Intel Intros 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable Processors
April 06, 2021
Intel launched its most advanced, highest performance data center platform optimized to power the industry’s broadest range of workloads — from the cloud to the network to the intelligent edge. New 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors (code-named “Ice Lake”) are the foundation of Intel’s data center platform, enabling customers to capitalize on some of the most significant business opportunities today by leveraging the power of AI.
New 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable
processors deliver a significant performance increase compared with the prior
generation, with an average 46% improvement on popular data center workloads.1
The processors also add new and enhanced platform capabilities including Intel
SGX for built-in security, and Intel Crypto Acceleration and Intel DL Boost for
AI acceleration. These new capabilities, combined with Intel’s broad portfolio
of Intel® Select Solutions and Intel® Market Ready Solutions, enable customers
to accelerate deployments across cloud, AI, enterprise, HPC, networking,
security and edge applications.
Built-in security: With hundreds of research studies and production deployments, plus the ability to be continuously hardened over time, Intel SGX protects sensitive code and data with the smallest potential attack surface within the system. It is now available on 2-socket Xeon Scalable processors with enclaves that can isolate and process up to 1 terabyte of code and data to support the demands of mainstream workloads. Combined with new features, including Intel® Total Memory Encryption and Intel® Platform Firmware Resilience, the latest Xeon Scalable processors address today’s most pressing data protection concerns.
Built-in crypto acceleration: Intel Crypto Acceleration delivers breakthrough performance across a host of important cryptographic algorithms. Businesses that run encryption-intensive workloads, such as online retailers who process millions of customer transactions per day, can leverage this capability to protect customer data without impacting user response times or overall system performance.
Additionally, to accelerate
workloads on the 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable platform, software developers can
optimize their applications using oneAPI open, cross-architecture programming,
which provides freedom from technical and economic burdens of proprietary
models. The Intel® oneAPI Toolkits help realize the processors’ performance, AI
and encryption capabilities through advanced compilers, libraries, and analysis
and debug tools.
For the network: Intel’s network-optimized “N-SKUs” are designed to support diverse network environments and optimized for multiple workloads and performance levels. The latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver on average 62% more performance on a range of broadly-deployed network and 5G workloads over the prior generation.4 Working with a broad ecosystem of over 400 Intel® Network Builders members, Intel delivers solution blueprints based on 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor “N-SKUs,” resulting in accelerated qualification and shortened time-to-deployment for vRAN, NFVI, virtual CDN and more.
For the intelligent edge: 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver the performance, security and operational controls required for powerful AI, complex image or video analytics, and consolidated workloads at the intelligent edge. The platform delivers up to 1.56 times more AI inference performance for image classification than the prior generations.