Stratix 10 NX. They feature integrated high-bandwidth memory (HBM) and promise customizable, reconfigurable and scalable AI acceleration for demanding computing applications.
And finally, Intel announced three new Intel Select solutions and five enhanced ones, focused on analytics, AI and hyper-converged infrastructure.
Scalable 3rd generation Intel Xeon processors, D7-P5500 and P5600 3D NAND SSDs and Intel Optane 200 series memories are now available, while Intel Stratix 10 NX FPGA should arrive in the second half of this year.
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