Intel Eases Use of FPGA Acceleration: Combines Platforms, Software Stack and Ecosystem Solutions to Maximize Performance and Lower Data Center Costs

Today, Intel announced a comprehensive hardware and software platform solution to enable faster deployment of customized field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based acceleration of networking, storage and computing workloads.

Complex data-intensive applications in the areas of genomics, finance, industry 4.0 and other disciplines are pushing the boundaries of data center capabilities. Intel® FPGA-based acceleration exploits massively parallelized hardware offloading to maximize performance and power efficiency of data centers.

The new solution abstracts the complexities of implementation to enable architects and developers to quickly develop and deploy power-efficient acceleration of a variety of applications and workloads.

This consists of three major elements:

  • Intel-qualified FPGA acceleration platforms that operate seamlessly with Intel® Xeon® CPUs
  • The Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs that provide industry standard frameworks, interfaces and optimized libraries
  • Growing ecosystem of market-specific solutions

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The Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA plugs into a server to accelerate workloads. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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As the first in a family of Intel® Programmable Acceleration Cards, today Intel is unveiling the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with the Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA enabled by the acceleration stack.

This new platform approach enables Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), such as Dell EMC, to offer Intel Xeon processor-based server acceleration solutions with their unique value add.

“Dell EMC continues to be committed to delivering technology that helps our customers transform their business and IT,” said Brian Payne, vice president, Product Management and Marketing, Server Solutions Division, Dell EMC. “With this collaboration, Dell EMC and Intel are combining a reliable platform with an emerging software ecosystem that provides a new technology capability for customers to unlock their business potential.”

“Intel is making it easier for server equipment makers such as Dell EMC to exploit FPGA technology for data acceleration as a ready-to-use platform,” said Dan McNamara, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group. “With our ecosystem partners, we are enabling the industry with point solutions with a substantial boost in performance while preserving power and cost budgets.”

The Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA is sampling now and is expected to be broadly available in the first half of 2018.

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Intel Eases Use of FPGA Acceleration: Combines Platforms, Software Stack and Ecosystem Solutions to Maximize Performance and Lower Data Center Costs

Today, Intel announced a comprehensive hardware and software platform solution to enable faster deployment of customized field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based acceleration of networking, storage and computing workloads.

Complex data-intensive applications in the areas of genomics, finance, industry 4.0 and other disciplines are pushing the boundaries of data center capabilities. Intel® FPGA-based acceleration exploits massively parallelized hardware offloading to maximize performance and power efficiency of data centers.

The new solution abstracts the complexities of implementation to enable architects and developers to quickly develop and deploy power-efficient acceleration of a variety of applications and workloads.

This consists of three major elements:

  • Intel-qualified FPGA acceleration platforms that operate seamlessly with Intel® Xeon® CPUs
  • The Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs that provide industry standard frameworks, interfaces and optimized libraries
  • Growing ecosystem of market-specific solutions

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The Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA plugs into a server to accelerate workloads. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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As the first in a family of Intel® Programmable Acceleration Cards, today Intel is unveiling the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with the Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA enabled by the acceleration stack.

This new platform approach enables Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), such as Dell EMC, to offer Intel Xeon processor-based server acceleration solutions with their unique value add.

“Dell EMC continues to be committed to delivering technology that helps our customers transform their business and IT,” said Brian Payne, vice president, Product Management and Marketing, Server Solutions Division, Dell EMC. “With this collaboration, Dell EMC and Intel are combining a reliable platform with an emerging software ecosystem that provides a new technology capability for customers to unlock their business potential.”

“Intel is making it easier for server equipment makers such as Dell EMC to exploit FPGA technology for data acceleration as a ready-to-use platform,” said Dan McNamara, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group. “With our ecosystem partners, we are enabling the industry with point solutions with a substantial boost in performance while preserving power and cost budgets.”

The Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA is sampling now and is expected to be broadly available in the first half of 2018.

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Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Accelerate Creation and Innovation in Next-Generation Workstations

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Workstations powered by Intel® Xeon® processors meet the most stringent demands for professionals seeking to increase productivity and rapidly bring data to life. Intel today disclosed that the world-record performance of the Intel Xeon Scalable processors is now available for next-generation expert workstations to enable photorealistic design, modeling, artificial intelligence (AI), analytics and virtual-reality (VR) content creation.

