Intel recently confirms the launch of the newest member of its Xeon family, the 3rd-generation Cooper Lake processors.
Intel claims that these new Xeon Scalable processors were designed towards the improvement of artificial intelligence. Giving it a codename “Cooper Lake,” the processors are specially designed for tasks like deep learning.
It is also capable of compute-intensive tasks like real-time analytics, in-memory databases, and virtual machine density.
Third general Intel Xeon Scalable processor
Intel’s corporate vice-president Lisa Spelman says that the new processors will provide twice the computing power than its predecessor. She said in a statement:
“We have 35 million Xeon scalables deployed and we really see this as the foundation of the world’s data centric infrastructure.”
Spelman adds that the new Cooper Lake processors support x86 support of Brain floating point 16-bit. Also called the “bfloat16,” this numeric format further enhances the hardware’s AI capabilities. This technology is usually paired with Vector Neural Network Instructions to train AI.
With these new processors, Intel is pushing the boundaries of its 4 and 8 socket processor lineup. The new processors will also greatly benefit from the new Octane persistent memory 200 series.
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The new Cooper Lake processors support up to 28 cores per processor and up to 224 cores in a single platform. It also supports up to six memory channels of DDR4-3200 16GB DIMMs. Each socket can support up to 256GB DDR4 DIMMs.
Other new offerings
Aside from these powerful processors, Intel is also launching a slew of complementary hardware. Chief among them is the new Optane persistent memory 200 series.
Spelman claims that this new Optane technology allows up to 4.5TB of memory per socket. This is a great piece of hardware for data-intensive workloads. Among the prime application for this memory are an in-memory database, compute-intensive workloads, and virtualization.
The new memory is capable of up to 18TB of in-memory support in a four-socket platform. This is ideally designed for large analytic workloads. Since Optane is a persistent memory, it can retain data in case of a sudden loss of power.
Intel is also launching two new 3D NAND SSDs. These are the D7-P5500 and the D7-P5600. These new solid-state drives use the company’s new triple-level 3D NAND technology.
The SSDs are available in a U.2 form factor and several capacities of up to 7.68TB. It appears that Intel is racking up its high-end hardware as it pushes further up the data center market.
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