At the launch of HPC's SC19 conference, held November 17-22, in Denver, USA, Intel has revealed some informational tips on upcoming products. The biggest focus gets the unveiling of Ponte Veccio, Intel's Xe graphics unit for the professional market, which should be available in 2021.
Intel Xe graphics come in every market
Already in the last days, almost immediately after the NDA briefing in the past week, the rumors shot into the mud, which, however, only fragments of the call produced and deliver a false picture. The professional card Ponte Vecchio will not be the first solution with the Xe architecture, this promises Intel also on the sidelines of this briefing for 2020 and for the consumer sector. Rather, it is the special HPC offshoot, which will probably celebrate its debut in the supercomputer Aurora. But also other HPC sizes and Channel Partner The solutions should be timely received, said Intel, without naming names.
Intel Xe is the generic term for all future graphics architectures. Among them, however, are various microarchitectures grouped, each with its own focus with a very specific optimization point and goal, Ponte Vecchio is such a product for the HPC segment. For example, the first-ever DG1 mentioned in the last quarterly report is the desktop solution that Intel recently launched in its own laboratories. It will be optimized for almost a year before it goes on the market. For the field of the integrated GPU in the notebook there should be another one.
Ponte Vecchio is Intel Xe for professionals
Ponte Vecchio with the aim of HPC is also designed for massive scalability. The 7 nm production, fast graphics memory in the immediate vicinity as well as a Xe-Link via new industry standard CXL, which in turn is based on PCI Express 5.0, ensure a fast data exchange with all connected components. According to Intel, almost all of the latest developed technologies are used, which also includes EMIB and Foveros.
The supercomputer Aurora should convince not only in the graphics performance, but in the overall package. Intel sends in almost all areas of their latest achievements in the field. This starts with the processors from the Sapphire Rapids family, whom Intel today has a very high performance and "phenomenal" scale up and scale out certified. At the side of the CPU is DDR5 and Optane memory, controlled via an eight-channel memory interface.
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