MORE: Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Designed for Professional Workstations (Lisa Spelman Blog) | Intel Xeon Workstation Overview (PDF) | Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (Press Kit)

One of the most exciting trends in entertainment today is immersive 3D VR media, and professional workstations are a key component to the creation of this content. Rendering immersive media is a time-consuming process that demands the highest performance workstations. Companies like Technicolor* are using Intel Xeon Scalable processors to push the boundaries of immersive media by accelerating the creation, rendering and processing of this data, and bringing the ultimate VR creation experience to life. Marcie Jastrow, Technicolor senior vice president, Immersive Media and Head of the Technicolor Experience Center, stated, “Intel Xeon Scalable processors represent the ultimate in what is possible in VR today, and it also makes me feel very hopeful about what will happen tomorrow in immersive VR media.”

Beyond VR, many organizations are taking advantage of workstations to accelerate creation and innovation. From faster time to market with computer-aided design tools and creating ultrahigh-definition (HD) and 3D content, to improving medical care and driving faster financial trades and AI analytics, workstations give professionals a powerful productivity tool.

Unveiled in July 2017, Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver breakthrough dual-socket performance1 for the most advanced workstation professionals, offering up to 56 cores, up to 112 threads and an Intel® Turbo Boost Technology frequency up to 4.2 GHz. Expert workstations will experience up to a 2.71x boost in performance compared to a 4-year-old system2 and up to 1.65x higher performance compared to the previous generation.3

As part of today’s news, Intel also unveiled the new Intel Xeon W processors, targeting mainstream workstations. The Intel Xeon W processor delivers optimized performance1 for traditional workstation professionals by combining mainstream performance, enhanced memory capabilities, and hardware-enhanced security and reliability features.

The single-socket Intel Xeon W processor delivers mainstream performance optimized1 for the needs of traditional workstation professionals. The Intel Xeon W processor features up to 18 cores and up to 36 threads, with an Intel Turbo Boost Technology frequency up to 4.5 GHz. Mainstream workstations will experience up to a 1.87x boost in performance compared to a 4-year-old system4 and up to 1.38x higher performance compared to the previous generation.5

To learn more about gaining the ultimate performance with professional-grade workstations based on Intel Xeon processors, visit Intel’s workstation page, and to learn more about the Intel Xeon Scalable platform, visit Intel’s Xeon Scalable page.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit http://www.intel.com/benchmarks.

1 Statements are based on new Intel products and features compared against historical Intel products and features. Unless otherwise noted, statements and examples referencing Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors are shown based on a dual-socket configuration. Statements and examples referencing Intel® Xeon® W processors are shown as single-socket configurations only.

2 Up to 2.71x performance improvement versus a 4-year-old workstation. Config: Based on best-published two-socket SPECfp*_rate_base2006 result submitted to/published at http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/ as of 11 July 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor on Huawei 2288H V5 with 384 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 (x86_64) Kernel 4.4.21-69-default, using C/C++ and Fortran: Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel C/C++ and Intel Fortran Compiler for Linux. Source: submitted to www.spec.org, SPECfp*_rate_base2006 Score: 1850 compared to 1-Node, 1 node, 2x Intel® Xeon® E5-2697 v2 on Cisco Systems Cisco UCS C220 M3 using 128 GB total memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.4 (Santiago) 2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64 C/C++: Version 14.0.0.080 of Intel C++ Studio XE for Linux; Fortran: Version 4.0.0.080 of Intel Fortran Studio XE for Linux. Source: https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2013q4/cpu2006-20130923-26455.html SPECfp*_rate_base2006 Score: 682

3 Up to 1.65x performance improvement gen-on-gen. Config: Based on best-published two-socket SPECfp*_rate_base2006 result submitted to/published at http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/ as of 11 July 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor on Huawei 2288H V5 with 384 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 (x86_64) Kernel 4.4.21-69-default, using C/C++ and Fortran: Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel C/C++ and Intel Fortran Compiler for Linux. Source: submitted to www.spec.org, SPECfp*_rate_base2006 Score: 1850 compared to 1 node, 2x x Intel® Xeon® E5-2699A v4 on Lenovo Group Limited Lenovo System x3650 M5 using 256 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (x86_64) Kernel 3.12.49-11-default C/C++: Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel C/C++ Compiler for Linux; Fortran: Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel Fortran Compiler for Linux. Source: https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2016q4/cpu2006-20161129-45946.html; SPECfp*_rate_base2006 Score: 1120

