The much-anticipated unification of Intel’s Xeon E3, E5 and E7 product lines is upon us. Starting with the upcoming “Skylake” datacenter chips, all Xeons will now fall under the new Xeon Scalable Processor (SP) family. As a result, the Xeon EP, and EX suffixes are being consolidated into a single SP designation. However, under the new structure, Intel has come up with four processor levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. It’s anticipated that the old E3 (single-socket), E5 (dual-socket) and E7 (quad-socket/multi-socket) will map to the Silver, Gold and Platinum levels, respectively, but since four levels need to be filled, it’s likely to get a bit more nuanced than that. In any case, Intel is using the announcement of the new family to tee up the Skylake silicon, which according to an editorial penned by Intel VP and GM Lisa Spelman, represents “the biggest set of data center platform advancements in this decade.” Skylake will include a number of integrated “performance accelerators,” namely the 512-bit Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX-512), QuickAssist Technology (QAT), and the Volume Management Device (VMD). Not all Skylake SP chips will include all these accelerators. Rather, they will be distributed across the various levels and individual SKUs based on their anticipated target audience. Learn more at https://www.top500.org/news/intel-consolidates-xeon-product-lines/
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