With AMD’s Threadripper slowly ripping apart Intel’s server lineup, Intel has introduced its next generation of Intel Xeon processors codenamed “Cooper Lake”. The new Xeon lineup is fabricated on Intel’s enhanced 14nm++ process.
However, the new Xeon processors are expected to hit the market sometime in the first half of the year. With AMD’ Epyc Rome gaining traction and taking on Intel’s data server customers with its sweet price to performance ratio, Intel is now scaling up their game, offering a mountainous 56 cores.
Unlike the previous generation, the Cooper Lake Xeon processors will be standardly socketed and will offer scalable performance. Intel has been dominating the market for the past 20 years when it comes to HPC and AI customers, including Advania and HLRN amongst others.
According to Lisa Spelman, the vice president and general manager of Data Center Marketing at Intel:
“We are excited about the early customer deployments of the Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 series that we introduced as part of our 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor family. Bringing a 56-core processor into our mainline Intel Xeon Scalable processor family in the next generation will further expand our ability to address customer needs for the highest levels of performance in artificial intelligence, high performance computing and high density infrastructure.”
The Intel Xeon processor-based on Cooper Lake will offer a scalable process and will vastly improve on the existing offering, doubling the number of cores from 28 to 56 along with a significant increase in the memory bandwidth, higher AI inference and increased training performance as compared to the Xeon 8200 platform.
Intel’s Cooper Lake architecture will be the first x86 processor which will support built-in AI training acceleration using Intel Deep Learning Boost with bfloat16 support. Intel has said that the upcoming 10nm Ice Lake processor will be compatible with Cooper Lake.
The Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 series is available for purchase right now and can be bought as part of pre-configured systems from Intel authorised resellers.