Intel announced on Sunday two new additions to its Intel Xeon processor portfolio: Cascade Lake advanced performance (expected to be released the first half of next year) and the Intel Xeon E-2100 processor for entry-level servers (currently availability). These two new product families build upon Intel’s foundation of the Intel Xeon platform to give customers more flexibility to pick the right solution for their needs.
Cascade Lake advanced performance represents a new class of Intel Xeon Scalable processors designed for the most demanding high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) workloads. The processor incorporates a performance optimized multi-chip package to deliver up to 48 cores per CPU and 12 DDR4 memory channels per socket.
Intel shared initial details of the processor in advance of the Supercomputing 2018 conference to provide further insight to the company’s extended innovations in workload types.
Cascade Lake advanced performance processors are expected to continue Intel’s focus on offering workload-optimized performance leadership by delivering both core CPU performance gains and maintaining its position in memory bandwidth constrained workloads.
Performance estimations include Linpack up to 1.21x versus Intel Xeon Scalable 8180 processor and 3.4×2 versus AMD* EPYC* 7601; stream triad up to 1.83 times compared to Intel Scalable 8180 processor and 1.3×2 versus AMD EPYC 7601; and AI/deep learning Inference up to 17 times images-per-second compared to Intel Xeon Platinum processor at launch.
Intel SGX on the Intel Xeon E-2100 processor line delivers hardware-based security and manageability features to further secure customer data and applications. This feature is currently unique to the Intel Xeon E processor family and allows new entry-level servers featuring an Intel Xeon E-2100 processor to provide an additional layer of hardware-enhanced security measures when used with properly enabled cloud applications.
The Xeon E-2100 processor is targeted at small- and medium-size businesses and cloud service providers. The processor supports workloads suitable for entry-level servers, but also has applicability across all computing segments requiring enhanced data protections for the most sensitive workloads.
Small businesses deploying Intel Xeon E-2100 processor-based servers will benefit from the processor’s enhanced performance and data security. They will allow businesses to operate smoothly by supporting file-sharing, storage and backup, virtualization, and employee productivity solutions.