Live Intel 4th Gen Xeon Benchmarks: Sapphire Rapids Accelerators Revealed

This afternoon at Intel Innovation 2022 in San Jose, Intel offered a sneak peek of the capabilities of the on-board accelerators of its forthcoming 4th Generation Xeon Processor family, known as Sapphire Rapids. In fact, we were treated to a hands-on “Intel 4th Gen Xeon Accelerator Experience” today, to watch Sapphire Rapids in action versus AMD’s EPYC 7763 64-core Milan processor. We were invited into a data center server room setup, with the delightful sound of rack servers screaming, to witness firsthand live benchmark runs of specific accelerated workloads. The workloads to...

NVIDIA To Fuel Metaverse, Cars, And Robots With Powerful Omniverse Updates, Thor Superchip, Grace CPU And More

NVIDIA kicked off its GTC Developer conference today with a keynote address by Founder and CEO Jensen Huang. The new GeForce RTX 40 Series cards announced at the start will certainly garner the lion's share of headlines, but the company’s announcements span many industries and markets. Today’s keynote also introduced the world to new advancements in NVIDIA’s Omniverse toolset, including AI, platforms, and cutting-edge hardware that includes the Grace CPU and Grace Hopper Superchips, automotive Drive Thor processor, and Ada Lovelace L40 datacenter GPU. Huang’s talk flowed...

Arm Reveals Powerful Neoverse Platform Updates For Next-Gen Data Centers And The Cloud

Designing mobile CPU cores like those found in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is only one aspect of Arm’s business. The company licenses designs for a myriad of enterprise use cases as well, which range from the datacenter to edge devices, and everywhere in between. Today, Arm has announced significant improvements coming with its next-generation enterprise Neoverse platform. The Arm Neoverse platform is designed for hyperscale and high-performance compute customers. In other words, it is found in systems that power datacenters and the cloud. The Neoverse platform is broadly divided...

Samsung’s Next Gen Flash Storage Products Feed Big Data And Drive Faster Mobile Devices

Samsung talked about its next gen storage technologies during a keynote at the Flash Memory Summit 2022. During the Santa Clara Convention Center event, the South Korean electronics giant touched on what it bills as transformative technology coming to a wide range of devices from the data center to your pocket. Beginning with its big guns, Samsung introduced its descriptively named ‘Petabyte Storage’ technology. With this advance, Samsung says that a single server unit will be able to pack in over a petabyte of storage. Thus, server manufacturers will be able to provide denser storage...

Solidigm SSD D7-P5520 Review: Big, Fast NVMe Cloud Storage

Earlier this year, SK Hynix acquired Intel’s NAND flash business and formed a new entity, dubbed Solidigm. For all intents and purposes – to this point, at least – Solidigm's operation is a well-oiled machine and subsidiary that has taken Intel’s established and respected NAND flash business and ran with it under a new name. As such, the first Solidigm product we’ll be showing you here today, the SSD D7-P5520, may cause a few double-takes. As you’ll see, the physical drives still carry Intel branding and carry on with the same model number scheme and design....

AMD Details Zen 4 EPYC CPU And CDNA 3 GPU Roadmaps With AI Engines Fueled By Xilinx

If you thought AMD would only talk about dollars and cents at its Financial Analyst Day event, think again. Sure, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su shared plenty of data on TAM growth opportunities and ongoing investments, but it’s all predicated on a wide-ranging portfolio of compute and graphics products for both consumer and data center clients. We already covered the consumer side yesterday with details on RDNA 3 chiplets, 3D V-cache for Zen 4, and Phoenix Point laptop chips. In this article, we’ll go over AMDs’ data center announcements and claims. Let’s get started. AMD 4th Gen...

Kioxia's CD8 Series PCIe 5 SSDs Dish Up To 15TB Of Dense Data Center Storage At 7.2GB/s

It was only around four and a half months ago when Kioxia debuted its CD7 series of cutting-edge SSDs for data centers, which entered the market as the industry's first PCIe 5.0 models to support the EDSFF E3.S (7.5mm) form factor. Now just a relatively short while later, Kioxia announced it sampling its second generation PCIe 5.0 SSDs for enterprise and data center customers, the CD8 series. Kioxia's CD8 models ship in a 2.5-inch, 15mm Z-height form factor. As such, they fill need for faster PCIe 5.0 storage for enterprise and data center servers that have not yet transitioned to EDSFF, or perhaps...