4 Up to 1.87x performance improvement versus a 4-year-old workstation. Config: 1-Node, 1 x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-1680 v2 on Romley-EP with 64 GB Total Memory on CentOS release 6.9 2.6.32-431.el6.x86_64 using C/C++: Version 14.0.0.080 of Intel C/C++ studio XE for Linux, AVX Data Source: Request Number: 3822, Benchmark: SPECint*_rate_base2006, Score: 332 Higher is better; vs 1-Node, 1 x Intel® Xeon® W-2155 processor on Basin Falls RVP with 128 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.3 using CPU2006-1.2-ic17.0u3-lin-binaries-20170411. Data Source: Request Number: 3821, Benchmark: SPECint*_rate_base2006, Score: 622 Higher is better.

5 Up to 1.38x performance improvement versus previous generation. Config: 1-Node, 1 x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-1680 v4 on on Supermicro SYS_5038A-A with 128 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.3 kernel 3.10.0-514.16.1.el7x86_64 using C/C++: Version 17.0.3.1919 of Intel C/C++ Compiler for Linux, AVX2 Data Source: Request Number: 3822, Benchmark: SPECint*_rate_base2006, Score: 449 Higher is better; vs 1-Node, 1 x Intel® Xeon® W-2155 processor on Basin Falls RVP with 128 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.3 using CPU2006-1.2-ic17.0u3-lin-binaries-20170411. Data Source: Request Number: 3821, Benchmark: SPECint*_rate_base2006, Score: 622 Higher is better.

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Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Accelerate Creation and Innovation in Next-Generation Workstations

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Workstations powered by Intel® Xeon® processors meet the most stringent demands for professionals seeking to increase productivity and rapidly bring data to life. Intel today disclosed that the world-record performance of the Intel Xeon Scalable processors is now available for next-generation expert workstations to enable photorealistic design, modeling, artificial intelligence (AI), analytics and virtual-reality (VR) content creation.

MORE: Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Designed for Professional Workstations (Lisa Spelman Blog) | Intel Xeon Workstation Overview (PDF) | Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (Press Kit)

One of the most exciting trends in entertainment today is immersive 3D VR media, and professional workstations are a key component to the creation of this content. Rendering immersive media is a time-consuming process that demands the highest performance workstations. Companies like Technicolor* are using Intel Xeon Scalable processors to push the boundaries of immersive media by accelerating the creation, rendering and processing of this data, and bringing the ultimate VR creation experience to life. Marcie Jastrow, Technicolor senior vice president, Immersive Media and Head of The Technicolor Experience Center, stated, “Intel Xeon Scalable processors represent the ultimate in what is possible in VR today, and it also makes me feel very hopeful about what will happen tomorrow in immersive VR media.”

Beyond VR, many organizations are taking advantage of workstations to accelerate creation and innovation. From faster time to market with computer-aided design tools and creating ultrahigh-definition (HD) and 3D content, to improving medical care and driving faster financial trades and AI analytics, workstations give professionals a powerful productivity tool.

Unveiled in July 2017, Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver breakthrough dual-socket performance1 for the most advanced workstation professionals, offering up to 56 cores, up to 112 threads and an Intel® Turbo Boost Technology frequency up to 4.2 GHz. Expert workstations will experience up to a 2.71x boost in performance compared to a 4-year-old system2 and up to 1.65x higher performance compared to the previous generation.3

As part of today’s news, Intel also unveiled the new Intel Xeon W processors, targeting mainstream workstations. The Intel Xeon W processor delivers optimized performance1 for traditional workstation professionals by combining mainstream performance, enhanced memory capabilities, and hardware-enhanced security and reliability features.

The single-socket Intel Xeon W processor delivers mainstream performance optimized1 for the needs of traditional workstation professionals. The Intel Xeon W processor features up to 18 cores and up to 36 threads, with an Intel Turbo Boost Technology frequency up to 4.5 GHz. Mainstream workstations will experience up to a 1.87x boost in performance compared to a 4-year-old system4 and up to 1.38x higher performance compared to the previous generation.5

To learn more about gaining the ultimate performance with professional-grade workstations based on Intel Xeon processors, visit Intel’s workstation page, and to learn more about the Intel Xeon Scalable platform, visit Intel’s Xeon Scalable page.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit http://www.intel.com/benchmarks.

