Technology company Intel has revealed the main features of the new Intel Xeon D-2100 processor, mainly targeting communication service providers for the 5G era.
The new processor will address edge applications and other demanding data center or network applications, said Intel.
The US-based company said Intel Xeon D-2100 processor extends the performance and innovation of the Intel Xeon Scalable platform. Intel has earlier positioned the Xeon Scalable platform also for 5G environments. 5G investment will start increasing from 2019 and beyond.
“Service providers need to optimize their data center and edge infrastructures to meet the growing demands of bandwidth-hungry end users and their smart and connected devices during the 5G era,” said Sandra Rivera, senior vice president and general manager of the Network Platforms Group at Intel.
The Intel Xeon D-2100 processor allows telecom service providers and enterprises to deliver the maximum amount of compute intelligence at the edge or web tier while expending the least power.
Intel Xeon D-2100 processors will offer better performance and hardware-enhanced security to the network edge in support of workloads that demand more compute, analytics and data protection closer to endpoint devices.
The new Intel processors will help communications service providers offer multi-access edge computing (MEC), which allows software applications to tap into local content and real-time information about local-access network conditions, reducing mobile core network of network congestion.
This can enable uses cases ranging from 5G-connected cars, smart stadiums, and retail and medical solutions. Recently, analyst firm Technology Business Review said telecoms will be investing in 5G for improving efficiency in the initial phase since most 5G use cases will be getting ready in 2020 and later.
The new processors will also enable CSPs to deliver higher-capacity workload-optimized networking services with enhanced performance at lower power in virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE) such as VPNs and encryption services.
The Intel Xeon D-2100 processors include up to 18 Skylake-server generation Intel Xeon processor cores and integrated Intel QuickAssist Technology with up to 100 Gbps of built-in cryptography, decryption and encryption acceleration.
Other use cases for Intel Xeon D-2100 processor
Intel is also selling Intel Xeon D-2100 processor to storage companies. It is an option for density-optimized, lightweight hyperscale cloud workloads such as dynamic web serving, memory caching, dedicated hosting and warm storage.
Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) can use these latest Intel processors to bring higher performance to content delivery at the network edge in order to keep latency low for streaming media to viewers.
Intel said the processor targets entry enterprise SAN and NAS storage, midrange routers, network appliances, security appliances, wireless base stations and embedded midrange IoT usages, among others.