LAKE WALES, Fla. ‐ Intel plans to add a super-scalable new Xeon processor family of supercomputer caliber central processing units sometime around the middle of this year.
Intel's highest end processor in its new scalable Xeon processor family.
The effort is called "re-architecting the data center with the Intel's Xeon-processor scalable family," said Lisa Spelman, vice president and general manager of the Intel Xeon Products and Data Center Marketing Group.
The bottom line is that the whole group of Xeon models will be joined into a single family that allows easy scalability for top to bottom, instead of just marketing a mis-mash of Xeon E5 and E7 SKUs (stock keeping units).
More like a super-SoC, the new scalable Xeon processor family has optical fabric, networking, accelerators and solid-state disk interfaces on-chip plus high-speed connections to its FPGAs, Nirvana deep learning, multi-processing Xeon Phi and silicon photonics.
Like super-SoCs, the entire family will work together with Intel's other on-chip technologies, including its optical fabric, networking, accelerators and solid-state disk interfaces plus high-speed connections to its Altera FPGAs, its Nirvana deep-learning neural-network chips, its multi-processing Xeon Phi chips and it advanced silicon photonics.
Details are scant, but Spelman cites IDC as predicting that 50 percent of Forbes' Global 2000 will be creating digitally enhanced products by 2020. Spelman also cites Gartner's prediction of an 80 percent increase in the "digital revenue" among large organization is coming by 2020, and PWC's prediction that 50 percent of the workforce will be Millennials by 2020.
Intel has merged its E5 and E7 monikers, plus added hardware glue to each, creating a seamless family of scalable Xeon processors graded from bronze to silver to gold to platinum.
As a result, datacenters will have to deal with an onslaught of data from virtual/artificial reality, autonomous cars, 5G connectivity, personalized medicine, genomic analysis, wearables, realtime inventory, smart agriculture and realtime pricing. Intel's re-architected, seamless, scalable family of new Xeon processor is designed to meet the performance, security and agility needs of this next decade of challenges, so says Spelman.
— R. Colin Johnson, Advanced Technology Editor, EE Times