1 Statements are based on new Intel products and features compared against historical Intel products and features. Unless otherwise noted, statements and examples referencing Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors are shown based on a dual-socket configuration. Statements and examples referencing Intel® Xeon® W processors are shown as single-socket configurations only.

2 Up to 2.71x performance improvement versus a 4-year-old workstation. Config: Based on best-published two-socket SPECfp*_rate_base2006 result submitted to/published at http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/ as of 11 July 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor on Huawei 2288H V5 with 384 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 (x86_64) Kernel 4.4.21-69-default, using C/C++ and Fortran: Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel C/C++ and Intel Fortran Compiler for Linux. Source: submitted to www.spec.org, SPECfp*_rate_base2006 Score: 1850 compared to 1-Node, 1 node, 2x Intel® Xeon® E5-2697 v2 on Cisco Systems Cisco UCS C220 M3 using 128 GB total memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.4 (Santiago) 2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64 C/C++: Version 14.0.0.080 of Intel C++ Studio XE for Linux; Fortran: Version 4.0.0.080 of Intel Fortran Studio XE for Linux. Source: https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2013q4/cpu2006-20130923-26455.html SPECfp*_rate_base2006 Score: 682

3 Up to 1.65x performance improvement gen-on-gen. Config: Based on best-published two-socket SPECfp*_rate_base2006 result submitted to/published at http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/ as of 11 July 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor on Huawei 2288H V5 with 384 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 (x86_64) Kernel 4.4.21-69-default, using C/C++ and Fortran: Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel C/C++ and Intel Fortran Compiler for Linux. Source: submitted to www.spec.org, SPECfp*_rate_base2006 Score: 1850 compared to 1 node, 2x x Intel® Xeon® E5-2699A v4 on Lenovo Group Limited Lenovo System x3650 M5 using 256 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (x86_64) Kernel 3.12.49-11-default C/C++: Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel C/C++ Compiler for Linux; Fortran: Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel Fortran Compiler for Linux. Source: https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2016q4/cpu2006-20161129-45946.html; SPECfp*_rate_base2006 Score: 1120

4 Up to 1.87x performance improvement versus a 4-year-old workstation. Config: 1-Node, 1 x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-1680 v2 on Romley-EP with 64 GB Total Memory on CentOS release 6.9 2.6.32-431.el6.x86_64 using C/C++: Version 14.0.0.080 of Intel C/C++ studio XE for Linux, AVX Data Source: Request Number: 3822, Benchmark: SPECint*_rate_base2006, Score: 332 Higher is better; vs 1-Node, 1 x Intel® Xeon® W-2155 processor on Basin Falls RVP with 128 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.3 using CPU2006-1.2-ic17.0u3-lin-binaries-20170411. Data Source: Request Number: 3821, Benchmark: SPECint*_rate_base2006, Score: 622 Higher is better.

5 Up to 1.38x performance improvement versus previous generation. Config: 1-Node, 1 x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-1680 v4 on on Supermicro SYS_5038A-A with 128 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.3 kernel 3.10.0-514.16.1.el7x86_64 using C/C++: Version 17.0.3.1919 of Intel C/C++ Compiler for Linux, AVX2 Data Source: Request Number: 3822, Benchmark: SPECint*_rate_base2006, Score: 449 Higher is better; vs 1-Node, 1 x Intel® Xeon® W-2155 processor on Basin Falls RVP with 128 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.3 using CPU2006-1.2-ic17.0u3-lin-binaries-20170411. Data Source: Request Number: 3821, Benchmark: SPECint*_rate_base2006, Score: 622 Higher is better.

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Intel and Microsoft Collaborate to Deliver Industry-First Enterprise Blockchain Service

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Today, Microsoft announced a new framework that enables businesses to adopt blockchain technology for increased enterprise privacy and security, and named Intel as a key hardware and software development partner. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft, Intel and other blockchain technology leaders will build a new enterprise-targeted blockchain framework – called the Coco Framework – that integrates Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) to deliver improved transaction speed, scale and data confidentiality to enterprises. This first-of-its-kind innovation accelerates the enterprise readiness of blockchain technology, allowing developers to create flexible and more secure enterprise blockchain applications that can be easily managed by businesses.

