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Intel announces Sierra Forest and Granite Rapids-D Xeon processors with AI Everywhere

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Brandon Lee
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@jnew1213 I am wondering how much power will be required for 288 cores? Eek  


Intel Corp. announced its development of two new silicon platforms, using its current high-performance chip architecture. These platforms include the Xeon processor, known as Granite Rapids-D, set for a 2025 release, and Sierra Forest, expected in the latter half of this year. These announcements were made at MWC 2024, where Intel also introduced a new Edge Platform aimed at managing infrastructure, applications, and AI workloads at the network's edge.

The company positions these new CPUs as tools for taking advantage of AI and automation's potential benefits, aiming to enhance operational efficiency and reduce ownership costs for next-gen applications. Intel's strategy, dubbed "AI Everywhere," seeks to update infrastructures across 5G, edge, and enterprise sectors with modern AI solutions.

Granite Rapids-D is anticipated to strengthen Intel's dominance in virtual radio access network (vRAN) workloads. Building on the foundation of its 4th Gen Intel Xeon Processors with vRAN Boost technology, Granite Rapids-D promises significant improvements in vRAN workload efficiency. These advancements could potentially lower the operational costs of vRAN deployments and facilitate broader global network coverage. The chip is currently under evaluation by industry players, like Samsung Electronics and Ericsson, with collaborations in place with Dell Technologies, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Lenovo, and others to ensure its market readiness.

Intel is also preparing for Granite Rapids-D's introduction by offering early access to its vRAN AI Development Kit to selected partners. This kit is designed to assist in creating, training, and deploying AI models for vRAN applications on general-purpose servers, enabling the optimization of vRAN networks for AI workloads.

Sierra Forest chips, available sooner than Granite Rapids-D, will sport up to 288 cores and incorporate Intel's latest E-core technology. This innovation is projected to offer a 2.7-fold increase in performance per rack for 5G workloads. Furthermore, Sierra Forest will introduce an enhanced version of Intel's Infrastructure Power Manager software, aiding in power consumption reduction without compromising performance.

Network operators and ecosystem partners have expressed significant interest in Sierra Forest and the Power Manager software, signaling a positive reception from industry stakeholders.

The Intel Edge Platform represents another facet of Intel's strategy, focusing on harnessing the vast data generated at the network's edge to improve customer experiences and automate business operations. This platform is designed to simplify the development, deployment, and management of edge and AI applications, providing cloud-like ease of use. It supports a wide range of components, promoting a lower total cost of ownership and enabling efficient, policy-based management of edge infrastructure and applications.

Developers can utilize the Edge Platform to optimize application orchestration, ensuring optimal placement of latency-sensitive workloads for enhanced performance. It also facilitates both low-code and high-code development of AI models and applications, from edge to cloud, supporting the creation of both horizontal edge services and vertical, industry-specific applications.

Intel plans to make the Edge Platform generally available before the end of the current quarter, emphasizing its commitment to empowering customers through innovative edge and AI technologies.

Posted : 26/02/2024 10:34 am
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I'm picturing human-sized hamster wheels being added to data centers to help power Intel Scalable machines and maybe Japanese women with collapsible fans lined up in an attempt to move hot air from formerly cold aisles into hot aisles.

I think I've mentioned once that at least one data center I'm aware of has had to thin out their stacking if Dell R760 servers due to heat and power use.

Software to help manage power use isn't a bad thing, but maybe Intel needs to ask itself where 7-nanometer is? Remember, "Intel 7," their current process is 10nm, not 7. They're apparently stuck. Bigger dies sucking more power.

Posted : 26/02/2024 11:05 am
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@jnew1213 oh man, that is so funny, really wondering where this is all going to wind up with Intel's increased core counts and if water cooling is just going to be required as standard moving forward. Like you said, unless they shrink the die, but not sure if Moore's law is biting Intel in ways that it hasn't AMD?

Posted : 26/02/2024 3:54 pm