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5 Servers Using Intel’s Xeon Scalable Cooper Lake CPUs

These quad-socket servers off a range of configuration options for those who want to take advantage of the new AI capabilities from Intel‘s third-generation Xeon Scalable lineup.

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OEM Support From Gigabyte, HPE, Inspur, Lenovo, Supermicro

With Intel‘s first batch of third-generation Xeon Scalable processors, the chipmaker is targeting data-intensive artificial intelligence workloads in servers with four and eight sockets.

The new server processors, code-named Cooper Lake, launched in June, bring new performance gains over Intel‘s second-generation Xeon Scalable lineup and introduce an additional instruction set for built-in AI acceleration called bfloat16, which Intel said can boost training performance 1.93 times and inference performance 1.9 times when performing single-precision floating point math.

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The new processors feature up to 28 cores, up to 3.1 GHz in base frequency, up to 4.3 GHz in single-core turbo frequency and up to six channels of DDR4-3200 memory with ECC support. They also support Intel‘s new Optane Persistent Memory 200 Series, which comes in 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB modules and which Intel said can provide more than 225 faster access to data than a mainstream NAND SSD.

With only support for four- and eight-socket servers, the 11 Cooper Lake processors represent a limited market opportunity in the data center in contrast to much larger market for one- and two-socket servers. However, hyperscalers like Alibaba Cloud, Baidu, Facebook and Tencent Cloud are buying into the processors for their high-end AI capabilities. Organizations looking for Intel‘s next big release for one- and two-socket servers will have to wait until the end of the year, when shipments begin for the next batch of third-generation Xeon Scalable processors, code-named Ice Lake.

But that doesn‘t mean Cooper Lake isn’t getting any love from OEMs. Gigabyte, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Inspur, Lenovo and Supermicro have all announced servers coming out this year that will support the new processors from Intel. What follows are five servers supporting Intel’s Cooper Lake processors, with a variety of CPU configurations.

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