Why telecoms should deploy 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors

Intel has explained how the latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver significant increase in performance to telecom operators.Intel Navin Shenoy

Navin Shenoy, executive vice president in Intel’s Data Platforms Group, presents during the introduction of 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Intel introduced the new processors and the platform they power during a virtual presentation on April 6, 2021.

Intel’s 5G push gives economies that are worried about security issues or geopolitical tensions a lot more flexibility. They can lean on Western supply chains to build out their 5G infrastructure,” Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the data platforms group at Intel, said.

New 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver a significant performance increase compared with the prior generation, with an average 46 percent improvement on popular data center workloads.

The latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver up to 40 cores per processor and up to 2.65 times higher average performance gain compared with a 5-year-old system. The platform supports up to 6 terabytes of system memory per socket, up to 8 channels of DDR4-3200 memory per socket and up to 64 lanes of PCIe Gen4 per socket.

The latest hardware and software optimizations deliver 74 percent faster AI performance compared with the prior generation and provide up to 1.5 times higher performance across a broad mix of 20 popular AI workloads versus AMD EPYC 7763 and up to 1.3 times higher performance on a broad mix of 20 popular AI workloads versus Nvidia A100 GPU.

The company said Intel Xeon Scalable processors are supported by more than 500 ready-to-deploy Intel IoT Market Ready Solutions and Intel Select Solutions that help to accelerate customer deployments — with up to 80 percent of our Intel Select Solutions being refreshed by end of year.

Over 800 of the world’s cloud service providers run on Intel Xeon Scalable processors, and all of the largest cloud service providers are planning to offer cloud services in 2021 powered by 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

The latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver on average 62 percent more performance on a range of broadly-deployed network and 5G workloads over the prior generation.

The platform delivers up to 1.56 times more AI inference performance for image classification than the prior generations.

The new network-optimized SKUs are the ideal choice for wireless core, wireless access, network edge workloads and security appliances. They are available in a range of cores, frequency, features and power to deliver lower latency, higher throughput and deterministic performance for service provider network transformation requirements.

Intel Software Guard Extensions integrated into the 3rd Gen Xeon processors enable secure channel setup and communication between the 5G control functions. Built-in crypto acceleration can reduce the performance impact of full data encryption and increase the performance of encryption-intensive workloads.

3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors can be paired with Intel’s suite of platform ingredients and software — including Intel  FPGAs, Intel Ethernet 800 series adapters, Intel Optane  persistent memory, FlexRAN, OpenNESS, Open Visual Cloud and Intel Smart Edge — to bring the processor performance to life and help customers achieve the right total cost of ownership.

Agilex 10 nanometer (nm) FPGAs, which are now shipping and achieve nearly twice the performance per watt over competing 7nm devices, are being used in wireless core and access segments to provide infrastructure acceleration capabilities and other valuable features to complement core and access workloads running on Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

Network-optimized 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors are designed to support diverse operator network environments, and optimized for multiple workloads, for example:

Intel has demonstrated that communications service providers can increase 5G UPF performance by up to 42 percent with 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Combined with Intel Ethernet 800 series adapters, they can deliver the performance, efficiency and trust for use cases that require low latency, including augmented reality, cloud-based gaming, discrete automation and even robotic-aided surgery.

Rakuten Mobile is working with Intel to leverage new features available in 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors for its next-generation mobile cloud platform server, which will support various workloads in central and regional data centers.

SK Telecom can use the 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor paired with Ethernet adapters and optimized NFV solutions to accelerate deployment of the latest technologies in the core and throughout the 5G network. This will result in its subscribers enjoying stable 5G service quality.

Operators virtualize the Radio Access Network (vRAN) for agility and they are relying on 5G massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) to increase capacity and throughput. With Intel’s newest Intel Xeon processors, Intel Ethernet 800 series adapters and Intel vRAN dedicated accelerators, customers can double massive MIMO throughput in a similar power envelope for a best-in-class 3x100MHz 64T64R vRAN configuration.

Verizon has been on the leading edge of virtualizing their entire network, including the RAN. Intel Xeon processors deliver processing requirements to support Verizon’s end-to-end virtualization goals, and the advancements in the silicon provide higher capacity and efficiency for vRAN.

Vodafone depends on the most advanced technologies and partnerships to build an agile and flexible mobile network, as they bring Open RAN to commercial reality. Intel has been a long-standing partner to Vodafone, bringing a diverse and innovative ecosystem. The newest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors are a good example of the high-performance technology that can be leveraged as Vodafone works on 5G massive MIMO workflows for Open RAN development.

With Intel 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable processors and the latest Intel Optane persistent memory, customers can get up to 1.63 times higher throughput and 33 percent more memory capacity, enabling them to serve the same number of subscribers at higher resolution or a greater number of subscribers at the same resolution.

AT&T can expand CDN capacity with fewer nodes, providing significant savings in cost of ownership with the combination of Intel 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable processors performance and power savings with Intel Optane Persistent Memory.

Intel’s new chip — 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors — will be slower than AMD’s new flagship data center server chip released last month, says the latest Reuters report.

Intel’s new chip will be slower than AMD’s new flagship data center server chip released last month. Intel years ago lost its speed lead because of fumbles with the in-house 10-nanometer manufacturing technology it uses to make the chip, while AMD outsources its server chip manufacturing to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd and has gained market share against Intel.