2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

The Future Forward Platform for Agile Digital Services

When Intel launched first-generation Xeon Scalable Processors in 2017, they marked not only a new branding for server processors but they also built a new mesh architecture that improved connectivity between the processors’ cores compared to the ring architecture which was previously used for server CPUs.

Intel is currently offering third-generation and second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors including Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. The new 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver an average of 1.36-times higher performance if compared with the 1st Gen Intel Xeon processors.

2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

The 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors (codename Cascade Lake) built with artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration, Intel’s DL Boost technology and Optane persistent memory. Other technical enhancement provided by both generations of Xeon Scalable Processor included the addition on VMB (Volume Management Device) and Quick Assist Technology.

The 2nd Generation XEON CPUs also brings additional features including support for faster DDR4 DRAM, new AVX-512 VNNI instructions for AI applications, and hardware support to protect against Spectre and Meltdown mitigations.

What’s New with the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processor?

  • Improved Turbo frequencies, up to 4.4 GHz
  • Enhanced Memory Support
  • Support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory
  • Enhanced DDR4 performance support
  • AI acceleration with Intel Deep Learning Boost (VNNI)
  • Enhanced Intel Infrastructure Management Technologies
  • A built-in foundation of core security capabilities

Key Enhancements:

Higher Core Performance:

Up to 56 Cores (9200 Series) and up to 28 cores (8200 Series) delivering high-performance and scalability for compute intensive workloads across compute, storage, and network usages.

Greater Memory Bandwidth/Capacity:

Support for Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory supporting up to 36TB of system memory capacity when combined with traditional DRAM. Support for up to 6 memory channels and up to 4TB of DDR4 memory per socket with speeds up to 2933 MT/s (1 DPC).

Intel Deep Learning Boost with VNNI:

New Intel Deep Learning Boost with Vector Neural Network Instruction (VNNI) brings enhanced artificial intelligence, inference performance, with up to 30X performance improvement over the previous generation.

Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel AVX-512):

With double the FLOPS per clock cycle compared to previous generation Intel AVX2, Intel AVX-512 boost performance and throughput for the most demanding computational applications such as data analytics, machine learning, data compression, virtualization, and digital content creation.

Integrated Intel Quick Assist Technology:

Chipset based hardware acceleration for growing compression and cryptographic workloads for greater efficiency while delivering enhanced data transport and protection across server, storage, and network infrastructure.

Intel VMB (Volume Management Device):

Resolves many of the previous issues of using NVMe in RAID configurations by allowing support for hot swap, LED error notification, and the ability to use multiple drives in a RAID configuration.

Intel Ultra Path Interconnect (Intel UPI):

Four Intel UPI (9200 Series) and up to three UPI (8200 Series) channels increase scalability of the platform to as many as two sockets (9200 series) and up to eight sockets (8200 Series). Intel UPI offers the perfect balance between improved throughput and energy efficiency.

Intel Xeon Scalable Platform Advantages:

  • Supports Intel DC SSD Data Center Family (3D NAND)
  • Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) Capability
  • Improved server utilization in data center through SKU consolidation.
  • Intel VMs minimize complexity with compatible virtualization infrastructure.
  • Ensure deterministic storage response including Cores, cache, memory, I/O in a single die.
  • Maximize vector floating performance and efficiency for HPC (High Performance Computing).

Intel Introduced Four New Brands:

The four new brand of Xeon Scalable Platform is based on metals and their relative values included Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Each brand comes up with different features, performance and series (SKUs).

Intel Xeon Platinum:

The Intel Xeon Platinum family has two different model lines. The Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 and 8200 series processors. The 9200 series processors featuring new Intel Deep Learning Boost Technology and supports up to two CPU Sockets, 56 cores (per processors), 3.8 GHz frequency and handle 2933 MT/s DDR4 memory capacity with 4 UPI (Ultra Path Interconnect) speed.

The 8200 series processors up to eight CPU Sockets, 28 cores (per processors), 4.0 GHz frequency and handle 2933 MT/s DDR4 memory capacity with 3 UPI (Ultra Path Interconnect) speed. They are built for mission-critical, real-time analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and multi-cloud workloads.

Intel Xeon Gold:

Same like Platinum, The Intel Xeon Gold family also has two different model lines. The Intel Xeon Gold 6200 and 5200 series processors. The 6200 series processors support up to four CPU Sockets, 28 cores (per processors), 4.5 GHz frequency and handle 2933 MT/s DDR4 memory with 3 UPI (Ultra Path Interconnect) speed.

The 5200 series processors also support up to four CPU Sockets, 24 cores (per processors), 4.0 GHz frequency and handle 2666 MT/s DDR4 memory with 2 UPI (Ultra Path Interconnect) speed.

Intel Xeon Silver:

The Intel Xeon Silver family comes in 4200 series, supports up to 16 cores, 3.5 GHz frequency and handle 2400 MT/s DDR4 memory with 2 UPI (Ultra Path Interconnect) speed. With hardware-enhanced features they deliver essential performance, improved memory speed, and power efficiency.

Intel Xeon Bronze:

The Intel Xeon Bronze family comes in 3200 series, supports only 8 cores, 1.9 GHz frequency and handle 2133 MT/s DDR4 memory with 2 UPI (Ultra Path Interconnect) speed. The Intel Xeon Bronze 3100 series is designed to meet the needs of entry level solutions.

Final Words:

The new 2nd Generation Xeon Scalable processors bring a new set of capabilities including improved DRAM speeds, faster processing for deep learning workloads. These high-end Second Generation Xeon Scalable processors are ideal platform for tech companies that are undergo digital transformation, making use of AI models and deep learning specifically.

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Also Read:

A Complete Overview Of Next Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

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