Intel Lisa Spelman: Building a high performance and energy efficient future for data center users

2022-06-20 0 By

The author:As Pat Kisinger and Sandra Rivera shared at investor Conference 2022, Intel is moving aggressively in a new direction.Designed to further enhance our data center leadership across all workloads while providing ultra-energy-efficient computing to customers and driving the data center industry.Thanks to leading-edge products, only Intel is able to deliver leading-edge performance per watt and performance per core to customers through a unified Xeon platform.At the same time, it is this unmatched product portfolio and features, together with our grassroots software ecosystem, that power most of the data centers in the world today.For future generations of Xeon processors, Intel has developed a new architecture strategy — a new dual-track product roadmap based on both p-core and E-core — to integrate the two optimized platforms into a common, industry-defining platform.This new path will maximize the performance per watt and segmentation capabilities of the product, thus improving Intel’s overall competitiveness in the industry.The first product under this strategy is a new Xeon processor code-named Sierra Forest Energy Efficient-based Core (E-Core) that is being developed in parallel with our existing p-core-based, next-generation Granite Rapids processor.To build a high performance and high energy efficiency future for our data center customers, we adopt the following strategies.First, over the past two years, we have worked closely with our customers to evaluate and upgrade our products from both a hardware and software perspective.Based on multiple tests and performance predictions running in different architectures, we will be able to deliver leading-edge performance at key design points for xeon’s platform.At the same time, we also noticed that the customer has taken various measures in terms of infrastructure optimization.Some of these customers are optimizing for workloads that benefit from high performance and low latency per core, such as database, AI, and HPC workloads.Other customers are focused on maximizing per-watt performance to support an increasing number of intensive, time-sensitive workloads that are mostly concurrent, such as front-end Web services and data analytics.It’s easy to see why the new Xeon line of energy-efficient core processors is crucial for Intel, its customers, and the industry as a whole.Specially designed energy efficient cores provide high energy efficiency and high throughput to support cloud native deployments.Based on this, we can provide higher density at the slot and rack levels by filling multiple energy efficiency cores into the space that would otherwise be required for a single performance core.While we are introducing a new core architecture to our Xeon product line, we are also ensuring compatibility with the existing broad Xeon platform ecosystem.The next xeon processor will not only share platform, software, and BIOS. In the CPU, we will decouple its core and non-core functions into “computing units” and “I/O units”, where I/O units are common in both performance and energy efficient core products. This will also enable the entire I/O subsystem design to be reused.This reduces complexity both for Intel and for customers who are building and validating systems.In addition, the interconnections used between the core and memory controllers are the same, and the beauty of these designs is that our customers can derive the benefits of the entire portfolio from a single platform product with a simple cell swap.Sierra Forest and the upcoming Xeon Energy Efficient nuclear product Roadmap are exciting innovations for Intel and the industry as a whole.In combination with other xeon products of the future, Intel will empower our customers through product, platform and package technology to map the future of cloud architecture.The Intel platform product, based on the Intel 3 process, will be launched in 2024, further enabling the data center of the future to be more workload focused and sustainable.Stay tuned for more from this exciting new product line.Forward-looking Statements The statements made herein regarding future plans and expectations are forward-looking statements.Statements that refer to or are based on estimates, projections, projections, uncertain events or assumptions, including those relating to future products and technologies and the expected availability and benefits of such products and technologies, market opportunities and anticipated trends in our business or related markets, are also forward-looking statements.Such statements are based on management’s current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties and could cause actual results to differ fundamentally from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.For important factors that could cause material differences in results, see our most recent earnings press release and Intel’s SEC filings available at www.intc.com.Intel does not undertake and expressly disclaims any responsibility to update any statements in this article except as required by law.© Intel corporation, Intel, Intel logo and other Intel logos are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its affiliates.Other names and brands mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.