Intel announces Skylake-based Xeon Processor Scalable family

May 5, 2017 // 11:18 a.m.

Tags: #avx-512 #bronze-xeon #data-centre #gold-xeon #lisa-spelman #platinum-xeon #qat #server #silver-xeon #skylake #wmd #xeon #xeon-processor-scalable

Intel has announced what it claims is a new Xeon product family range 're-architected from the ground up,' and now to be known as the Intel Xeon Processor Scalable range.

Designed to replace Intel's current Xeon E5 and E7 server-centric processor families, the Xeon Processor Scalable range is based on the company's Skylake microarchitecture and promises a buzzword bingo sheet of all the latest technologies: Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (AVX-512), QuickAssist Technology (QAT), Volume Management Device (VMD), and compatibility with the company's new Optane solid-state storage and RAM-expansion add-on modules with hot-plug support. The chips will also, Intel has confirmed, be colour-coded: Stock-keeping units (SKUs) will be tiered according to performance and capabilities based on a metallic coding system of Bronze entry-level parts, Silver mid-tier parts, Gold high-end parts, and Platinum flagship parts.

'The new Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family represents a major architectural leap forward in processor architecture and platform advancements, delivering workload-optimised performance for compute, network, and storage,' crowed Intel's Lisa Spelman at the announcement. 'The Scalable family provides the foundation for the next generation of cloud infrastructure to fuel applications as wide-ranging as analytics, artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, high-performance computing and network transformation. As we have with every generation of Intel Xeon processor delivery, the Scalable family will also feature breakthrough performance, security and agility.

'The Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family is re-architected from the ground up and will be the successor to the Intel Xeon processor E5 and E7 product lines. It will incorporate unique features for compute, network and storage workloads, and impressive performance gains of up to 3.9x higher scalability for virtualised workloads as compared with the 4-year-old systems widely used in the market today, allowing customers to run more and a more diverse variety of workloads on each system.'

Precise specifications for the various metallic-themed Xeon Processor Scalable chips have not yet been released, with Intel promising more information ahead of their launch in the summer. More details are available from the company's official website.

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