Today's organizations rely on their applications to create value for customers and stand out from the competition. Doing so requires delivering more data faster. Unfortunately, given the size and variety of today's deployments, there have been no simple fixes until now. With its 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, Intel has improved several acceleration technologies to keep your data flowing faster than ever. Below, we examine these new advances and how they compare to their predecessors.
Top 6 Advances of 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors
As enterprise and cloud computing gain popularity, so do the microservices offered by vendors. However, challenges often stand in the way, such as infrastructure overhead, quality of service, and observability.
Coming to the aid of developers are:
- Intel Dynamic Load Balancer (Intel DLB)
- Intel Quick Assist Technology (Intel QAT)
- Intel Data Streaming Accelerator (Intel DSA)
These technologies offer throughput advances like:
- Up to 88% higher throughput vs. the prior generation on DeathStarBench Social Network Microservices workload (Read Home Timeline) with 100ms SLA
- Up to 61% higher throughput vs. the previous generation on DeathStarBench - Hotel Reservation Microservices workload
- Up to 96% lower latency at the same throughput (RPS) with Intel DLB vs. software for Istio ingress gateway working on six cores/12 threads
- Up to 2.5x higher throughput (RPS), 74% lower P99 latency, and 12% lower CPU utilization with 2 Intel QAT devices compared to a solution with no acceleration
- Up to 2.33x [MTU 1500, 1500B] and 2.63 [MTU 9000, 2400B] higher single core throughput with Intel DSA memory copy compared with software memory copy for CNI, Calico-VPP
- Freeing up CPU cores with the addition of an Intel Infrastructure Processing Unit (Intel IPU)
2. Content Delivery Networks
Growing content delivery networks (CDNs) constantly seek to serve more users without sacrificing performance. Now, providers can do just that with the combination of 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and Intel Quick Assist Technology (Intel QAT). Improvements in the latest generation include:
- Accelerated compression and encryption with 47% fewer cores than the prior generation allowing for more TLS-encrypted server connections with NGINX
- Quicker than ever content delivery while, at the same time, requiring fewer integration skills
- Up to 54% higher transactions per second vs. the prior generation on WordPress TLS 1.3 (Using the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Platinum 890H Processor)
- More capacity for lower cost, higher-capacity live, linear video streaming via Intel Optane Persistent Memory
- Accelerated packet processing and reduced latency with Intel Ethernet 800 Series network adapters
Although it's always challenging to lower the cost of IT infrastructure and increase performance, Intel has made it possible. By leveraging built-in accelerators, 4th Gen Intel Scalable Processors can deliver the following storage improvements:
- Up to 60% higher IOPs and up to 37% latency reduction for large packet sequential read with integration Intel Date Streaming Accelerator (Intel DSA) vs. the prior generation
- Up to 95% fewer cores and 2x higher level 1 compression throughput using built-in Intel QAT compared to the previous generation
4. Database Performance Gains
4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors offer the built-in Intel In-Memory Analytics Accelerator (Intel IAA) to improve the performance of CRM or other critical databases. By reducing the number of CPU cores needed and by reducing latency, Intel IAA delivers:
- Up to 3x higher RockDb performance using IAA vs. the prior generation
- Up to 50% higher ClickHouse DB performance over the prior generation
5. Web Applications
Speed is an undeniable factor in delivering better web experiences. With built-in accelerators for data movement, data compression, and cryptography, 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors offer:
- Up to 54% higher transactions per second vs. the prior generation platform on WordPress TLS 1.3
- Up to 50% higher HammerDB MySQL OLTP transactions compared to the prior generations
- Up to 47% fewer cores are required to attain the same connections per second using Intel QAT vs. the previous generation on NGINX key handshake
6. IoT & Edge
Modern deployments are often large and extend well beyond traditional data centers. As a result, Intel has ensured that the performance gains of 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors are felt across the entire organization, including Edge installations. Some examples of use case improvements include:
- Video Analytics - Leveraging Intel Advanced Matrix Extensions (Intel AMX), 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors can produce up to 2.3x higher frames per second (bf16) compared with the prior generation (fp32) in end-to-end video streaming.
- Factory Automation - 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, in combination with Intel AMX, Intel Resource Director Technology (Intel RDT), and Intel Edge Insights for Industrial (Intel EII), can help manufacturers detect defects, improve workflows, and enact predictive maintenance.
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) - Using the gains from multiple built-in accelerators, 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors can improve the performance and efficiency of containerized thin client applications.
UNICOM Engineering Platforms
How can you leverage the advantages of 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors in your deployments? To start, UNICOM Engineering offers multiple platforms:
E-1800 R7 Series
In a 1U rack configuration, these platforms leverage up to two 16 to 40-core 4th Gen Xeon Scalable Processors and offer 8 to 12 drive bays, four expansion slots, and multiple memory configurations, including options for Intel Optane Persistent Memory.
E-2900 R7 Series
The E-2900 R7 series offers the same CPU and memory options as the E-1800 but in a 2U solution. And they also accommodate the expansion of up to nine cards and 12 or 24 hot swap drives.
To address the 4U market, UNICOM has introduced the H-4448 platform that offers the same processor, disk, and memory configurations of the E series but with the added benefit of seven expansion card ports and accommodation for up to 48 hot swap drives.
Get Your Data Flowing & Your Applications Performing With UNICOM Engineering
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