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Intel launched its new Intel Xeon Scalable processors on July 26. The product provides businesses with “breakthrough performance” to handle tasks such as real-time analytics, virtualized infrastructure and high-performance computing. Half a million of the processors have already been sold to AT&T and others.
The processors will drive “megatrends” such as cloud, analytics and 5G, said Firas Alfanney, Intel’s Data Center Group Sales Director for ME, Turkey, Africa and Russia, at a press conference in Dubai. “All of these trends are driven by data,” he said. “Today, smartphones are generating 30 megabytes per day, and a PC generates about 90 megabytes. When connected cars come into play, they will generate 40 terabytes per day. Data is increasing throughout all ecosystems.”
Businesses need to transform with this massive data growth, he said, in order to keep up with customer demand and provide the best services. For example, hybrid cloud is being promoted within the industry to give enterprises the flexibility to choose between private on-premise cloud and using some public cloud. This is going to be the trend in the future, Firas claims, and Intel’s new processors are the built for big data.
“At Intel we have been talking a lot about industry transformation,” Firas said, “The transformation of old industries adopting new technologies.” For example, farmers today now use drone technology, sensors and satellite imagery to assist them in meeting strong demand. Even in retail, sensors are used to help monitor stock. Data center is the core to support these megatrends, he said.
“Data center and network infrastructure is undergoing massive transformations to support emerging use cases like precision medicine, artificial intelligence and agile network services paving the path to 5G,” said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Data Center Group. “Intel Xeon Scalable processors represent the biggest data center advancement in a decade,” he said.
The processors are optimized to meet the wide range of performance demands in data centers and communications networks, offering up to 28 cores and up to 6 terabytes of system memory (4-socket systems), and scale to support 2-socket through 8-socket systems and beyond, powering entry-level workloads to the most mission-critical applications.
The processors are also “scalable” and are available at different levels to match the different sizes of enterprises. It’s not “one size fits all” Firas said. The Bronze level processor is for “light tasks” which moves up to Silver for “moderate tasks” and then Gold and Platinum which are “optimized for widest range of evolving/multi workloads”. The Platinum level processors have “scalable performance, hardware enhanced security, and advanced RAS.”
The general availability announcement of the processors follows Intel’s largest data center early ship program with more than half a million Intel Xeon Scalable processors already sold to leading enterprise, high-performance computing, cloud and communication services provider customers.
AT&T, the top telco in the US, has adopted the processors mainly for its ambitions with 5G and to cope with tremendous data growth. The processors require fewer servers and connect more virtual machines, which is ideal for 5G, since 5G is “all about network function virtualization.” The processors also provide the necessary power to run 5G, offer lower energy costs and space efficiency.
The benefits of the processors, Firas said, include a dramatic performance increase of 1.65x on average over previous generation technology. With 58 world records and counting, Intel Xeon Scalable delivers “industry leading performance across the broadest range of networks.”
The processors were architected to help customers accelerate the deployment of cloud infrastructure, transform communications networks and unleash artificial intelligence, said Firas. The product is supported by 480 Intel builders who verified its performance, and received broad support from a variety of technology leaders including Huawei, Lenovo, Nokia, Samsung, ZTE, Ericsson, Microsoft and AT&T.
The Infinite Capacity Engine is the first optical subsystem in the industry to offer network operators the combined benefits of delivering optical super-channel capacity up to 2.4 terabits per second (Tb/s) and reach up to 12,000 kilometers in a single small package.
The Infinite Capacity Engine is powered by the advanced electronics of Infinera's next generation FlexCoherent® Processor and the cutting-edge photonics of Infinera’s fourth generation photonic integrated circuit (PIC). The Infinite Capacity Engine will be integrated into Infinera Intelligent Transport Network platforms customized for long-haul terrestrial, subsea, metro and data center interconnect networks to provide a comprehensive set of solutions to customers.
Transport network bandwidth requirements are growing exponentially, driven by the rapid growth of cloud-based services, increasing broadband access speeds, 5G mobile data, the Internet of Things and on-line video. To support the growing demand for on-demand network capacity, new groundbreaking innovations are required.