NVIDIA Launches Hopper H100, World's Largest AI And Compute Accelerator With 30x A100 Performance

Back in the 1990s, NVIDIA got its start selling graphics adapters for desktop PCs. After a rocky start with the NV1, NVIDIA established itself as a performance leader soon thereafter with the release of the TwiN-Texel (TNT) chip, and with the original GeForce 256, as a technology leader, too. That's all ancient history now, but the facts haven't changed: NVIDIA is the world's biggest producer of discrete graphics processors. People usually simply say "GPUs," yet that's become a bit of an ironic name as the years go on. Team Green still sells lots of graphics chips, of course, but the biggest portion...

NVIDIA Unveils 144-Core Grace CPU Superchip, NVLink-C2C Interconnect To Shred HPC Workloads

NVIDIA is expanding its CPU design efforts in with the introduction of its Grace CPU Superchip, its first discrete data center CPU for high performance computing (HPC) workloads. It's actually two processors linked together in the same package. The chips connect coherently over NVLink-C2C, a new high-speed, low-latency, chip-to-chip interconnect that NVIDIA also unveiled today at GTC 2022. The Grace CPU Superchip is intended to complement NVIDIA's Grace Hopper Superchip, a hybrid CPU-GPU integrated module introduced last year for giant-scale HPC and AI applications. Both solutions share the same...

AMD Unveils 3rd Gen EPYC Milan-X Data Center CPUs With 3D V-Cache For A Huge Performance Uplift

Following up on its launch of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D in the consumer sector, AMD today unveiled its 3rd Gen EPYC "Milan-X" processors for the data center with similar stacked 3D V-cache enhancements and chip packaging technology. Compared to its non-stacked 3rd Gen EPYC processors, AMD is claiming up to a massive 66 performance uplift across a variety of targeted technical computing workloads by effectively tripling the L3 cache available on its EPYC lineup. The keyword there is "targeted." AMD is upfront that Milan-X EPYC CPUs were designed to benefit specialized workloads, and so it won't be...

Cisco Small Business Router Security Flaws Allow Malicious Code Execution, Patch ASAP

A new Security Advisory from Cisco has outlined a huge number of security-related vulnerabilities and issues that have been patched in their latest firmware update. The security advisory says to run updates on the devices affected immediately. The advisory, which was first published on February 2 and updated again on February 4 of 2022, outlines that a large number of bugs have been patched in the latest firmware available for the devices. The bugs that were patched allow things such as arbitrary code execution, elevating privileges, arbitrary command execution, and bypass authorization and authentication....

AMD Unveils EPYC With 3D V-Cache, Beastly Dual-Die Instinct MI200 GPU For Massive HPC Workloads

For chip companies, bigger profit margins can be found in the data center market, and that's often where we see new innovations manifest first before trickling into the consumer space. To wit, we know AMD is prepping a Zen 3 refresh with stacked 3D V-cache. While we patiently wait, AMD today also just introduced 3rd Gen EPYC processors with 3D V-cache. Combined with its also-new Instinct MI200 GPU accelerators, AMD claims to be arming data centers and high performance computing (HPC) customers with the arsenal they need for the exascale era. That's the theme of today's unveiling—the need...

NVIDIA Shows Beefy Arm CPUs Battling x86 Servers For A100 GPU-Powered Cloud AI Dominance

NVIDIA is thumping its chest over a round of impressive benchmark runs that highlight the potency of mixing its A100 accelerators with either Arm or x86 hardware. Regardless of the CPU platform, NVIDIA contends that its accelerators enable the "best results in AI inference," and it has another batch of benchmarks to support its claim. The GPU maker is especially interested in highlighting results obtained with A100 and Arm hardware. Traditionally, data centers have turned to x86 silicon, which is well-suited for the kinds of demanding workloads they're constantly being hammered with, for a variety...

NVIDIA Grace Next-Gen Arm CPU Delivers 10x Performance Lift For Giant-Scale AI And HPC Workloads

During its GTC 2021 keynote today, NVIDIA unveiled a new product for high performance computing (HPC) clients, its first-ever data center CPU called Grace. Based on Arm's architecture, NVIDIA claims Grace serves up 10x better performance than the fastest servers on the market currently, for complex artificial intelligence and HPC workloads. To be clear, though this is NVIDIA's first data center CPU, it is not intended to compete head-to-head against Intel's Xeon lineup and AMD's EPYC processors. NVIDIA made a point to say this, noting it continues to provide full support for all big iron server...

