Intel Launches Its Most Advanced Performance Data Center Platform

Intel Showcases New 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable – the Only Data Center Processors with Built-In AI; Delivering on Average 46% Increased Performance


  • New 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scala­b­le pro­ces­sors — com­bi­ned with Intel’s port­fo­lio of Intel® Opta­ne™ per­sis­tent memo­ry and sto­rage, Ether­net adap­ters, FPGAs and opti­mi­zed soft­ware solu­ti­ons — deli­ver per­for­mance and workload opti­miz­a­ti­ons across hybrid-cloud, high per­for­mance com­pu­ting (HPC), net­wor­king and intel­li­gent edge applications.
  • New 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scala­b­le pro­ces­sors fea­ture a fle­xi­ble archi­tec­tu­re with inte­gra­ted arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI) acce­le­ra­ti­on with Intel® DL Boost tech­no­lo­gy, plus advan­ced secu­ri­ty capa­bi­li­ties to pro­tect data and app­li­ca­ti­on code with Intel® Soft­ware Guard Exten­si­on (Intel® SGX) and Intel® Cryp­to Acceleration.
  • New 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scala­b­le pro­ces­sors are rapidly ram­ping, having ship­ped more than 200,000 units for reve­nue in the first quar­ter of 2021 with broad indus­try adop­ti­on across all mar­ket seg­ments, inclu­ding the world’s top cloud ser­vice pro­vi­ders set to deploy ser­vices; more than 250 design wins wit­hin 50 uni­que OxM part­ners; more than 15 major telecom equip­ment manu­fac­tu­rers and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons ser­vice pro­vi­ders rea­dy­ing POCs and net­wor­king deploy­ments; and over 20 HPC labs and HPC-as-a-ser­vice envi­ron­ments lever­aging our latest Xeon Scala­b­le processors.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 6, 2021 – Intel today 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, HPCnet­wor­king, secu­ri­ty and edge applications.

Our 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scala­b­le plat­form is the most fle­xi­ble and per­for­mant in our histo­ry, desi­gned to hand­le the diver­si­ty of workloads from the cloud to the net­work to the edge,” said Navin She­noy, exe­cu­ti­ve vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger of the Data Plat­forms Group at Intel. “Intel is uni­que­ly posi­tio­ned with the archi­tec­tu­re, design and manu­fac­tu­ring to deli­ver the bre­adth of intel­li­gent sili­con and solu­ti­ons our cus­to­mers demand.”

3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scala­b­le Processors

Lever­aging Intel 10 nano­me­ter (nm) pro­cess tech­no­lo­gy, the latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scala­b­le pro­ces­sors deli­ver up to 40 cores per pro­ces­sor and up to 2.65 times hig­her average per­for­mance gain com­pa­red with a 5‑ye­ar-old sys­tem.2 The plat­form sup­ports up to 6 tera­bytes of sys­tem memo­ry per socket, up to 8 chan­nels of DDR4-3200 memo­ry per socket and up to 64 lanes of PCIe Gen4 per socket.

New 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scala­b­le pro­ces­sors are opti­mi­zed for modern workloads that run in both on-pre­mi­se and dis­tri­bu­t­ed mul­ti­cloud envi­ron­ments. The pro­ces­sors pro­vi­de cus­to­mers with a fle­xi­ble archi­tec­tu­re inclu­ding built-in acce­le­ra­ti­on and advan­ced secu­ri­ty capa­bi­li­ties, lever­aging deca­des of innovation.

  • Built-in AI acce­le­ra­ti­on: The latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scala­b­le pro­ces­sors deli­ver the AI per­for­mance, pro­duc­ti­vi­ty and sim­pli­ci­ty that enab­le cus­to­mers to unlock more valu­able insights from their data. As the only data cen­ter CPU with built-in AI acce­le­ra­ti­on, exten­si­ve soft­ware opti­miz­a­ti­ons and turn­key solu­ti­ons, the new pro­ces­sors make it pos­si­ble to infu­se AI into every app­li­ca­ti­on from edge to net­work to cloud. The latest hard­ware and soft­ware opti­miz­a­ti­ons deli­ver 74% fas­ter AI per­for­mance com­pa­red with the pri­or genera­ti­on and pro­vi­de up to 1.5 times hig­her per­for­mance across a broad mix of 20 popu­lar AI workloads ver­sus AMD EPYC 7763 and up to 1.3 times hig­her per­for­mance on a broad mix of 20 popu­lar AI workloads ver­sus Nvi­dia A100 GPU.3
  • 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.

Intel Xeon Scala­b­le pro­ces­sors are sup­por­ted by more than 500 rea­dy-to-deploy Intel® IoT Mar­ket Rea­dy Solu­ti­ons and Intel Select Solu­ti­ons that help to acce­le­ra­te cus­to­mer deploy­ments — with up to 80% of our Intel Select Solu­ti­ons being refres­hed by end of year.

Indus­try-Lea­ding Data Cen­ter Platform

Intel’s data cen­ter plat­forms are the most per­va­si­ve on the mar­ket, with unmat­ched capa­bi­li­ties to move, store and pro­cess data. The latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scala­b­le plat­form inclu­des the Intel Opta­ne per­sis­tent memo­ry 200 seri­es, Intel Opta­ne Solid Sta­te Dri­ve (SSD) P5800X and Intel® SSD D5-P5316 NAND SSDs, as well as Intel Ether­net 800 Seri­es Net­work Adap­ters and the latest Intel® Agilex FPGAs. Addi­tio­nal infor­ma­ti­on about all the­se is avail­ab­le in the 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scala­b­le plat­form pro­duct fact sheet.

Deli­vering Fle­xi­ble Per­for­mance Across Cloud, Net­wor­king and Intel­li­gent Edge

Our latest 3rd Gen Xeon Scala­b­le plat­form is opti­mi­zed for a wide ran­ge of mar­ket seg­ments — from the cloud to the intel­li­gent edge.

  • For the cloud: 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scala­b­le pro­ces­sors are engi­nee­red and opti­mi­zed for the deman­ding requi­re­ments of cloud workloads and sup­port a wide ran­ge of ser­vice envi­ron­ments. Over 800 of the world’s cloud ser­vice pro­vi­ders run on Intel Xeon Scala­b­le pro­ces­sors, and all of the lar­gest cloud ser­vice pro­vi­ders are plan­ning to offer cloud ser­vices in 2021 powe­red by 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scala­b­le processors.
  • 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.5

For more details, see the 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scala­b­le SKU table.

1See [125] at Results may vary.

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3See [123, 43, 44] at Results may vary.

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5See [121] at Results may vary.

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