Intel said it expects the production of the next-generation Xeon Scalable processor (code-named Sapphire Rapids) will start during the first quarter of 2022, with ramp beginning in the second quarter of 2022.
Sapphire Rapids will feature a new microarchitecture designed to address the dynamic and increasingly demanding workloads in future data centers across compute, networking and storage. The processor is supported by a rich set of platform enhancements that will drive the adoption of industry-changing technologies like DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0.
Sapphire Rapids is built to be Intel’s highest performance data center processor, delivering low-latency, high-memory bandwidth across workloads.
Intel announced this week at the International Supercomputing Conference, versions of Sapphire Rapids will be offered with integrated High Bandwidth Memory (HBM), providing performance improvement for memory bandwidth-sensitive applications.
“We are doubling down on our leadership position with Sapphire Rapids through the integration of Intel Advanced Matrix Extensions (AMX). AMX is our next-generation built-in DL Boost advancement for deep learning performance and features a set of matrix multiplication instructions that will significantly advance DL inference and training,” Lisa Spelman, corporate vice president and general manager of the Xeon and Memory Group at Intel Corporation, said.
The other major acceleration engine Intel is building into Sapphire Rapids is the Intel Data Streaming Accelerator (Intel DSA). DSA is a high-performance engine targeted for optimizing streaming data movement and transformation operations common in high-performance storage, networking and data processing-intensive applications.