Intel Launches its New Precious Metal Xeon Platform

Intel properly launched a new range of Xeon processors lineup powered by its new Skylake-SP (Scalable Platform) core. The new lineup processors offer more cores and more performance than their previous lineup, with a new mesh-based design to enable greater scaling within their multicore processors.

The new chips also pack with a new set of precious metal-based branding, with four metals including Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum used to intend processor capabilities. Unlike AMD’s new Epyc platform, Intel is enduring to segment its features.

Intel Xeon-SP Platinum Lineup

Intel Xeon-SP Gold Lineup

Intel Xeon-SP Sliver & Bronze Lineup

Intel Xeon SP lineup will have up to 28 cores and 56 threads. Skylake-SP also covers support for the AVX512 instruction set. This vector instruction set enables arithmetic to be performed on vectors of up to 16 single precision floating point numbers in a single operation, up from eight in AVX. The number of AVX registers has also been doubled to make these wider vectors simple to program, AVX512 also includes complex masking capabilities.

Intel is also boosting security features of Xeon-SP with “Key Protection Technology” the processor can perform encryption and decryption operations without having to put the encryption keys in main system memory.  This is formed to make those keys harder for malicious software to steal. Enabling this, Intel is also claiming heavily improved encryption performance.

Intel is releasing a full range of Xeon-SP lineup, supporting two, four, and eight or more sockets, together. The chips will support up to 1.5TB of memory across six channels and 48 PCIe 3 lanes per chip. Xeon SP is limited to 768GB. If you want support for 2,666MHz memory? You will need a Platinum or Gold part. Bronze is limited to 2,100MHz and Silver to 2,400MHz.

The 8180M comes with 28 cores, 56 threads, a base clock speed of 2.5GHz, with turbo boost to 3.8GHz, 1.5TB memory support: these chips will come in at a price of $13,000 each. Sacrificing the large memory support drops the price to $10,000. That’s a abrupt premium for the larger memory capacity. The pricing and analysis that Intel is using for Xeon SP suggests that Intel isn’t yet feeling the heat from AMD’s upcoming Epyc lineup.

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