Rick Echevarria Blog: Collaborating with Microsoft to Strengthen Enterprise Blockchains

Blockchain is a digital record-keeping system where digital transactions are executed, validated and recorded chronologically and publicly. Because it’s decentralized and transparent, it increases the efficiency and security of financial transactions – and does so at a significantly lower cost than traditional ledgers. The technology can be used for everything from simple file sharing to complex global payment processing and has the potential to transform the way companies operate.

Intel, Microsoft and other blockchain technology leaders are working together to deliver security-enhanced, scalable capabilities in blockchain services. The Coco Framework uses Intel SGX to add new levels of privacy and confidentiality to blockchain transactions. Intel SGX is a hardware-based security technology that can help improve blockchain solutions by providing a trusted execution environment that isolates key portions of a blockchain program. Intel SGX consists of a set of CPU instructions and platform enhancements that create private areas in the CPU and memory that can protect code and data during execution. Intel SGX helps the Coco Framework provide confidential data and accelerated transaction throughput. The data confidentiality is achieved by encrypting sensitive blockchain data until it is opened in an Intel SGX enclave by a permitted program. The accelerated throughput is achieved by isolating the transaction verification process to speed network consensus.

Intel is an active participant in the blockchain revolution, participating in developing standards, actively contributing technology and providing expert insight. Intel is actively engaged with industry leaders to improve performance, reliability and scalability of blockchain technologies.

Intel® Xeon processors provide unique capabilities that can improve the privacy, security and scalability of distributed ledger networks. For example, the recently-announced Intel® Xeon Scalable processors include a range of hardware-based trust, key protection and crypto-acceleration features that increase blockchain security and performance.

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Intel and Microsoft Collaborate to Deliver Industry-First Enterprise Blockchain Service

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Today, Microsoft announced a new framework that enables businesses to adopt blockchain technology for increased enterprise privacy and security, and named Intel as a key hardware and software development partner. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft, Intel and other blockchain technology leaders will build a new enterprise-targeted blockchain framework – called the Coco Framework – that integrates Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) to deliver improved transaction speed, scale and data confidentiality to enterprises. This first-of-its-kind innovation accelerates the enterprise readiness of blockchain technology, allowing developers to create flexible and more secure enterprise blockchain applications that can be easily managed by businesses.

Rick Echevarria Blog: Collaborating with Microsoft to Strengthen Enterprise Blockchains

Blockchain is a digital record-keeping system where digital transactions are executed, validated and recorded chronologically and publicly. Because it’s decentralized and transparent, it increases the efficiency and security of financial transactions – and does so at a significantly lower cost than traditional ledgers. The technology can be used for everything from simple file sharing to complex global payment processing and has the potential to transform the way companies operate.

Intel, Microsoft and other blockchain technology leaders are working together to deliver security-enhanced, scalable capabilities in blockchain services. The Coco Framework uses Intel SGX to add new levels of privacy and confidentiality to blockchain transactions. Intel SGX is a hardware-based security technology that can help improve blockchain solutions by providing a trusted execution environment that isolates key portions of a blockchain program. Intel SGX consists of a set of CPU instructions and platform enhancements that create private areas in the CPU and memory that can protect code and data during execution. Intel SGX helps the Coco Framework provide confidential data and accelerated transaction throughput. The data confidentiality is achieved by encrypting sensitive blockchain data until it is opened in an Intel SGX enclave by a permitted program. The accelerated throughput is achieved by isolating the transaction verification process to speed network consensus.

Intel is an active participant in the blockchain revolution, participating in developing standards, actively contributing technology and providing expert insight. Intel is actively engaged with industry leaders to improve performance, reliability and scalability of blockchain technologies.

Intel® Xeon processors provide unique capabilities that can improve the privacy, security and scalability of distributed ledger networks. For example, the recently-announced Intel® Xeon Scalable processors include a range of hardware-based trust, key protection and crypto-acceleration features that increase blockchain security and performance.

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AT&T Accelerates Network Transformation on the Path to 5G with Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Navin Shenoy, (left) executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel Corporation, speaks with John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T Technology and Operations, during the introduction of Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel recently unveiled its new Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors that enable communications service providers to accelerate the transformation of fixed-function, purpose-built networks into flexible, software-defined networks. These networks will be capable of delivering ultra-low latency, high data capacity and lightning fast speeds – ushering in the 5G era with billons of devices connected to the cloud and life-changing experiences such as autonomous driving.

