Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) unveiled its 3RD generation Xeon processors on Thursday but the surprise revealing that they have best-in-class analytics and AI capabilities.
The company was excited to launch the 3rd generation Xeon processors thanks to the impressive leap over the previous generation. This time the company has packed the processors with impressive capacities that are particularly suited for AI and analytics applications. The processors also have inbuilt support for bfloat16, and they are ideal for server use. The capabilities make them ideal for running workloads in intelligent-edge environments, data centers, and networks.
Another key advantage with the new third-generation Xeon processors is that they are also scalable. This means that they will make it notably easier for AI training and inference. The impressive characteristics make them quite attractive as general-purpose processors for applications such as language modeling, speech recognition, recommendation engines, and image classification among others.
“The ability to rapidly deploy AI and data analytics is essential for today’s businesses,” stated Lisa Spelman, the General Manager of the Xeon and Memory Group at Intel.
Intel believes that AI and analytics will be critical for businesses in the future
This increasing need for data analytics and AI I the present-day business environment is a key driving force behind Intel’s decision to focus heavily on those two areas with the new Xeon processors. A variety of industries are expected to benefit from the capacities delivered through the new chipsets. They include transportation, telecommunications, healthcare, and finance industries.
Spelman noted that the launch of the new processors highlights Intel’s undying commitment towards software optimization and AI acceleration. The chips also come at an ideal time when the world is diving deeper into the Internet of Things. Intel also revealed its new Intel Optane persistent memory 200 lineup which will offer as much as 4,5Tb of memory for each socket. This will facilitate processor-intensive workloads such as high-powered computing, dense virtualization, and memory databases.
Intel is also offering its new generation solid-state drives which include the P5600 and D7-P5500. These have been built with the company’s triple-level cell (TLC) 3D NAND technology and are high-capacity drives. They have been designed to meet the highly demanding analytics and AI workloads.