5 takeaways from Intel Vision 2022

Last week, Intel clarified at its “Intel Vision 2022” conference, its vision for the near future and announced several new products.

Intel’s vision, according to its new CEO Pat Gelsinger, is based on four “superpowers”: ubiquitous connectivity, ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence and cloud-to-edge infrastructure. The company has set its own goal of develop technologies that change the world and improve the lives of every person on the planet “.

A few weeks after this Intel Investor Day 2022, Intel continues to show its renewed dynamism and its desire to push change to new frontiers. On the occasion of the “Intel Vision 2022” event, the company presented new products and new lines of thinking …

Here are the top 5 announcements to keep in mind:

1/ A new very powerful mobile processor: the Core-HX

Intel continues to expand its 12 versionsika generation of Intel Core processors. Recalling that 140 million PCs in companies are over 4 years old, the founder is launching a new powerful processor for mobile “workstations”: theIntel Core-HX.

With its 16 Alder Lake cores (8 Performance cores, 8 great cores, 24 threads) clocked at 5 GHz (in its Core i9 version), it’s Intel’s most powerful mobile processor.

The range includes 2 Intel Core i5 models (with 8 or 12 cores), 3 Core i7 models (with 14 or 16 cores) and 2 Core i9 models (16 cores).
In other words, Intel promised desktop machine performance in a mobile package.

2/ The IPU roadmap is taking shape

Intel Vision 2022 - IPUs attack data centers to optimize them.To reduce the complexity and inefficiencies of data centers, Intel introduced a new concept last year: the IPU. This “Infrastructure Processing Unit” chip wants to offload the CPUs of communications and network management tasks that can take up to 88% of CPU time in micro-service architectures. ” IPU is a new category of technologies and one of the strategic pillars of our cloud strategyexplained Guido Appenzeller, chief technology officer, Data Platforms Group at Intel last year. It builds on our SmartNIC capabilities and is designed to solve the complexity and inefficiencies of the modern data center “.
Intel released a roadmap to 2026 featuring FPGA platforms (Oak Springs Canyon at Hot Springs Canyon) and ASICs (Mount Evans at Mount Morgan MMG) as well as 800G Network products.

According to Intel, the Mount Evans ASIC available in 2022 will deliver the second generation of IPUs taking into account the lessons learned with SmartNICs and the first generation of IPUs. The first customer of this ASIC was Google and its Google Cloud infrastructures. This will be followed at the end of 2023 by Mount Morgan being calibrated for the 400G network.

On the FPGA side, Oak Springs Canyon, also available in 2022, is a 200G version of the first -generation IPU. This will be followed in 2024 by the third generation “Hot Springs Canyon” designed for the 400G network.

The 800G generation is expected by the end of 2025, beginning of 2026.

3/ Sapphire Rapids Xeons are approaching

Intel Vision 2022: Intel prepares for the arrival of Xeon Scalable Gen 4Intel has confirmed that it has begun shipping a pre-series of its fourth-generation Intel Xeon Scalable to its partners.

Addressing the code name Sapphire Raids, this generation is 30 times faster on AI workloads. It supports DDR5 memory, the PCIe Gen 5 bus, and the CXL 1.1 protocol. The most powerful model seems to have 56 cores (with 112 threads).

The processor is engraved with “Intel 7” technology, but Intel doesn’t seem to have failed in later technologies as it introduced Wafers engraved with Intel 4 (the Meteor Lake technology of the 14th generation Core i in 2023) and even with Intel 20A.

4/ New AI accelerators

LIntel Vision 2022: Gaudi 2 to speed up learning and a Gecko to strengthen the implementation of inferencesIntel’s Habana Labs was also honored. Intel announced the second generation of Gaudi accelerators. Unlike most AI accelerators, Gaudí 2 is specifically designed to strengthen the training stages of large AI models. Designed in 7nm, the Gaudi 2 accelerators manage 24 integrated 100 GbE RoCE ports and embed 96 GB of HBM2e memory. These have been shown by Intel as offering twice as much bandwidth than the hugely popular NVidia A100 GPU on AI-focused HPC infrastructures.

At the same time, Habana Labs has also developed a new inference accelerator: the Greek. The successor to the Goya which is engraved at 16nm, the Greek is engraved at 7nm and requires three times less energy to operate at its maximum. To enable greater speed and inference efficiency in computer vision deployments, Greco integrates on-chip media stream encoding and processing, and supports HEVC, H.264, JPEG and P-JPEG. Additionally, Greco supports many data types, Bfloat 16, FP16, INT8/UINT8, INT4/UINT4, giving customers options and flexibility in balancing speed and inference accuracy.

5/ Project Amber, a TaaS for confidential computing

Intel Vision 2022: Project AmberPopular topic among hyperscalers, “confidential computing” offers hardened servers where each tenant lives in an encrypted bubble.

This confidential computing is based on specific mechanisms implemented at the heart of processors and on a verification process called “attestation”. Intel announced a SaaS service, called Project Amber, making it possible to separate the authentication authority from the infrastructure provider. In other words, it allows companies not to store encrypted bubble keys in the infrastructure itself but to have them elsewhere. This is an additional guarantee of confidentiality and sovereignty.

Presented as a TaaS (Trust as a Service) agnostic service by any cloud provider, multicloud, with integrity verification mechanisms can be verified, Project Amber wants to allow companies to remotely verify reliability of cloud, edge and on-prem (on site).

With the introduction of Project Amber, Intel takes Confidential Computing to the next level confirming our commitment to a Zero Trust approach to authenticating and verifying IT assets at the network, edge and cloud level. explains Greg Lavender, Intel’s project manager.


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