Press Kit: Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

AT&T is collaborating with Intel to transform its network and advance the progress of 5G. John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T Technology and Operations, appeared on stage at the Intel Xeon Scalable Processor launch event with Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, to discuss AT&T’s involvement in the Intel Xeon Scalable processor early access program.

Donovan shared that AT&T was able to get production traffic running on servers using the new processors in weeks, and has seen a 30 percent performance improvement over its current install base since deploying the Intel Xeon Scalable platform in March. AT&T has also seen a 25 percent reduction in the number of servers needed per cluster, with larger data throughput – improving overall total cost of ownership. Further, Donovan explained AT&T’s relationship with Intel lets AT&T build, fine-tune and accelerate time to market with its software-centric, cloudified solutions, like AT&T’s FlexWare. This all is helping AT&T achieve its goal of virtualizing 75 percent of its network by 2020; AT&T expects to reach 55 percent by the end of this year.

Donovan further explained that this progress represents the type of improvements needed for AT&T to stay ahead of surging demand for data capacity, rapidly add new services and ready its network for 5G.

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AT&T Accelerates Network Transformation on the Path to 5G with Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Navin Shenoy, (left) executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel Corporation, speaks with John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T Technology and Operations, during the introduction of Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel recently unveiled its new Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors that enable communications service providers to accelerate the transformation of fixed-function, purpose-built networks into flexible, software-defined networks. These networks will be capable of delivering ultra-low latency, high data capacity and lightning fast speeds – ushering in the 5G era with billons of devices connected to the cloud and life-changing experiences such as autonomous driving.

Press Kit: Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

AT&T is collaborating with Intel to transform its network and advance the progress of 5G. John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T Technology and Operations, appeared on stage at the Intel Xeon Scalable Processor launch event with Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, to discuss AT&T’s involvement in the Intel Xeon Scalable processor early access program.

Donovan shared that AT&T was able to get production traffic running on servers using the new processors in weeks, and has seen a 30 percent performance improvement over its current install base since deploying the Intel Xeon Scalable platform in March. AT&T has also seen a 25 percent reduction in the number of servers needed per cluster, with larger data throughput – improving overall total cost of ownership. Further, Donovan explained AT&T’s relationship with Intel lets AT&T build, fine-tune and accelerate time to market with its software-centric, cloudified solutions, like AT&T’s FlexWare. This all is helping AT&T achieve its goal of virtualizing 75 percent of its network by 2020; AT&T expects to reach 55 percent by the end of this year.

Donovan further explained that this progress represents the type of improvements needed for AT&T to stay ahead of surging demand for data capacity, rapidly add new services and ready its network for 5G.

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The Intel Xeon Scalable – a Truly Big Day for the Data Center

Lisa SpelmanBy Lisa Spelman

Today is a big day, one of those “once-in-a-career” kind of days. Around the world, Intel launched the all-new Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform, our highest-performance, most versatile data center platform ever. We’ve been asked if this is really the biggest data center advancement in the industry in a decade, as we like to call it, and let me tell you that it most certainly is.

News Release: Intel Unveils Powerful Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, Bringing Next-Generation Business and Consumer Experiences to Life
Press Kit: Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family

Digital transformation is accelerating. Every industry – transportation, retail, manufacturing, health care, professional services, even farming – is improving and streamlining through digital change. Highly adaptable, software-defined, on- or off-premise clouds are replacing fixed-function infrastructure. Data that would have been stored in the equivalent of digital shoe boxes, never to be seen again, is now activated with powerful analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), revealing new insights and opportunities. Autonomous vehicles will require teraflops of compute power every hour they are on the road, air or water. No matter the game, it is being changed.

