Intel has announced Xeon D-2100, a new system-on-chip (SoC) processor architecture to address the needs of edge applications and data center or network applications. With applications and processes moving to the cloud, the demand for computational power has changed a great deal as well. With Xeon D-2100, Intel is addressing those needs with a scalable architecture.
Intel says the new Xeon D-2100 extends the performance of Intel Xeon Scalable platform used in the data center to the network edge and web tier. The SoC will particularly address the needs of network operators and cloud service providers who constantly face the need to continuously grow their performance and capacity without increasing power consumption.
The Xeon D-2100 processor will enable greater performance and hardware-enhanced security to the network edge and will complement the growing number of workloads demanding more computational power. It will also support analytics and data protection closer to endpoint devices. “To seize 5G and new cloud and network opportunities, service providers need to optimize their data center and edge infrastructures to meet the growing demands of bandwidth-hungry end users and their smart and connected devices,” said Sandra Rivera, senior vice president and general manager of the Network Platforms Group at Intel.
The new Xeon processor will also help communication service providers (CoSPs) to offer multi-access edge computing (MEC), which allows software applications to tap into local content and real-time information about local-access network conditions, reducing mobile core network of network congestion. The processor will enable use cases ranging from connected cars with 5G, smart connectivity at stadiums and other retail, medical solutions.
The new Intel Xeon D-2100 processor includes up to 18 ‘Skylake-server” generation Intel Xeon processor cores and integrated Intel QuickAssist Technology with up to 100 Gbps of built-in cryptography, decryption and encryption acceleration. They also include software updates to protect customers from security exploits like Spectre and Meltdown.
“The Intel Xeon D-2100 processor allows service providers and enterprises to deliver the maximum amount of compute intelligence at the edge or web tier while expending the least power,” added Rivera.
The processor will serve as an option for density-optimized, lightweight hyperscale cloud workloads such as dedicated hosting and warm storage. It will also bring higher performance to content delivery networks and entry enterprise SAN and NAS storage.