Intel Xeon Scalable platform powers data centres ‘at the highest performance’

Created July 24, 2017
Technologies and Products

Intel has launched its Xeon scalable platform, said to be the “highest-performance, most versatile data centre platform ever”. The company says that digital transformation is accelerating:
“Every industry – transportation, retail, manufacturing, health care, professional services, even farming – is improving and streamlining through digital change.

“Highly adaptable, software-defined, on- or off-premise clouds are replacing fixed-function infrastructure. Autonomous vehicles will require teraflops of compute power every hour they are on the road, air or water. No matter the game, it is being changed.”

With up to 28 of the highest-performance cores, the all-new Intel Xeon Scalable platform supports up to 4.2x more virtual machines and up to 5x more transactions per second than four-year-old systems, the company claims.

Configured for storage, Xeon is said to deliver up to 5x more IOPS at up to 70% lower latency to quickly commit data to storage or bring it forward for analysis. For communications, the platform can also power emerging 5G networks, offering up to 2.5x better performance for key networking applications.

Communications providers
Target customers for the platform are cloud and communications service providers, enterprises, HPC and AI engineers, for which the Intel Xeon can enable their digital transformation.

“Our early-ship customers are already seeing great results. For example, AT&T is already running production traffic and has seen a major performance improvement using 25 percent fewer servers per cluster,” said Lisa Spelman, vice president and general manager of Intel Xeon products and marketing in the Data Center Group at Intel

“Customers on the Google Compute Platform have seen up to 40 percent more performance, and more that 100 percent more performance when the application includes optimization for Intel AVX-512 instructions. And leading content creator Technicolour reduced time to render virtual reality content by almost 3×7 freeing up valuable time for their most creative employees,” she added.

Over the past five Intel has worked with software companies, contributed to open source communities, and released tools and libraries designed to help developers take advantage of the performance and security features of the Xeon platform.

Spelman commented, “Our Cloud, fabric, network and storage builders programs helped more than 480 companies accelerate and optimise their solutions and publish reference architectures. I believe Intel knowledge shared with the ecosystem is value unlocked for our customers.

“This platform took years of mind-bending work by thousands of brilliant people around the world, and I can’t sign off this post without thanking the entire Intel team, along with the systems manufacturers, service providers and developers that invested so much energy to make all this possible.”

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This article was written
by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.