Intel announces 3rd generation “Xeon Scalable” processor–46% performance improvement

Intel officially announced the latest 3rd generation “Xeon Scalable” processor (codename “Ice Lake”) on April 6th. Based on 10 nanometers, with up to 40 cores per processor, it will be the foundation of Intel’s data center platform.
The chip is designed for workloads in a wide range of markets, from cloud to network to edge. According to Intel, all “front-line” cloud service providers are expected to offer services built on Ice Lake. The company also revealed that 50 OEM partners have adopted the chip in more than 250 designs. Navin Shenoy, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Data Platforms Group, said in a statement that the third-generation Xeon platform is “the most flexible and powerful in our history.” According to Intel, Ice Lake delivers an average 46% performance improvement over typical data center workloads compared to its predecessor. The processor also adds the “Intel Software Guard Extension (Intel SGX)” and “Intel Crypto Acceleration” to enhance security. It also incorporates “Intel Deep Learning Boost (Intel DL Boost)” technology to help improve the performance of artificial intelligence (AI) applications. The platform supports up to 6TB of system memory per socket, up to 8 channels of DDR4-3200, and up to 64 lanes of PCI Express 4.0 (PCIe Gen4).