AMD EPYC 7003 Series Unveiled: Big Iron Zen 3 Takes Flight

AMD just launched its next-generation EPYC server processors, codenamed Milan, based on the company’s leading Zen 3 microarchitecture. The new EPYC 7003 series is an important milestone for AMD. The company has made significant in-roads in servers and data centers in recent years, and the arrival of the EPYC 7003 series brings with it significantly improved IPC and per-core performance, better multi-core scaling, and more flexible memory configuration options (among other new features), in a package that’s socket compatible with previous-gen offerings – existing EPYC platforms...

Zoom Like A Pro With This Video Conference Home Studio Optimization Guide

Whether you're streaming, video podcasting, or working from home to join meetings on Zoom or Microsoft Teams, visual fidelity is important. Video calls are hard to handle when we can't understand each other and body language is important. Streams on Twitch or  YouTube video with poor quality are an easy pass, as well. We've previously talked about improving audio quality with some simple-to-use USB microphones, so now it's time to improve your video production value as well. Be Sure To Check Our Best USB Microphones For Audio Fidelity As Well Camera Setups That Look Great We've been setting...

Microsoft Warns Web Shell Attacks That Maliciously Harness Servers Increased Dramatically In 2020

As long as computers have been around, there have been hackers who have progressively improved and become sneakier at exploiting them. Last year, Microsoft used Microsoft 365 Defender data to find that web shell attacks, which are simple yet effective pieces of malicious code embedded into a web server, are rising. This year, they found that trend “not only continued, it accelerated: every month from August 2020 to January 2021.” Web shells, as Microsoft describes, are just “a small piece of malicious code,” that “allows attackers to run commands on servers to steal...

NVIDIA Pursues Arm For A Disruptive Acquisition That Could Send Shockwaves

If rumors are accurate, or if where there is smoke there is usually fire, we could be soon witnessing a major shakeup in the chip industry. Multiple mainstream business press outlets are reporting this evening that NVIDIA is making a serious run at Arm, which is owned by Japanese mega-corporate holding company, SoftBank. As you might recall from earlier this month, rumors were swirling that SoftBank was looking to offload Arm, which it purchased back in 2016 for $31.4 billion in cash. Arm chip architecture designs and IP are employed across multiple industries, including numerous gadgets and hardware...

Kingston DC1000M SSD Review: Big, Fast NVMe Storage

Kingston recently released its DC1000M series of solid-state drives for data center applications, capped off by a massive 7.68TB model. The DC1000M series leverages a hot-pluggable U.2 (2.5”, 15mm) form factor, that’s compatible with U.2 backplanes and the drives target mixed-use, data-intensive workloads, including Cloud computing, web hosting, high-performance computing (HPC), virtual infrastructures, and AI and deep learning applications. There are four drives in the initial Kingston DC1000M family, bookended by a 960GB model and the aforementioned 7.68TB behemoth. We’ve got...

Intel Unleashes New 3rd Gen Xeons, Optane Memory, And FPGAs To Accelerate AI And Analytics

The Intel Data Center Group (DCG) unveiled a plethora of new products today targeting AI and big data analytics workloads, including 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable Processors, 200 Series Optane Persistent Memory, AI-optimized Stratix 10 NX FPGAs, and faster 3D NAND-based solid state drives. Over the last few years, Intel has taken a multi-pronged approach to its data center products portfolio. In addition to advancing its processor platforms to improve compute performance and better accelerate new, emerging workloads, Intel has also focused on bringing data closer to the processor, and granting the...

Working From Home Guide: Top Tips For Maximum Productivity

Managing Editor Marco Chiappetta's home office is pretty sweet You don't need us to tell you that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is dominating the news and sits at the forefront of just about everybody's mind. Across the nation, state governments are closing schools, local governments are banning folks from gathering, and leagues are canceling sporting events. In fact, if you've been hanging around with Jared Leto, and haven't heard of what the World Health Organization is calling a global pandemic, it's time to get out from under that rock where you've been living. Because of the health crisis, many...

Cloudflare Dumps Intel For AMD EPYC To Power Gen X Servers With Fat Caches And Better Security

Losing a bit of market share to Ryzen should have been a wake up call for Intel, and to some extent, it was—Intel said last September it was vowing to "aggressively compete in all segments." The troubled path to 10-nanometer production while rival AMD racks up wins with its 7nm tech should have been a wake up call as well. And lest another wake up call is still needed, Cloudflare is breaking up with Intel after a long relationship and courting AMD exclusively for its Gen X servers. Cloudflare is yet another feather in AMD's cap, and it speaks to the stiff competition Intel is facing against...

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