A Step Function in WDM Performance
Enabling a step function in optical networking performance, Infinera's new Infinite Capacity Engine is designed from the ground up to deliver an unmatched 2.4 Tb/s of optical bandwidth and long reach in the world’s smallest subsystem. In addition, the Infinite Capacity Engine consumes extremely low power – 82 percent lower power per gigabits per second (Gb/s) than the nearest competitor’s solution.
The Infinite Capacity Engine delivers multiple industry breakthroughs
- Massive scale: Infinera’s Infinite Capacity Engine enables massive network scale supporting super-channels up to 2.4 Tb/s from a single subsystem with up to 12 times more bandwidth than other implementations.
- Advanced Coherent Toolkit (ACT): The Infinite Capacity Engine delivers up to 60 percent more capacity-reach performance for submarine and terrestrial networks than the current generation of optical technologies. The Infinera ACT features Nyquist subcarriers, a new technology that increases tolerance for non-linear effects and SD-FEC gain sharing. In addition, multiple modulation formats are supported including matrix enhanced – phase shift keying (ME-PSK), BPSK, QPSK, 8QAM and 16QAM.
- Sliceable super-channels: The Infinite Capacity Engine provides the unique ability to deliver 2.4 Tb/s of capacity in a single module with a single fiber pair. In addition, it provides fine-grained and flexible control of optical wavelengths at 100 Gb/s. The Infinite Capacity Engine can tune and route a 100 Gb/s wavelength or N x 100 Gb/s super-channels in multiple separate directions with any specified flexible grid coherent modulation. As a result, network line-card module requirements can be reduced up to 77 percent while delivering tremendous flexibility. Moreover, total cost of ownership can be reduced by up to 53 percent as compared to non-sliceable implementations.
- In-flight wire-speed encryption: The Infinite Capacity Engine encrypts traffic transparently at Layer 1 on a per service basis or in the bulk mode per super-channel, using the strong 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) key. The Infinite Capacity Engine is integrated with effortless key exchange and cryptography mechanisms, providing wire-rate multi-terabit processing with more capacity than current industry solutions.
Enabling New Flexible Network Architectures
With the Infinite Capacity Engine, Infinera has defined a new approach to deliver multi-terabit capacity in optical networks. The Infinite Capacity Engine enables the pre-deployment of bandwidth that is service-ready and can be provisioned on-demand in 100 Gb/s increments with simple software activation leveraging Infinera Instant Bandwidth. Instant Bandwidth has proven to be the leading approach to rapid deployment of services, enabling new capacity to be deployed in less than one hour. Infinera’s standard license offerings have been expanded to include Time-based Instant Bandwidth providing 100G temporary licenses enabling capacity to be deployed for a specific duration of time. This capability combined with up to 2.4 Tb/s of pre-deployed capacity can be SDN-controlled in 100G increments with each slice configurable for color, modulation and direction enabling network operators a way to dramatically reduce operational rigidity and forecasting complexity. The Infinite Capacity Engine allows network operators to instantly deploy massive increments of line-side bandwidth when and where they need it; whereas, it would take weeks or months to deploy bandwidth with a competing solution.
Don McAuley, Vice President, Products at Interoute commented: “Interoute is a company of firsts. We have a track record of innovation that has ensured our customers have access to the most advanced, costs competitive ICT infrastructure in the market. Infinera’s advanced network technology helps us deliver services faster, and eliminate unnecessary cost and complexity so we can continue to stay ahead of our competitors and deliver value to our customers. The integration of highly advanced photonics and electronics in optical systems, increases network scalability, power efficiency and agility. This means we can stay competitive as our customer bandwidth demands continue to grow and change rapidly based on the dynamic nature of today’s cloud and end-user requirements.”
“The Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine ushers in a new era in optical transport networking and is the foundation for network operators to rapidly respond to massive bandwidth demands,” said Dr. Dave Welch, Infinera co-founder and president. “Interoute has deployed several pan European network innovations using Infinera technology and we see them as an Industry pioneer, building fast, high capacity, highly scalable services for their customers. This demonstrates a need for our investment in vertically integrating photonic functions and designing electronics chipsets in-house that allow Infinera to build solutions from the component to the system level. Infinite Capacity Engine serves as the fundamental building block for the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network portfolio and we plan to introduce customized engines designed for various network applications, far exceeding comparable industry implementations in performance.”
The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network platforms using the Infinite Capacity Engine will be announced later this year.