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Intel announces its 2nd generation Xeon Scalable processors that include the 56-core, 12 memory channel Xeon Platinum 9282 CPU

By Wong Chung Wee - on 5 Apr 2019, 6:33pm

Intel announces its 2nd generation Xeon Scalable processors that include the 56-core, 12 memory channel Xeon Platinum 9282 CPU

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Intel has revealed its 2nd generation Xeon Scalable processors that comprise more than 50 workload-optimized CPUs. There’s also the new top-of-the-line 56-core, 12 memory channels Intel Xeon Platinum 9282 CPU. Besides the new Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 series, there’s the Xeon Platinum 8200, Xeon Gold 6200 and Gold 5200 family of chips, Xeon Silver 4200 and the entry-level Xeon Bronze 3204 processor. According to Intel, the new Intel Xeon Scalable platform is intended for data-centric applications, especially with its support Intel Optane DC persistent memory. This is in line with the company’s data-centric strategy and its slew of enterprise product announcements, with the new Cascade Lake-based Xeon Scalable processors taking center stage.

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The new processors boast of built-in AI acceleration and due to its expansive portfolio, the Xeon Scalable platform is able to meet enterprise requirements from general purpose compute to HPC and advanvced data center processing. Besides support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory (not applicable to the Xeon Platinum 9200 and Xeon Bronze 3200 series), DRAM support is also enhanced as 16Gb DDR4 DIMMs are now compatible on the entire Intel Xeon Scalable platform. The Platinum and Gold family support up to DDR4-2933 MT/s.

The new processors have hardware-enhanced security features, in particular, Intel Security Libraries for Data Centers (Intel SecL-DC). These features allow for integration and deployment of hardware-rooted Intel security technologies at cloud scale for robust data protection. They will also guard against security vulnerabilities like Meltdown and Spectre.

The Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processors are intended for HPC, advanced AI and data analytics. Within the same Xeon Platinum family, the Platinum 8200 processors differ from the former due to their support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory. They suppport up to 28 cores, in 2-, 4- and 8+ socket configurations, with support for highest memory bandwidth, and a third UPI link.  The Platinum 8200 processors are designed for mission-critical servers allocated on premises or in data centers for hybrid cloud deployment.

The Intel Xeon Gold 6200 processors have support for higher speed DDR4 memory modules and support up to 4-socket scalability, they are meant for mainstream data center servers. There are also SKUs that are network optimized SKUs from both Xeon Gold 6200 and 5200 processors, with Intel Speed Select technology. The Xeon Gold 6200 processors can be used for virtualization servers. The Xeon Gold 5200 CPUs support up to DDR4-2666 MT/s system memory, but they don’t have node controller support, and meant for dedicated servers for general workloads.

For businesses operating on relatively smaller scales with the need for on premises servers, the Xeon Silver 4200 and Xeon Bronze 3200 series CPUs are ideal for entry level solutions.

Click here for the product brief of the current Intel Xeon Scalable platform.

Source: Intel (1), (2)

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