Five years ago, I was in Intel IT. I could not have imagined that a single platform could have the versatility to cover compute, storage and communications in a modern data center – but our amazing engineers did it. With up to 28 of the highest-performance cores, the all-new Intel Xeon Scalable platform can support up to 4.2x more virtual machines1 and up to 5x more transactions per second2 than 4-year-old systems. Configured for storage, it delivers up to 5x more IOPS at up to 70 percent lower latency3 to quickly commit data to storage or bring it forward for analysis. For communications, the Intel Xeon Scalable platform can power emerging 5G networks, offering up to 2.5x better performance for key networking applications.4

All the customers we serve – cloud and communications service providers, enterprises, HPC and AI engineers – can fuel their digital transformation with the Intel Xeon Scalable platform. Our early-ship customers are already seeing great results. For example, AT&T* is already running production traffic and has seen a major performance improvement using 25 percent fewer servers per cluster.5 Customers on the Google* Compute Platform have seen up to 40 percent more performance, and more that 100 percent more performance when the application includes optimization for Intel® AVX-512 instructions.6 And leading content creator Technicolor* reduced time to render virtual reality content by almost 3x,7 freeing up valuable time for their most creative employees.

Beyond the hardware, something that makes Intel truly unique is our ability to align the data center ecosystem to fully unleash the platform’s performance and provide a jumping-off point for ongoing industry innovation. Over the past five years, we’ve worked with leading software companies, contributed to open source communities, and released tools and libraries that help developers take full advantage of the performance and security features of the Intel Xeon Scalable platform. Our Cloud, Fabric, Network and Storage Builders programs helped more than 480 companies accelerate and optimize their solutions and publish reference architectures. I believe Intel knowledge shared with the ecosystem is value unlocked for our customers.

The combined power of Intel platforms, ecosystem partnerships and performance engineering come together in another of today’s announcements: Intel® Select Solutions. Intel Select Solutions are optimized hardware/software configurations targeting today’s complex data center and communications network workloads. Specified and tested by Intel, these solutions can reduce IT’s evaluation and testing burden, accelerate time to deployment, and increase confidence they will enjoy reliable solution performance.

This breakthrough platform took years of mind-bending work by thousands of brilliant people around the world, and I can’t sign off this post without thanking the entire Intel team, along with the systems manufacturers, service providers and developers that invested so much energy to make all this possible. I heap superlatives upon you, for you have truly earned them.

Yes, today is a very big day, indeed.

I invite you to learn more about how the Intel Xeon Scalable platform family can transform your data center and take your business to new heights at www.intel.com/xeonscalable.

Lisa Spelman is vice president and general manager of the Data Center Marketing Group at Intel Corporation.

Results have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information go to http://www.intel.com/performance/datacenter.

1Up to 4.28x more VMs based on server virtualization consolidation workload: Based on Intel® internal estimates 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2690 on Romley-EP with 256 GB Total Memory on VMware ESXi* 6.0 GA using Guest OS RHEL6.4, glassfish3.1.2.2, postgresql9.2. Data Source: Request Number: 1718, Benchmark: server virtualization consolidation, Score: 377.6 @ 21 VMs vs. 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 Processor on Wolf Pass SKX with 768 GB Total Memory on VMware ESXi6.0 U3 GA using Guest OS RHEL 6 64bit. Data Source: Request Number: 2563, Benchmark: server virtualization consolidation, Score: 1580 @ 90 VMs. Higher is better

2Up to 5x claim based on OLTP Warehouse workload: 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-4870 on Emerald Ridge with 512 GB Total Memory on Oracle Linux* 6.4 using Oracle 12c* running 800 warehouses. Data Source: Request Number: 56, Benchmark: HammerDB, Score: 2.46322e+006 Higher is better vs. 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 Processor on Lightning Ridge SKX with 768 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.3 using Oracle 12.2.0.1 (including database and grid)

35x IOPS and 70 percent lower latency claims based on the following configurations.

45X networking claim based on the following configurations, and measures IPSEC forwarding rate in Gbps

5Source: AT&T

6Source: Google

7Source: Technicolor

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The Intel Xeon Scalable – a Truly Big Day for the Data Center

Lisa SpelmanBy Lisa Spelman

Today is a big day, one of those “once-in-a-career” kind of days. Around the world, Intel launched the all-new Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform, our highest-performance, most versatile data center platform ever. We’ve been asked if this is really the biggest data center advancement in the industry in a decade, as we like to call it, and let me tell you that it most certainly is.

News Release: Intel Unveils Powerful Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, Bringing Next-Generation Business and Consumer Experiences to Life
Press Kit: Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Digital transformation is accelerating. Every industry – transportation, retail, manufacturing, health care, professional services, even farming – is improving and streamlining through digital change. Highly adaptable, software-defined, on- or off-premise clouds are replacing fixed-function infrastructure. Data that would have been stored in the equivalent of digital shoe boxes, never to be seen again, is now activated with powerful analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), revealing new insights and opportunities. Autonomous vehicles will require teraflops of compute power every hour they are on the road, air or water. No matter the game, it is being changed.

Five years ago, I was in Intel IT. I could not have imagined that a single platform could have the versatility to cover compute, storage and communications in a modern data center – but our amazing engineers did it. With up to 28 of the highest-performance cores, the all-new Intel Xeon Scalable platform can support up to 4.2x more virtual machines1 and up to 5x more transactions per second2 than 4-year-old systems. Configured for storage, it delivers up to 5x more IOPS at up to 70 percent lower latency3 to quickly commit data to storage or bring it forward for analysis. For communications, the Intel Xeon Scalable platform can power emerging 5G networks, offering up to 2.5x better performance for key networking applications.4

All the customers we serve – cloud and communications service providers, enterprises, HPC and AI engineers – can fuel their digital transformation with the Intel Xeon Scalable platform. Our early-ship customers are already seeing great results. For example, AT&T* is already running production traffic and has seen a major performance improvement using 25 percent fewer servers per cluster.5 Customers on the Google* Compute Platform have seen up to 40 percent more performance, and more that 100 percent more performance when the application includes optimization for Intel® AVX-512 instructions.6 And leading content creator Technicolor* reduced time to render virtual reality content by almost 3x,7 freeing up valuable time for their most creative employees.

Beyond the hardware, something that makes Intel truly unique is our ability to align the data center ecosystem to fully unleash the platform’s performance and provide a jumping-off point for ongoing industry innovation. Over the past five years, we’ve worked with leading software companies, contributed to open source communities, and released tools and libraries that help developers take full advantage of the performance and security features of the Intel Xeon Scalable platform. Our Cloud, Fabric, Network and Storage Builders programs helped more than 480 companies accelerate and optimize their solutions and publish reference architectures. I believe Intel knowledge shared with the ecosystem is value unlocked for our customers.

The combined power of Intel platforms, ecosystem partnerships and performance engineering come together in another of today’s announcements: Intel® Select Solutions. Intel Select Solutions are optimized hardware/software configurations targeting today’s complex data center and communications network workloads. Specified and tested by Intel, these solutions can reduce IT’s evaluation and testing burden, accelerate time to deployment, and increase confidence they will enjoy reliable solution performance.

This breakthrough platform took years of mind-bending work by thousands of brilliant people around the world, and I can’t sign off this post without thanking the entire Intel team, along with the systems manufacturers, service providers and developers that invested so much energy to make all this possible. I heap superlatives upon you, for you have truly earned them.

Yes, today is a very big day, indeed.

I invite you to learn more about how the Intel Xeon Scalable platform family can transform your data center and take your business to new heights at www.intel.com/xeonscalable.

Lisa Spelman is vice president and general manager of Intel Xeon products and marketing in the Data Center Group at Intel Corporation.

Results have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information go to http://www.intel.com/performance/datacenter.

1Up to 4.28x more VMs based on server virtualization consolidation workload: Based on Intel® internal estimates 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2690 on Romley-EP with 256 GB Total Memory on VMware ESXi* 6.0 GA using Guest OS RHEL6.4, glassfish3.1.2.2, postgresql9.2. Data Source: Request Number: 1718, Benchmark: server virtualization consolidation, Score: 377.6 @ 21 VMs vs. 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 Processor on Wolf Pass SKX with 768 GB Total Memory on VMware ESXi6.0 U3 GA using Guest OS RHEL 6 64bit. Data Source: Request Number: 2563, Benchmark: server virtualization consolidation, Score: 1580 @ 90 VMs. Higher is better

2Up to 5x claim based on OLTP Warehouse workload: 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-4870 on Emerald Ridge with 512 GB Total Memory on Oracle Linux* 6.4 using Oracle 12c* running 800 warehouses. Data Source: Request Number: 56, Benchmark: HammerDB, Score: 2.46322e+006 Higher is better vs. 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 Processor on Lightning Ridge SKX with 768 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.3 using Oracle 12.2.0.1 (including database and grid)

35x IOPS and 70 percent lower latency claims based on the following configurations.

45X networking claim based on the following configurations, and measures IPSEC forwarding rate in Gbps

5Source: AT&T

6Source: Google

7Source: Technicolor

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